Hot! This Weekend’s Vintage Finds: 2/8/2010

Once a month — the first Sunday of the month to be precise — is the much-anticipated pilgrimage to the Alameda Antiques & Collectibles Fair. My friend Krissy and I were especially anticipating it since we have both ramped up our vintage sewing since the last time she was able to go. We arrived at 7:30, and, unlike all our other trips, were far less methodical — zigging and zagging through rows in no particular order. I’m not sure if that was the reason we both scored so many finds, but it was quite a vintage bonanza!

The biggest scores came from the booth that we now lovingly refer to as “The Scarf Table!” Its name suits it well — it was consisted of, among other things, two large tables filled with scarfs and types of linens. Everything at this booth was $1. Silk scarves, vintage slips, fabric, vintage nylons in boxes, linen napkins, aprons. You get the idea. EVERYTHING WAS A DOLLAR!

In all, I purchased 34 items from the scarf table booth. Here are a few of my $1 favorite finds.

These scarves:

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I’m big into scarves nowadays since I’m regularly setting my hair before bedtime. And, an even bigger scarf development,  I finally had the guts to wear a head scarf ala Rosie outside my home. So these were a great score. I bought a couple more but my daughter stashed them away somewhere before I took the picture. Each were $1 a piece.

About 3 yards of this vintage cotton fabric that I’m planning to use for this glorious 1960 bathing suit pattern that I’ve had in my stash long before I thought I could ever make a bathing suit. All three yards for $1!!

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Four slips, also $1 a piece, these two being the most interesting. Two out of four still had their original price tags on them! And yes, they need a pressing.

This cute little purse for — you guessed it — $1! It can use a bit of a cleaning and some leather polish. image from

I bought this other purse for $1, but not at the same booth. I absolutely love it now, though I was a bit “meh” at first. The gold chain threw me off. It’s so tiny and cute. I’ve had to wrestle it away from my two-year old daughter.

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And now for the non-$1 item — deals nonetheless.


From the same seller, I was able to get these three pieces of fabric (each about 3 1/3 yards a piece) all for $25. That’s $2.50 a yard! They’re all cotton and sort of like feedsacks on yardage steroids

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This gorgeous linen was $8 for five yards!

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This fabric — I believe it is from an actual feedsack based on its feedsack dimensions — for $6.

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I’m going to use it to recover this purse I found for $10.

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These darling German glass buttons were 5 for $1 but the vendor let me take 8 for the same price.

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And finally, my absolute favorite find of the day, these vintage Rockports, I bought for $10. I’m so deliriously in love with these shoes (even though they need a bit of TLC) because, as a mom, I need comfortable shoes that I can actually wear on an everyday basis. Even though, as Rockports, they’re not actually authentic to the era, they’re pretty close to a lot of the shoes I’ve been researching for casual wear.

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Oh my goodness, I love Alameda Antiquing!


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. great finds! i love the scarves and those slips!

  2. You’re so lucky you live in an area with great places to find vintage fabric. I am jealous!

  3. I am green with envy! haha! Wow–you really scored some AMAZING finds! I can’t wait to see what you do with all that fabric (those cotton prints are so sweet…). ;)
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  4. Your photos are so nice! I love The Scarf Table.

  5. Wow. I am totally amazed. This stash alone is almost worth the trip (from Rocky Mountain Land). Love the shoes. :o)