Second Hand Books and Fabric Store Finds!

On Saturday I got to spend the day with one of my younger  sisters and have some much needed girl time and giggles after a long, stressful week. It was so wonderful to spend time with her and I had so much fun, even in the blazing heat! We went to one of our favourite places to find used books – our library’s second hand book store! – and to Fabricland for a poke around. I needed to stock up on zippers, thread and interfacing and I also wanted to try and hunt down some fabric for the many, many projects I have planned.

At the library’s book store, I found some amazing books, including these:


From left to right: Tinseltown by William J. Mann, Flapper by Joshua Zeitz and Destination: Morgue! by James Ellroy

I can’t wait to get started on them!

After the book store, we took the bus down to Fabricland, stopping on the way to have a cold drink and cool off. Luckily my sister didn’t seem to mind wandering through Fabricland with me, because I lose all track of time whenever I walk through the doors and I think we ended up being there for a few hours! By the time we left, it was just a few minutes to closing time – luckily one of the awesome women who work there let us know when it was about 15 minutes to close so we could finish up and I could get my fabric cut!

I was able to get some zippers, thread and some cute buttons:


Zippers, basting thread, regular thread and buttonhole twist, plus some cute buttons. Also pictured, elastic from Walmart. It seems I like making zippers into rainbows.

One of my absolute favourite finds was a 20 yard package of lightweight fusible interfacing, which was on sale for $13.50, down from $33.95!


Pellon Lightweight Fusible Interfacing, 20″ x 20 yards.

What an amazing deal! I’m always, always running out of interfacing and never have enough on hand. If I’d had more money on me and had realized what a great deal it was (I grabbed it on the way out of the store because they were closing, and just saw the weight and sale price) I probably would have bought more and seen if they had some in different weights as well!

And I found these two cute cotton fabrics:

(Click to enlarge images)

I bought 2 metres of the fabric on the left to make my husband a pair of shorts, which (after enduring major headaches over the pattern) is now finished and very much loved by the man himself! I want to buy more of this fabric to make him a kitschy button down shirt!

I’m not sure what I’ll make with the fabric on the right yet, but I had to buy it, it was just too cute to leave behind! They only had 2.4 metres left in the store and I cleared them out. I wish there had been more, because I would love, love, LOVE to make this into a ridiculously fun 1950’s New Look style dress. As it is, I’ll have to see what I can manage with it. The fabric is “Playdate” by the MY♥KT design team at Windham Fabrics and you can find out more about it here. Since this fabric is inspired by the 1930’s, maybe I can eke out some kind of basic but cute 1930’s dress from it. I know I could make it into a skirt, but making/finding tops to coordinate with it would be a bit tricky, though a cute yellow top would work well, I think. Even so, as silly as it would be, I’m in love with the idea of making this into a dress.

Hmmm…what do you think?

After we went to Walmart to stock up on some embroidery thread that my sister needed (*cough* for almost half the price that Fabricland charges for the exact same brand *cough*) and I found the elastic I had forgotten to buy at Fabricland, which I needed for my husband’s shorts (among other things, it’s always good to have elastic on hand!) as well as some very light pink satin that I thought could be nice for testing a pattern I’m going to be making. There wasn’t a lot of the satin (the packaged claimed it was a metre, but I’m not so sure about that!), and it frays like you wouldn’t believe, which I didn’t realize until I opened it, but that’s why it will be for testing the pattern and not the finished garment – it’s kind of a hot mess, but I love the colour.


Ugh, that fraying though! The fraying fluffy bits got everywhere in my bag.

I hated saying goodbye to my sister at the end of the day, that’s always the worst part about seeing any of my sisters. The five of us were homeschooled and so spent years not only as sisters, but classmates, playmates, and best friends, too. Spending time with them is one of my favourite things to do and I always feel the most whole and complete when I am with them. Hopefully I’ll see her again soon – I owe her another sewing lesson! – and the rest of my sisters, too! ❤


8 thoughts on “Second Hand Books and Fabric Store Finds!

  1. It sounded like you had a very nice day with your sister! Wish I did have a sister that likes sewing and crafting, but my sister really REALLY don’t like it 😛 But she does ask me to join her to shopping so she can get some fashion advice from me!

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    • Aww, I’m glad your sister turns to you for fashion advice at least and you two go shopping together! It’s really too bad she doesn’t like sewing and crafting though – maybe she just hasn’t found the craft that is right for her yet. 😉

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  2. I always lose track of time in fabric stores. On Monday we spend a few hours wandering about Designer Fabrics on Queen. Buying my favourite material before it closes down. 😦

    I look forward to seeing your creations.

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