I caused a twittery burst of enthusiasm the other night when I tweeted about some lovely vintage threads I’d found available in an online store… in their original boxes too. I couldn’t resist buying a few..
The colour labels on the sides of the boxes:
and the threads:
Aren’t they lovely! I’m pleased with the colours because I just picked out the boxes that were the cheapest, and wasn’t really sure how good the colours were going to be. The boxes are particularly brilliant – all lined with tissue paper with their colour labels on the side. I find them very evocative, especially because someone has carefully kept a running tally of how many skeins are left in each box. I have visions of a recently closed-down shop, with a storeroom full of beautifully organised haberdashery… what a thought!
A few people were surprised at where I’d found them – in the Oxfam online Second-hand Store, because they didn’t know that there even was such a thing. So I thought I’d share this little snippet of online shopping wisdom with you too. There’s still a fair few boxes left (some pretty pricey I admit) in the Linen and Fabric department, which is also a great place to look for yarn, fabric and vintage patterns. I often pick up some nice clothes too – when I was buying the threads I also managed to acquire a really pretty Betty Jackson blouse. My summer wardrobe now looks a lot more interesting.
I know a lot of people wont buy second hand, but I love it – for budgetary and eco reasons, and the Oxfam online store is a great place to do it without having to trawl through racks of shelves in charity shops. Would love to hear about other great places to pick up vintage and second-hand stuff online – we all know the obvious ones, but would love to hear of the more out of the way places, especially the ones where you might be able to pick up a bargain.