I went estate sale shopping yesterday. I was late getting started and didn't get to the sale until after noon. The house was full of "stuff". I don't know what else to call it but stuff. It was packed. Apparently the house had been empty for two years. Everything was covered with dust. There were treasures to be found though. I love the vintage swan I found. She is painted with the sweetest roses. I also found this cigarette box and some more vintage cans. The can with the mother and children is a Watkin's can. It isn't vintage but I love the graphic. I bought this piece of fabric also. The fabric is pretty. I just don't know what color to call it. If I made a bag out of it and had to describe it, I'm not sure what I would say. Tanny purple, taupe? Help me. What color would you call this fabric?
I spent some time reading my favorite magazine last night. Romantic Homes. There was a beautiful article about Cabbage & Roses. She sells fabric, clothing and home accessories. Her fabric was inspired by vintage curtains. Apparently, when we are out thrifting and hunting through estate sales, what we should be looking for is vintage textiles and paper. Read Mrs. Kwitty's comments on my post below. She mentioned that the fabric on my red purse was inspired by vintage wrapping paper. I was reading a few other blogs and they were talking about Cath Kidston's fabric looking almost identical to antique textiles.
I'm going to be looking closer at fabrics and old curtains now. Not to mention, I will be taking more than a glance at old wrapping paper and wallpaper. Last year I toured an old mansion near here. The home was beautiful but a bit run down. To this day, I am wishing I had my camera with me. There was a telephone closet. Really, a closet for the telephone. It was covered in the most beautiful pink rose wallpaper. The house was sold to a private owner and I guess I will never know if they saved that wallpaper. If only I had taken a picture. You might have been buying my line of pink rose fabric and accessories by now.