Thursday, October 21, 2010

BARKCLOTH SURPRISE!

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!


13 comments:

Donna said...

Your drapes are gorgeous! I have always loved barkcloth. that you got them for free was even better! Your golden retriever is so cute!!

kluless said...

Oh.My.Gosh. SCORE!! These are the things that keep us going back, for sure. Those drapes would easily be $100 at the antique mall in any condition and they are stunning hung on that window. I am green!

ceodraiocht said...

Michele - those are beautiful. The newer reporductions are never the same. The colors even shine though on the photos.
Maggie
http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com

Pam said...

Awesome find! I found a piece of McCoy this week, but I think barkcloth trumps that. I have only run across cut up pieces of it, never the whole curtain. Congratulations!

Carolyn said...

That was a great find and so nice to get a freeby!

Thank you for visiting me,

Carolyn

Wendy said...

What a lucky day! A great find and then to have found out it was free is awesome!
Wendy

Inspired by you said...

Don't you just love a great find! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I say go for the chaise. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Nicole @ Black Cab Designs said...

Wow, I love graphic prints and you can't be free! Thanks for your kind comments on my chair. I just started blogging but my next upholstery project I promise to have a camera glued to my hand. :)

antiquechase said...

Wow, that was super lucky!
Thanks for the visit and taking the time to comment!!

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

Beautiful! And honestly....you can't beat free! Great find :) And thanks so much for your sweet comment over on at The RLM!

www.thisoldhouseinnewliberty.blogspot.com said...

Those drapes bring back memories of my grandmothers house!

Nancy

elizabeth said...

These are totally back in style now! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me your kind comment. We must be neighbors, I live in Portland. :) Loved your post about your trip up the mountain to the orchard. We used to live near Parkdale years ago, and still make the trek to get fruit every year.

Melanie said...

Hello Michele, first of all thankyou for visiting my blog, your sweet words made me smile. I am seriously passionate about my antique laces and linens. I can share your joy now in finding these barkcloth curtains. BARGAIN ! Free is always a great price isn't it...lol
They look fantastic hanging in your window and again they will serve their purpose and look stunning for years to come. Barkcloth is such a strong fabric and it lasts forever doesn't it !
I feel the same as you about sustainability and using what is already out there in the world. There are so many wonderful antiques and vintage pieces in the world that can be reused without massive production lines.
Melanie :-)