Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fabric-a-brac - May 2012

Yesterday I headed out to Newtown to go to fabric-a-brac, which is a second hand market that we have a couple of times a year in Wellington. It's basically a market that sells all things sewing related - fabric, buttons, craft books, notions and everything in between.

It's the sort of place where someone like me could most likely spend a weeks wages if I lost control! But I was pretty "good" with my spending and did manage to pick up some lovely things.

I bought this fabric with horses on if - 3 metres for $15, which I thought was a good deal. I'm sure I'll whip this one up into a frock pretty quickly.

Next up is 3 metres of this fabric - I'm not expert on decades but it looks kind of 1970's to me. I wasn't quite sure how to describe the print as to me it doesn't really seem "tribal". When I bought it home Rich said it reminded him of the Aztecs - so I'll go with that - it's an Aztec print.
I also got a present for Rich at fabric-a-brac - some ladies were selling off a huge amount of old craft books. I actually didn't find any that interested me, but I thought Rich would like this "Prismatic Design Colouring Book".

How cool are these designs? They make me want to reach for my felt tip pens - or perhaps I could embrioder one or two of the designs?

I also got a couple of plastic display embriodery hoops - nothing too exciting, but at $1 it was hard to say no.

Finally, my favourite thing - a big old jar of vintage buttons! There was a time, not so long ago that you could pick up loads of old buttons for next to nothing at op shops, but how times have changed. It seems that before where you could buy a whole bag of buttons for a couple of dollars now you only get a couple of buttons for a couple of dollars! This jar cost me $10 but it's totally worth it!

The top of the jar even includes a pin-cushion! How much cutier can you get than that?
Finally a shot of my "button soup" - there's all kinds of buttons in the jar, its going to be a good thing to have on hand for craft projects.

Although its still officially "autumn" here, its feeling a lot like winter! It's been getting a lot colder, especially in the evenings.

So seen as today was a clear but crisp winters day, it was the perfect chance for a walk along the waterfront to take in some sunshine - before the really cold, wet weather sets in!

10 comments: said...

What fabulous finds! That horse print fabric is just too superb.

Camelia Crinoline said...

That market sounds amazing. I love the horse fabric. Can't wait to see what you make with it. Buttons have got really expensive at the op shops so that jar is a great find.

two squirrels said...

Oh I just love love a jar of buttons to sort out. What fun!!!!
The market must have been amazing, great finds.
Love v

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Great finds for a wonderful sower like yourself. Looking forward to seeing many more creations. Xx

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the horse fabric! xx

Vix said...

Wow! The fabric is stunning, I love both of them. The design book is fabulously 1970s, too. What a score.
Your scenery and blue skies look incredible & your latest trip looks amazing, I'm so jealous. x

alicia said...

one of my first jobs was in a bizarre costume shop. it was a thousand degrees in there and smelled really bad. one day i just sat at a table sorting buttons for hours wishing for death. ah memories...


Helga said...

OHHHHHHHH!!! Fabulous horsey print!! I reckon that 2nd piece is 80's! Nice haul all up!
I actually prefer the beach in Winter!!! XXXXXXXXXXX

one denim bird said...

Great finds. That market sounds like my kinda hang out! Love the photos of Wellie waterfront too - ahh brings back memories x

What Sadie Did said...

Ahh you were in my 'hood! It was lovely there yesterday wasn't it? We walked to the City Gallery. Very nice.

I'm gutted i didn't go to Fabricabrac!! Looks like you scored some bargains. I thought about it but then thought I remembered people saying that you had to get there super early as it's always rammed, so I didnt go. Boo. LOVE your horse material.

Sadie xx