Thursday, June 27

Mend, Soak, Wash...Repeat.

I've come across a bunch of awesome pieces in the past few months. Not only vintage clothes, but vintage fabric, antique lace, and scarves.

And it's awesome! Every time I buy something new, or go hunting for new treasures, it renews my love. I spend days imagining who will end up with this great piece of history that I happened upon.

And sometimes you have to take a chance...take a deep breath and either dive in or turn around and walk back down the ladder.

And sometimes you find out that gleaming clean pool is actually like a giant mud puddle.

Missing buttons, ripped seams, stains & funky odors are just some of the surprises we vintage sellers find. It's like winning more on a scratch ticket than you'd thought...only it's's funky basement moth ball scent that takes five washes to lift.

Anyways, I had been putting off restoring a few things & all of a sudden those few things had taken over an entire chair at the dining room table. Like heaping-over-the-table-can't-smoosh-it-down-and-push-in-anymore takeover.

So that's what I've been doing and that's what's coming soon. We vintage sellers are like your Grandma...
"That button's a bit loose, Sweetie, come here & I'll fix ya right up"

This doily was Orange with stains & smelled horrible. So it was quarantined...this is it's fifth and final rinse, I wish I'd taken pictures of the before. I've been hoarding little doilies like this for some future wedding crafting.

Until next time friends!


Sandra Quitzimouche said...

oh, i know the ''to mend/to wash'' piles!

for some reason it always takes me the longest time to get to it, especially when it's my own stuff.

then i have too many ''hand wash only'' things that turn into permanent piles under the bed...

i'm afraid to soak stuff for too long - i had too many experiences of getting rust stains because of it so i'm cautious with stuff that has any metal.

that quarantine jar is a great idea! it's amazing how white it looks now!

last year my mum salvaged this amazing little embroidered blouse from my grandpa's house - he's been using it as a rag!

it still has a bunch of brownish spots on the bottom, but after endless soaking i chose to just wear it as is. maybe next wash some stain lifting miracle will happen?

Acorns from Elms said...

Yep! Although, I'm more of a stuff them into plastic bags and shove them into the linen closet kinda hoarder ;)

Rust stains have broken my heart more than once...Mystery stains too. I'm always hoping that One Last Soak will remove it...maybe one day?

It's lucky your mom rescued that blouse! It was Clearly in the wrong hands! Good luck with the stains & until that miracle happens, keep rocking it!