- a little manual typewriter in a little leather case. I really wanted this so I asked the seller the price and he said $45 - $50; I said $20. He wasn't even willing to budge. I walked away.
- another globe. This one was on a stand, not a great big stand but it still would have been too large for the space I have on top of the bookshelf.
- an antique sewing maching. In working order! With all the parts! But the asking price was $290 and that was just a weeeee bit too much. Plus, where would I put it in my little house? (You know that question came from Mr. P.)
- countless bags and jars of BUTTONS! I know - I can't believe it myself. The first thing I said to Mr. P when we arrived at the sale was, "Don't even let me look at any more buttons!" And then I regretted it because I so wanted some buttons. And there were lots! And to his credit, Mr. P didn't say a word when I stopped to caress yet another jar of buttons.
Not that much, actually. I bought the antique spool below - I should have taken a couple of pictures before I wrapped it in all that giant ric-rac, but my camera batteries needed charging at the time.
I also bought the cute little stacking snowmen (oh so much cheaper than the stacking Santas I bought my mum in Paris last summer). There was also a set of little Easter bunnies and I can't believe I passed it up. I was trying not to be too greedy.
But aren't the snowmen so cute?
And I bought some vintage postcards (dating from 1904-1912) with messages written in the most wonderful script on the backs of them. And I bought some more antique milk bottles - a steal of a deal at $2 for eight of them! I hadn't been looking for more, but I'm sure I can find something to fill them (more buttons?) and my friend Kim will take a couple for her own growing button collection.
Speaking of buttons... I started a new project this weekend. I need something to do while quilting designs for O'Cherries percolate in my brain, so I began a mini quilt for Easter.
This kit was a Christmas gift from the aforementioned friend Kim. It took no time at all to get the top put together and appliqued, but sewing on all those buttons is a bit time-consuming. Totally worth it, in my opinion. I think it's adorable!
I knew I'd find a purpose for all those buttons!
But I still can't believe I passed up the chance to buy more...
p.s. This post was linked to Fabric Tuesday on Quilt Story!