I've found lots of vintage linens over the years in thrift stores: pillowcases, small tablecloths, napkins, doilies, and multiple other pieces that leave me scratching my head as to their use.
Most of the time I had no idea how I would use them - I just couldn't bear to see these beautiful handmade creations moldering in a pile of junk. I knew from experience how long embroidery took - but drawn-thread work? I can't imagine.
Which leads me to the second reason I like buying things at thrift stores (just slightly below the savings factor) :
It honors, in a way, the time, love, and talent that went into handmade (or even quality made manufactured) vintage items from days when everything wasn't outsourced to China.
For day 2 of Thrift Store Transformations, I'd like to highlight one of the ways I've found to easily use some of these vintage linens. Find the complete tutorial I wrote over at The Happy Housewife:
It's easy to do and takes relatively no sewing so you, too, can liberate some sweet, old linens to live again as curtains.
How do you like to use old linens that you've collected or that have been handed down to you?