Plus-Size Steampunk

Maximum Fabulous – Minimum Budget
October 3rd, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Thrifting can be Hazardous…ah but the Bargains!

Back from the Clearance saleTwo weeks ago I saw a notice on facebook that the local Dritz sewing notions manufacturing plant was having a big clearance sale…can you say 75% off?  Ah the joys of living in the manufacturing part of the South! For 11 am on a Saturday, the place was not as packed as I expected. The workers were well prepared, handing me a large plastic bag, the kind that king-size comforters come in, and I p roceeded to fill it up.

First up, Gimp Braid, whole spools of it, though the spools were broken. I got 30 yards at least, maybe more. It took me half an hour just to untangle and wrap it up.  Then there were jeweled buckles, overall buckles, grommets, d-rings, sewing kits, hem tape, oven cleaner ( how did they know?) and well….see for yourself.  I had to stand in line for half an hour just to be checked out. Lucky for me they had good wi-fi, and I spent the time doing research on my phone.

straw into gold

The braid was particularly nice, ranging from a 1/2 inch to nearly 1-1/2 inch wide, with pure gold and gold and black. I also got TEN YARDS of 4-inch Black Fringe . Wesley Snipes (To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar) got nothing on what I’m going to do with that!  IF I had only stopped there. But as you can see, I got into the spirit of the thing.

The “craze” for curtains hung from rings has apparently died, as there were dozens of the rings lying about. I though thtey might make some kind of interesting connector or punch-through hole for something.  I’m sure I’ll eventually do something with all this stuff, but what will most likely happen is that I’ll take it for a swap–one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. This would have been a budget buster, had it not been for the clearance sale. Next time I’ll take someone with me so that I don’t bring home so much junk. Still, it was fun.

Lesson for next time: if you can’t tell what you are going to do with it, leave it there. Now I have to find somewhere to put all this stuff until I can craft it.


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