I love vintage sewing stuff, so when I see an old sewing basket, I tend to grab it. Last weekend I purchased one along with a bunch of other stuff. My two bags full of treasure cost $10, so I can't say exactly how much the sewing box was, but it was cheap. It was tied up in a plastic Target bag, so I couldn't even see what was inside. I just figured it was worth the 50 cents or so.
What fun when I got home and finally was able to sort through my booty! Aside from the many wooden spools of thread, vintage needle packets, great buttons and sewing scissors, I found other treasures:
- An old Sominex bottle filled with pins. Complete with label. It's currently listed on eBay. Will let you know what happens.
- An old Peruvian coin and a penny from the 30s.
- A pocketknife.
- Mending wool.
- An old Adolph's meat tenderizer bottle filled with hat pins.
A lot of history in one sewing box. Because some of the stuff was labeled from the 50s, I could get a sense of how old most of the items were. And I learned a great lesson--people tend to stash little things in their sewing box (just like the junk drawer), so you never know what you'll find inside!