Friday, February 25, 2011

Auction night

My local guild, Illini Country Stitchers, holds an annual auction as a fund raiser for our program committee.  One of our wonderful members turns her home into a sorting factory for fabrics, kits, quilts, books, patterns, and notions for the six weeks prior to the auction.  Guild members are encouraged to go through their stash, and pull out those things that they are no longer using and donate.  Books and notions are set up for sale at 50cents each.  There is also a silent auction set up for quilt kits, and larger items.  The fabric is set up in cardboard box lots.  We had 77 lots.  I would say on average, a box went for 7 or 8 dollars.  A few went for less, and lots went for $10 or more!
Yes, I went with my determination steeled.  I was NOT going to buy anything.

As you can see from the picture on the left, I could just not help myself!  I got all these lovely things for $26!

I got this cute little thread stand for 50 cents!  I think it will be just the ticket for holding threads for embroidery projects.  The thread on the stand I got for 10 cents each!

I got this Ami Simms book for 50 cents.  It was published in 1990.  It has got to be a classic!

This is the reason for the purchase of two lots of fabrics.  I couldn't resist the Curious George prints.  One is a panel for a fabric book.  And look at those bananas!

There were lots of Christmas prints and other juvenile prints in my boxes.  Some will be great for I Spy quilts and other patterns for Project Linus.  There were some good sized pieces of several intact yards that will be great for backs.  And check out the blueprint fabric!  I don't know what I could do with that, but it certainly is fun!


  1. I love the fabric with the house plans on it. that is way cool. Looks like you had fun adding to your inventory. That is what I'm going to say from now on..."I'm just adding to my inventory." lol

  2. Fabulous haul Maggie! I like the look of the red fabric. And the cream fabric. And the blue fabric too!!

  3. What a great way to add to your stash without breaking the budget!!! My favorite fabrics are the monkey fabrics. You really scored!

  4. Quite the load of goodies Maggie....Love bargains myself...don't we all? The blueprint fabric is fascinating....can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

  5. Great purchases, Maggie. And the money goes toward programs. Bravo. Carolyn in Kerrville, TX

  6. Maggie, you got a lot of fun stuff! I was just thinking yesterday that I need to get rid of some perfectly good stuff that someone else could use. I was thinking our guild needs to do something like this. A great fundraiser!