Vintage Treasures!

First, some back story:  So, I get a call today from a friend at work.  There’s this place not far away that used to be an Auction House back in the day.  It’s been closed for many years.  Well, word is, the Old Lady passed away!  EVERYTHING for sale.  (I have never seen anything quite like it.)  The ‘auction’ buildings were full of all kinds of stuff from dishes and kitchen ware and furniture, to antique stadium seating. And everything in between!  Most, just crammed in anywhere and everywhere.  Who knows what kind of buried treasure is hidden in there!    Then, the house.  No, houses.  Two.  I know it’s not nice to speak ill of the dead, but…this is just the cold hard truth…this woman was a Hoarder.  In the true sense of the word.  I got a peek into the main house.  Truly scary.  It amazes me how a person can get to ‘that place’.  I felt really bad for her.  I did actually take a couple of pictures of the inside of the house.  But, I would just not feel right posting them.  Just use your imagination.

I have to admit, I shop at the local ‘junk stores’.  And I have been known to rummage through a few yard sales.  But that is about as adventurous as I get.  I was totally unprepared for this.  I tried phone-a-friend three or four times to see if anyone would come help me, but came up empty!  I am recruiting friends to go back with me next weekend.  Anyway, people were showing up ready to really ‘dig in’.  Literally.  One lady I walked by said, someone told her ‘not to shower, wear work clothes, and bring gloves’.

So . . . on to my tiny little treasure find.  In a box, not buried I might add, were a bunch of spools of thread! \o/  I picked through them and found these lovelies.  Now, I am thinking I should have taken the whole box.

Lovely spools of vintage thread.

Isn’t this something! I have never seen anything like it. It is a plant based fiber, I’m pretty sure.  Maybe cotton.


I was sure to grab the spools that were still carefully wrapped in the original tissue. What a find!

Does anyone have any knowledge of these thread spools?  I would be eager to hear about them.  Or, any ideas what to do with them for that matter!

Just as I was about to leave, this caught my eye.  I  love these old tapestries!  They remind me of something.  I just can’t put my finger on it.  Somewhere in my childhood.

From the little bit of  research I have done, this piece could be from the early 1900’s.

Anyone have any reliable info on this subject?  I would certainly be interested to have some background.

Vintage tapestry

Made in Italy! circa . . . ???

Well.  That was my little ‘impromptu’ adventure of the day.  Of the month, or year, more likely.

Any thoughts???



About gmaellenscraftycorner

I am a recently widowed, mother of three wonderful, grown children, G-Ma (Grandma) to seven beautiful grandchildren. I work full time at a nearby grocer as the Pricing Coordinator. In my spare time, I craft and blog. Crochet is my obsession, my compulsion. My best friend, my therapist. I also have learned I love to knit! Who knew??? I may never be a master knitter, but I am a happy knitter. :D Work, family, Women's Pool League, crafting and blogging. Pretty much takes up every waking minute of every day, but besides that I love movies and music (which I can enjoy while I am crafting!). And here I thought I didn't have a life! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. I appreciate every click. :D My Etsy
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9 Responses to Vintage Treasures!

  1. agujasblog says:

    I love the soft colors and textures of those spools of thread.

    • Interesting you should say that. They might look soft, but the spool in the second photo is more of a ‘twine-ish’ texture. Now that I say that, it gives me an idea! It might make some cute little baskets. Truth be told, that one is hard to work with, given all the texture. I haven’t tried to work with the others yet. I will NOT give up. Or . . . maybe I’ll sell it on Etsy . . . I don’t know what else I could do with it besides crochet.

  2. onerustynail says:

    Hi there! I found your blog through the WordPress Blog Team on Etsy, and took a peek around. I’m a vintage Etsy seller, so of course this topic piqued my interest! 🙂

    I’m not one for sewing crafts or thread work myself – I just don’t have the patience, darn it! But I do love a good vintage tapestry! I hope you don’t mind, I took a quick peek around the internet regarding your lovely R.T. Company bear piece. I think you may be right on the age of it; the Ramallah Trading Company was established in 1916. Seems their tapestry styles are all made quite similarly – very intricate and detail-oriented. Gorgeous stuff, really!

    I happened to find (what I think is) your same tapestry for sale on eBay right now. This seller says his has been in the family since the 1960’s.

    In any case, keep up the beautiful work! I’m following. 🙂


    • Hello Maranda!

      I am so glad you found me! Thank you for your interest. I did do a little research on the tapestry as well. It seems the going price for these lovelies is only in the $20.00 – $40.00 range. I have another packed away (somewhere) with a leopard. Beautiful. And, yes his appears to be the same tapestry! So thank you so much for your input. I had not learned the name of the company yet. Ramallah Trading Company. I will have to try to remember that. So, I’m betting this guys family bought theirs brand new. That’s pretty cool.

      Oh! Thank you for the follow, by the way. I do appreciate it. Feel free to share! 😀


      P.S. I plan on going back to check out the estate sale again next weekend. Cross your fingers. Hopefully I will find some good treasure!

      • onerustynail says:

        It was my pleasure – I actually love the online researching part… the thrill of the hunt or something, haha!

        Good luck at your return visit! Sounds like there’s many more treasures waiting to be found!

      • You can be sure I will post any good treasures I find. I hope I can get a few friends to tag along. I am just not adventurous enough to go it alone. :/

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