Thursday, October 21, 2010


I love the hunt for something interesting and cheap when I peruse estate sales.  But I never considered this find one sunny Spring Saturday.  I had stopped at an estate sale to see if there was anything worth returning for the next day when prices were reduced 50%.  I passed through the house, the basement, then to the garage.  Out the garage doors and around the corner was a pile marked free.  It consisted of cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other.  The top box had "Drapes" written on it.  I peered inside.  On top were some plaid panels, then a fluffy valance, and then I saw it. . . the flowers, those brightly colored, large print, bold flowers.  I recognized it immediately, BARKCLOTH!  And it was a wonderful semi-tropical print with great colors on a cream background.  I started pulling them out and they just keep coming.  Two full panels and a valance were soon in my arms.  I held them up briefly for a quick look and they were in great shape, even the lining was intact. 

I looked around, thinking someone would say "what are you doing with those barkcloth drapes?"  I pulled myself together.  After all, they were in the free pile.  When I got home, I washed them immediately on delicate, in cold water and line dried. I ironed them carefully.  They are fabulous!