You know what I love? I love finding vintage sewing baskets at sales. Especially when the price is so low!
Like this one! There it was sitting in a room with odds and ends on the floor. All the furniture had already been bought and removed. I guessed this must of been on a shelf and the movers didn't know what to make of it so they just set it on the floor next to the extra curtains and bedding. I snatched it up and continued on my search through the rest of the sale. I couldn't wait to bring it home and open it up! I have to maintain my excitement at these sales. I don't want people to "up" the price because they think I've found gold or something!
How beautifully made this one is. It is covered with a quilted oil cloth like fabric. The color is still bright and not faded like most things this age. It must of been kept in a closet or cabinet out of the sun rays.
How excited I was to open it. I knew something was in it the moment I picked it up and that just adds to the "treasure hunt". Just look at the old wooden spools and other spools of thread. The buttons, oh I love old buttons! Some of them never used and some came from garments with the threads still attached. There are needles in their original packaging and various other sewing notions.
Tucked away in a side pocket I found this old drug store prescription box. What fun. The date on it is 7/3/47! It is nearly 70 years old! I just love finding this stuff.
Inside it was safely housing some old upholstery tacks. And the note on the inside cover - priceless. Can you enlarge it to read? If not, here is what it says: "We have these boxes hinged so that covers of different Boxes cannot become interchanged and the wrong directions applied. Every possibility of error is guarded against in our Prescription Department." The "hinge" is still intact. Thank God for modern medicines and the bottles we now have that are even child proofed.
Love these old buttons. I don't know yet what I'm going to do with them, or with the wooden spools. It seemed this sewing basket was carefully taken care of and I almost don't want to separate any of it.
I don't know a whole lot about this sweet little sewing basket, but the bottom has this label that says Kerk Guild inc., Artists in Accessories. I've looked (googled) it and found very few similar. I think it is from somewhere in the 40's to 60's, based on the prescription box inside, the other contents and the similars that I've found online. Doesn't matter though, because for now it sits on a shelf in my room, looking pretty, waiting for me to decide what to do with it, before it gets sold again in my own Estate Sale!