I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Monday, June 17, 2013

In Search of a Starlet

Hey Blog Buddies,

This past weekend was the annual More on 34 garage sale.  Many towns along Route 34 participate--from Aurora to Galesburg.  There is an Internet web site listing participating towns, with addresses of vendors and lists of what you can find.  I became quite interested when I saw that a vendor in Somonauk had several Schwinn ladies' bicycles from the 1960's.  I currently have a 3-speed bike with hand brakes, but would really like to get a one-speed with coaster brakes, something like the one below.

The Starlet wasn't the most high-end bike that Schwinn made,
but this particular model
was pimped out (can I say that??!!!) with
headlight, tank, carrier and whitewall tires.
It was a beautiful dusty rose and white--truly a great bike.
Is there a bike that has a special place in your heart?
So we left the house at the crack of dawn (8:10 a.m.)
and headed toward Route 34.
It was even a little too early for Molly,
seen here trying to catch a nap in the back seat of the car.
We had gorgeous weather, and no traffic gridlock
(once we left the Chicago metro area).
Alas, the address in Somonauk did not exist,
and the few bikes I did see were not suitable.
But this didn't put a damper on our spirits.
After all, you never know what you'll find at a garage sale.
The towns along  Route 34 were filled with friendly people,
and some real bargains.
Here are my garage sale finds:
3 books...
...and the cutest little sewing box that
I hadn't known that I needed until I saw it.
It came with all these threads and notions.
I thought $4 was a great price!
And after all this excitement,
I even managed a stitching finish this weekend.
Little House Needleworks' Home of a Needleworker (too!)
stitched on 32-count cream linen
with the called-for Crescent Colors threads.
Well, that's it from here.
Hope you had a marvelous weekend.
And thanks for visiting!


Giovanna said...

Congrats on the nice finish!

cucki said...

super sweet finish x

Melissa said...

What great finds - I especially love the Sewing box, a steal!

Lovely stitching!

Linda said...

Congrats on the finish and what a great sewing box.


Minnie said...

That sewing box is a jewel of a find and your finish is beautiful. How will you finish it off, framing or a pillow?

Julie said...

Darling sewing box, a great find.

Mouse said...

awww shame about the bike mine years ago was purple very similar to that one .... cute sewing box too and yeahhhhhh on the finish :) love mouse xxxxxx

Anne said...

Sounds like a great trip! Sorry you didn't find the bike you wanted, but the sewing box is a treasure. As is your newly finished piece!

Chris said...

That pic of Molly cracks me up! She really needed more sleep.
Looks like you had a fun day out and found some things.
Lovely finish too.

Carol said...

Oh, what great finds--that sewing box with all those threads was an amazing purchase!! Lucky you :)

Your finish is so pretty--I have this one, too, and why I haven't stitched it yet is beyond me! I love that blue house so much!! Beautiful work :)

Terri said...

Love your finish! And that sewing box was an EXCELLENT deal! I have a couple similar to yours and love them!!

I feel the garage sale urge hitting me yet again..........

Melody said...

Good finds! Alas, I had to work and no Yard Sale shopping on 34 was accomplished. We had a lot of traffic in our small town from the hoardes of shoppers.

Karen said...

Love your sewing box! What a great deal that was. Lovely finish too!

Deb said...

Amazing sewing box! Always wanted to participate in one of the road trip yard sales. Love your work and finishes.