This Week’s Vintage Finds


Well, actually, last weekend’s finds. My friend and I headed to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, “an ecological treasure trove of art & craft materials, educational supplies, vintage furniture, home décor, paper goods, fabric, and much more.” We got there about five minutes before they opened and there were already people gathering outside in line! It’s fair to say that the best fabric got grabbed up in the first five minutes. The fabric pieces above are my finds. I paid about $75 for about 30-35 yards of fabric. If all goes well, I should be able to get at least 10 garments from these pieces. I bought a few other fabrics but these were boring old solids I’ll be using for lining and other unglamorous usage.

I also picked up a good amount of buttons and belt buckles, including some made from bakelite. Those all weren’t awesome bargains but were definite finds.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Wow, great finds! Looks like the Depot has spiffed up quite a bit since last time I was there several years ago, when it was nothing but crumbling cardboard boxes of broken crayons and tattered back issues of Consumer Reports.
    Love the new project, which looks like it’s bringing you to the East Bay quite a bit. Next time you’re in this neck of the woods, let’s have lunch!

  2. Glad to have found your blog! My daughter, Scoutie Girl, sent me the link. Ideal with all the new collections coming out but like to also talk vintage now and again. It will be nice to be able to refer my readers to one with more knowledge on this subject.
    rosie/the fabric shopper