There was recent discussion on Ravelry about charity shops not having knitting needles on display as the health & safety folk reckon that knitting needles constitute dangerous weapons (seriously, the elbows of pensioners rummaging through the stalls at a jumble sale could constitute dangerous weapons - what on earth are they putting in Wiltshire Farm Foods these days?) The discussion then turned to charity shops not stocking knitting patterns anymore because they're not 'revenue earners'; so I chipped in agreeing that only a couple of chazza shops that I go to actually sell patterns and that you rarely see the old stuff these days, only patterns for 80s mohair jumpers and kids' funky fur cardies. I could almost imagine other Ravellers nodding their heads sagely, reminiscing about the days when charity shops used to have folder upon folder of knitting patterns spanning the decades - even the 30s and 40s if you were lucky!
Later that day on the way to visit the parents, I stopped off at a town to buy some groceries and saw a charity shop that I hardly ever visited. I had a quick 'Shall I/Shan't I?' moment as I was in a hurry and finally decided to nip in for a quickie. The shop had a craft section with lots of stuff piled up haphazardly, which I rummaged through and found a taped up plastic bag containing some sort of flowery material which was folded up with the pattern on the inside. As it was priced at £2.60 I thought it was worth a punt and crikey, I had my money's worth and more. When I got to the parents and opened it out, I found five long lengths of this gorgeous large 50s/60s poppy print...what more could a girl ask for!
After I had found the material, I noticed that the charity shop had a tray full of knitting patterns. I sorted through the dross and came across not only two Vogue Knitting magazines for the 50s, but also some great patterns! How odd considering that only a few hours earlier I was whinging on Ravelry about not finding such patterns!
And to top it off, at the very bottom of the pile I found the sewing patterns - mostly 80s stuff, but also these lovely sewing gems. I love the 70s tops, they look great although I would seriously have to take up some intensive Olympic-style working out to be able to wear one of these! (Abs? What are those?)
So, it just goes to show that great things turn up when and where you least expect them. And the lesson of the day? Don't walk by those chazza shops that:
Aren't on your usual bargain hunting territory;
You think won't have anything good in them:
You don't have time to look into;
Looks dirty and tatty (these are the best ones - believe me!!);
Else you might miss out on a super find!
Over and out.