I finally got out to the Alameda Flea Market over the weekend. I hadn't been out there in months. Nothing like good company, kitschy finds, and kettle corn by the bay! Besides, this blog has been seriously lacking in kitsch lately, and it's high time I did something about that.
THIS was the find of the day- the Official Cheetah Velour Ice Bucket! I'd been resisting buying an ice bucket forever. Sure, you can find one in any thrift store but I was looking for just the right one. This is it! Now every drink will taste just like being in the Jungle Room at Graceland.
Here are a few pictures from my favorite rummage sale- the annual WHITE ELEPHANT SALE in Oakland, CA. The parking situation is terrible, but the sale is worth it. "ACRES OF BARGAINS FOR PEANUTS", PEOPLE!
I actually really liked this next one but I didn't buy it.
What's up with all the owls?
I was tempted by this next item, but I wound up leaving it and buying a Pendleton shirt/jacket instead. You can see a little bit of it peeking out from behind the jeans jacket. Mostly I felt sorry for the Huey Lewis jacket- like if I didn't buy it nobody would.
After a big rummage sale, nothing hits the spot like a refreshing Mai Tai. Fortunately Tiki Tom's is just a couple of blocks over. It was Happy Hour, too. A four dollar Mai Tai- you can't beat that with a stick!
PS- The other really great thing about the WES is that every year the Girl Scouts are out there selling their cookies. I gotta have my Thin Mints.
It was 50% off all clothing day at Thrift Town, and wouldn't you know it, there was hardly anything there I wanted. TONS of Cosby sweaters, so if you need any discount Cosby sweaters then get on down there by tonight. I did find a nice solid black wool sweater that somebody shrunk down just enough, so there may be an embellishing project in the future.
Speaking of sweater embellishing, THIS ROCKS MY SOCKS.
So back to Thrift Town- not clothing, but I did find this cute pair of paint-by-number paintings. I haven't decided if I'm even going to frame them or not. Here in earthquake country it's unwise to have anything heavy (or glass) hanging over your headboard when you sleep, so maybe I just won't frame them and hang them up anyway.
Not to be discouraged by the lack of clothing options at Thrift Town, I went straight across the street to Goodwill. I'm glad I did! This fabulous sweater is JUST MY SIZE and $4. It has a zipper up one of the shoulders. I love that.
I've been so patient waiting for Spring, and now that it's here I go and buy sweaters and pictures of snowy mountains. Whatever.
Totally unrelated bonus deer picture, also from today.
I started with some jeans I'd been hanging onto that will never fit me again. You know the ones. Maybe you even have some hiding in the back of your own closet! ;)
Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how it came together. I loosely followed the directions in the book, but did a lot of improvising. The directions didn't have any pictures, so that's just me being impatient and wanting to figure it out myself. ;) I started by cutting off my jeans right below the back pockets.
Don't toss those pant legs! I wanted a deeper bag, so I cut a leg to the size I wanted and added it to the bottom. Here's a before picture:
I used the bottom half of the leg and trimmed it down to size, leaving the seam intact along the bottom edge. That seam became the bottom seam of the bag. I left a little seam allowance on the sides. Also VERY IMPORTANT- use a jeans needle and jeans thread. That way you won't cry.
I turned that little section right sides together and stitched up the sides, leaving the top part open of course. I didn't like the square corners, so I rounded them off (see, there I go improvising again). Right sides together, I pinned this bottom part of the bag to the top part of the bag, lining up those uneven edges.
Turn that bag right side out and ta da! The book says to use an old canvas belt for a strap, but I decided to make a wide tube using the other jeans leg. I stitched it up one side, turned the tube right side out, and attatched it to the bag at the sides. That's quite a few layers to sew through but the right needle and thread makes it pretty easy. It's also ok to turn the wheel by hand to get over those thick parts.
I used another section of jeans leg to make a flap. I wanted a flap almost the size of the bag. There I go improvising and not following directions again.
I also cut up a thrifted 80's t-shirt, using the denim flap as a template.
Stitched those two right sides together (leaving the top open), turned it right side out, pressed the whole thing down, and did a little topstich around the edges. Pinned the flap to the outside of the back waistband of the bag (making sure the side I wanted was going to face out) and sewed that right together.
That's all. Pretty darned easy.
My favorite thing is that it has all those jeans pockets. Ok, my other favorite thing is that it's huge! Which is pretty sad for me to admit since I basically outgrew the jeans. My new bag will comfort me in my denial, I'm sure. ;)