Where to find Vintage Linen and What to Do with It

Vintage Linens can be found at garage and estate sales

A few years ago, I spent a delightful afternoon garage saleing with a friend in the states.  One of the stops was an entire house.  Each room’s contents were for sale and indicated the place had held a lifetime of lovely memories.

Meandering down the carpeted hallway, I turned to the bedroom on the right…

and stopped dead in my tracks.

The lady of the house must of have been a seamstress.

Neat piles of fabric were stacked on the bed and tables.

Piles upon piles.

As I sorted through the denim and canvas, patterns and trimmings, I came upon a table in the corner.

It took my breath away.

Vintage linens.

Napkins embroidered with tiny white buds. Linen tablecloths with fancy edges. Table runners with frilly lace.

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Some were brand new and still ironed in their starchy crispness.

Others ~ you could tell~ had been used and loved for years and years. Some were yellowed with history and age.

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Vintage linens can remind us of the past and still be useful in the present!

I purchased some of that precious vintage linen that day in order to “someday” make something with it ~

Something that would remind me and others of a bygone era ~ the days where ladies carried pretty little hankies and the good china was always set on a bed of lace.

I’ve added to my little vintage collection over the years, and yesterday decided it was “someday”.

I chose to start with a big beautiful tablecloth.  I’m sure it was a stunner in its day. It was definitely well used and loved. The delicate woven fabric was torn in places and had even been darned a time or two.  But, there was still plenty of fabric for what I had in mind.

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Lavendar vanilla sachets…

With a vintage button, of course.:)

**Update: Find the DIY lavender sachet tutorial here.

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Use vintage linens for home decor or repurpose them into thoughtful gifts.

I had so much fun creating them. I always love to have a reason to craft. After all, there’s only so much I can use in my own house.

The perfect reason just presented itself a few days ago~ I’m going to participate in a local Christmas craft fair (more details to come). **Update: This event is now over.

And I’m also stocking my Etsy shop again!

There are some new signs listed in the shop, like this one: SOLD OUT


And this: SOLD OUT

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And I’ll be adding in some vintage linen goodies soon, too. SOLD OUT

vintage linen sachets at harbourbreezehome.com

Just in case you’re a sentimental vintage linen lovin’ woman like I am!:)

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  1. Who wouldn’t be cheered by reading your “You are so Loved” sign each morning,
    or by going to sleep at night with that last thought on your mind. Thanks Rita.

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