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121  Texas / Texas: North Central / Re: Dallas Thrift Stores on: June 27, 2007 02:59:56 PM
I actually am planning to post up my thrifting map and reviews but let me see what I can share some now.

I'm in Garland so the beginning of my treasure hunt always starts there.

The New Beginnings Thrift store
. Its in the shopping center at Buckingham and Garland Road (southwest corner). note that it won't say new beginnings, i think it just says resale shop or something.

I just recently went to this thrif store and its on my permanent outing list.  Its a small store, half of it is packed with clothing, some furniture, my favorite part is a small room with lots of random househould items, dishes, etc.  You can usually find a good mix of vintage stuff in there.  As with most stores you don't always find something everytime but sometimes you get really lucky!  I've found the prices very reasonable here for the most part also. There is usually some bins up front where everything is 25cents and it includes a wide variety of random items.  (including frames)

personal finds: I got a brand new generations create a bag thing there for 5 dollars and it had tons of extra inserts in it.

I recommend this one if its not too far a drive Smiley it supports women and children escaping abusive relationships.

Texas thrift store1406 W Walnut St, Garland, TX at the corner of walnut and garland rd

One of my favorite stores, its rather large.  Lots of clothing, a literal mountain of stuffed animals.  I go to this one though for their furniture, craft supplies, and other random household finds.  For furniture they will usually be a little on the high end side at first, if it doesn't sell they quickly start slashing the prices.  They usually have a half price sale on something be it orange tag clothes or furniture.  I've found lots of great furniture here, some needed refinishing, some didn't.  Its hit or miss though, they will have droughts then all of a sudden have a huge delivery. 

Also they have lots of glassware and have found some cute items.  Everyonce in a while I've seen some pirex etc.  Lots of frames.

I love this store, the prices are usually very reasonable.  The service is off and on, but I haven't been treated badly yet.


I've scored the most from this store maybe I'll just link to a couple pictures:
 Wooden chest for art. This is amazing and I did pay more than I normally do but I didn't want to wait for the price to go down and have it sold  to someone else! (50 dollars)

Neat decorative bowls under a buck.

knitting needles and box for about 4 dollars... this find made me squeel with delight.

Ok There are a lot more on my list and one especially that I'd like to share (and a couple I would like to warn about!) but I don't want to post too much right now.

If you want me to post the others let me know Smiley otherwise I'll post a link to the reviews when I get them up.  Better organized and more informational reviews I hope. (with maps!)

Sorry this was so long  Tongue I hope its ok to share.  And thanks for the  information on other stores, I'm definitely going to be checking them out thrifting is so much fun! (an obsession maybe)


*edit* these two are in Garland, the rest I believe that I have to talk about are in dallas Smiley I tend to consider surrounding cities dallas also since we all blend together.
122  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Find me something corkin'! on: June 27, 2007 12:45:50 PM
I really like the idea of making the synthetic wine corks into the base for mushroom pincushions! Its sounds fun Smiley

I have a lot of corks from a winery also and of course there are the synthetic ones mixed in.  I had the same problem as you did in realizing they were too hard to use in a cork board.

Have you tried drilling holes into them yet? One kind seems like it would make a very good floor mat if you had enough.  Its got a good rubbery feel to it and would be great for that.
I worry though about drilling through them.

I'm guessing the heat might melt the substance its made of when drilling and cause problems.  I'll report back once I've tried it!

I'm glad you brought this up as I'm still not sure what to do with them either.

123  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tubes for rolling fabric (storage)? on: June 25, 2007 05:59:17 AM
I'm not exactly sure what they are called either, but you might try calling your local fabric stores and asking if they get rid of their empty fabric bolts? or the inserts, still not sure what they are called either Smiley

Good luck!
124  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / scrub pocket? on: June 24, 2007 04:18:37 PM
Hi there, I need some help and was hoping someone here in the craft ster dimension could lend me a little of their knowledge.

A friend has asked me if I could make them a "scrub pocket" described as:

"It's a little square bag that has a string attached, sort of like a purse, hangs just below the waist. the bag has loops to hold random stuff like pens, scissors, thermometers and other doctorly stuff."
I haven't been able to find any examples, though it sounds easy enough, I was trying to get a little more of a picture of what he needs.  Don't mind designing it from scratch but curious about whats out there already.

(i've googled and tried flickr and search here for scrub pocket, so i'm guessing it has another name maybe)

I'm waiting for him to answer me in email with more description of his actual needs, but was wondering in the meantime if anyone was aware of these or knew if they were called something else Smiley

meanwhile I'll be drawing up some designs for him!

Any help would be appreciated on another name for this or pointing me to some examples! thanks so much Smiley

125  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Earphone built-in neckstrap on: April 11, 2007 09:11:42 AM
Oh this is so great to see!! You did an awesome job!

I'd been lamenting the loss of my ipods headphones due to feline naughtyness.  This would really help to delay their teeth and give me time to realize whats happening before I lose another set!

Great job! Smiley

I'm in the middle of moving my craft area, but when its back in place and all set up, this is first on the list!!

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