Snoopenda, yes, the Mustard Seed is right off the Bethesda metro stop. Once you exit the station (through the elevator, not escalator), you turn right, walk a block, and the store is on your left. They have a really awesome selection of second hand clothing and shoes, and it's super cheap, like $6 or $7 for a really cute top. They have men's clothes, too, though not nearly as much as the women's selection of course. They also have a rack or two of vintage stuff--mostly old housedresses and bright summer dresses. Last but not least they have local designers jewelry and newer clothing (which can be pricey, but very cute, too).
And if you're looking to sell back some clothes, be warned. They only take clothes in exceptional condition. One tiny hole, stain, or fade and they'll throw it back at you. Also, since the clothes are so cheap, you get no more than $5 per item you sell (at most, in my experience). But overall, the place is great and you can do some serious shopping for only $50.
And my ultimate recommendation would be the Georgia Ave Thrift Store on....Georgia Ave, about 2 or 3 miles north of Columbia Heights. I forget which bus goes there, but it will drop you off right in front of the place. HUGE selection of clothing, books, homes stuff, etc. Also, they sell bundles of scrap fabric for $1 or $2 a pop. It's heaven for crafters!
Ohmygosh, I can't believe I did the ribcage upside down!! I think I finished at 3am the night before send out, and even my boyfriend, who gave me the "ok" on everything didn't notice! Sorry about that, Teaparty!!
Glad you liked it though; I had a blast doing my first swap!
This is so amazing!! Who ever thought of a kitty litter box being so awesome? I've found a few of those same TV models on Craigslist for free, and wanted them so badly, but didn't want them to just sit and suck up space. You are so creative!
Finally got my pictures up after 2 days trying to upload them!
Teaparty spoiled me. Here's a picture of the everything:
I told Teaparty that I love vintage nurses, so she made me an awesome decoupaged purse. This is a shot of the back, although I couldn't get a good picture without a glare (it's so shiny!) And definitely my favorite item:
This is a really cute card she drew for me. I might just frame it!
Check out this adorable embroidered mini pillow. My kitten loves it, so I'm trying to keep it up high and away from his claws...
Last but not least, a very impressive hand drawn skeleton magnet (you can't see his legs here; I wanted to get as much detail as possible). But there are 7 pieces so that I can pose him however I want.
This was my first swap and now I'm officially hooked. Thanks for spoiling me, Teaparty!
I live in DC and am also looking for some craft partners. Sewista suggested a sewing group--is anybody else up for that? Either way, it would be cool to meet some other crafty girls. Maybe meet up at Crafty Bastards in September?
I live in DC and I've been trying to find a sewing group myself! I found one awhile ago on Meetup.com, but I think that one diminished. (Plus, it seemed to be pregnant women or stay at home moms who would meet during the day)... let's both check around and see if we can find one. I'd be into it!!
Gorgeous bag, yay-it*s_tanya! I have a question for you: did you double or triple up the outside fabric? I ask because I've also found some beautiful sheets that I'd like to use to make purses/bags, but I'm always afraid the fabric will be too thin and will rip easily. Although, I guess the inside fabric is the only one that really needs to be thick?
I've only made one purse so far, and it was from scrap fabric which happened to be really thick...