Auctions are STILL hard work!

A few weeks ago I did a post about the hard work involved in going to auction.  Well, believe it or not, almost a month later, I’m still working through things from that auction. This time it was the linens …

Remember these?  Piles of vintage linens …


Well, what I haven’t told you is that I went to another auction the next weekend … and bought MORE fabulous linens.

Then, a sweet friend thought of me when she needed to declutter some things around her house — and she gave me a box that included these wonderful vintage embroidered pieces …

I was really excited about these because I had very few beauties like this in my “stash” and needed to add some. Now I just have to decide which few I want to add to my personal collection — and which ones I’ll put in my Etsy store and send … from My Place to Yours! Either way, they’re getting back into circulation, and that’s what’s most important!

But getting them back into circulation — now that’s where the hard work comes in!  Long before the washing and ironing can begin, everything has to be sorted … But lucky me!  I have two friends who are as nuts about vintage linens (and dishes!) as I am, and they came over last week and oohed and aahed with me as we unpacked and sorted the treasures. (They were a GREAT help, but we all know they just wanted the first peek!) When my friends left, my dining table was fully extended and covered with piles of napkins, pillowcases, tablecloths, hankies, towels …




And yesterday I tackled it. I inventoried every piece and separated them even further. Then, this someone who isn’t particularly fond of plastic storage bins, invested in several …

By the end of the day, a metamorphosis had taken place!



One word of caution:  I haven’t yet done a post on proper linen storage, but let me just mention here that linens should NOT be stored long-term in plastic containers. And if moisture is a problem, containers like these should probably be avoided entirely. This is my short-term solution for linens that still have to be laundered.

Now it’s time to get busy.  I ALWAYS have laundry that needs to be done — so I can send fabulous finds … from My Place to Yours!

I’m linking to Metamorphosis Monday
at Between Naps on the Porch and Table Top August at Colours Dekor


  1. What a job! Good friends are handy! 🙂

  2. Beautiful!
    Zondra Art

  3. Lucky you isn’t it fun? I just aquired 8 vintage tablecloths too. Two of them have never been used as they still have the labels on them. Can’t wait to get the rest washed up and on the table.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  4. What wonderful vintage lines! I love them. Recently, my mom shared a trunk full of vintage family linens with my sister and I. They just make a table setting. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow, that is an amazing amount of linens! Do you do pretty good with them in your Etsy store? I’ve been kicking around the Etsy idea but still haven’t run with it.

    Have a great day!


  6. Since I am a big fan of vintage linens, I think you have a treasure on your hands!!! I’m amazed at the number that you have and would enjoy just going through them to see the variety of lovely patterns and trims.

    Way to go with the organization. I know from personal experience what a job you had on your hands!

  7. Oh so lovely… lovely!! Keep them safe… and treasure them.. or simply send them to me.. I’m a huge huge fan of pretty linen.. Thank you for joining in the August table top @ Colours Dekor.. 🙂

  8. These are gorgeous!! Hope to see you sometime at My Dream Canvas.

  9. Do you have Vintage Soak? It does the most amazing job on vintage linens that I’ve ever seen. Good luck on your project. Looking forward to the auction. Cherry Kay