We’ve made it to the final topic in the series … Leaving a legacy. If you missed any of the previous topics (washing, drying, ironing, stain removal, storage, and mending), just click on the How to: Vintage Linens tab at the top of this blog to read them.
1. Money or property bequeathed to another by will
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past
If you love old linens but have inherited none, you can prepare to leave your own legacy … and you can do it without spending a fortune. These little hairpin lace doilies are the first two items I ever purchased for myself. It was 20+ years ago at an estate sale. Total: $3 The cost would still be about the same today.
Occasionally you’ll come across linens that have laundry marks. Some are a barely-legible series of numbers. Others … Oh, my. It may not have begun life as your legacy, but it’s yours to enjoy then pass on now!
|Source for “Oh, my”|
|Click HERE to read the story of this dress.|
Whatever your choice, it’s good to include as much information as possible about each item:
- Item # (good idea when you have an extensive collection)
- Item (tablecloth, Grandma’s hankie, etc.)
- Description (color, fabric, embroidery, crochet, ID marks, country of origin, etc.)
- Provenance (history/previous owners of item)
- # pieces (especially important for sets of napkins, placemats, etc.)
- Purchase date
- Purchase price
- Vendor (where you bought the item)
- Insured value
- Current value
- Location (where item is located/stored)
- Additional notes
No matter what size of collection we have … or what its value … the most important legacy we can pass along is the gift of ourselves. Will my family and friends remember that I acted with grace and hospitality when we gathered around a beautifully clothed table? Will they know that the stains they left behind were much less important to me than their well-being? Will they remember freshly-laundered bed linens welcoming them at the end of a pleasant day in my home? If all they have left of me is a hankie, will they remember that I dried their tears and loved them through both happy times and sad? I pray they will.
Remember … the best way to care for your vintage linens is to use them!