Retail therapy, thrift-store-sewing-notions style.


A consolation score


The school bus schedule changed today, and according to Tyo the bus would be coming five minutes later as they are now the last stop to get on before the bus goes to the school. So we went out five minutes later than our usual time.

And, naturally, the girls missed the bus.

Now that the weather is no longer motorcycle friendly, we are back to being a one-vehicle family, which means my hubby takes off at 7:00 am with the car. Which leaves me with two kids and a complex web of public transit between us and the school. It’s not actually that far as the crow flies, but the buses and train just don’t connect well.

So we trudged off towards the nearest city bus stop. While I was inside the 7-11 getting change to get the girls on the bus (I have a pass as I take public transit to work), the bus came and went (not one that would take us right to their school, but within about a 10-minute walk at offpsring-speed). So, swearing quietly (me, not the kids), we trudged the block further to the train station. The train doesn’t go to the school, but it does go to a stop that has other buses that go by the school. We caught the train, although each of their tickets cost me extra because I still didn’t have quite the right change. We went to (what I thought) was the stop. We waited. Eventually the bus with a number we wanted came. We got on the bus.

The bus proceeded to toodle around in exactly the wrong area for about 40 minutes, before dropping us back where we started. Apparently it had the right number, but the wrong name underneath (usually this means that it’s going along the same route in the opposite direction, so it’ll still get you there EVENTUALLY. Apparently not in this case). It’s really embarrassing getting off a bus at the exact same stop you got on at. Ah, well. At least it gave us a chance to drill Syo’s spelling. She managed to score 0/10 on her last weekly spelling test. I think that takes talent, don’t you?

We started walking.

It takes about 20 minute to walk from the train station to the kids’ school. It only takes about 45 minutes to walk all the way from our house to the school. Granted speeds with offspring in tow are still a little less than optimal, but they’re not that bad. I got the kids to school an hour and a half after they first missed the bus.

Should’ve just walked the whole way.

So on the way home (walking) I stopped at Value Village to console myself. I staunchly resisted the several colours and weights of denims, and some rather interesting brocades. I did succumb to this rather lovely grey/cream wool (on the left in the top photo—would’n’t that make a lovely spring jacket?) and two packages of vintage zippers, still in their little paper cases. Including a bunch of invisible zips, which I don’t have any of. And a bleached old blue flannel duvet cover that will do nicely for the next round of muslin/underlining for Tyo’s coat (on the right).

Whenever I can get the pattern printed.

These zippers are really darling.



Regular zips


Most are in the 7 to 9″ range, good for skirts or pants. One’s a pink 14″ regular, and another’s a white 18″ invisible. I guess I need to make a white dress for it :).



Some invisible zips


And don’t they come in the most adorable little packages, complete with instructions inside?



More zips... the oldest, if price is a guide.


I really do hope I can convince myself to use them. Something about that old packaging is so precious…

Also, it occurs to me that I somehow missed out on the obligatory “Hallowe’en Post”. So here’s a picture. The only actual sewing I did was Syo’s red gauntlets (well, and the jacket Tyo used, but that was last summer and thoroughly blogged already). Syo’s costume wasn’t really warm enough… I should’ve made her put another layer underneath the shirt, even with the very mild weather we had on Sunday. She was pretty cold and grumpy by the time we got home, which is when this picture was taken.


The Zombie Punk and the Fire Fairy




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11 responses to “Retail therapy, thrift-store-sewing-notions style.

  1. That sucks. I like to walk “long” distances, too. When I push the pram and keep up a decent pace, I pretend it’s good exercise… 🙂

    • Yeah, that is the one thing I miss about the stroller (that and being able to pack half a cart’s worth of groceries in it for the walk home). Honestly, my overall fitness has declined significantly since I no longer have an hour’s guaranteed walk built into every single day…

  2. Sewista Fashionista

    Whenever I go to the thrift I hope that someone has left baggies of notions. It’s like grab bag party favors for home-sewers. Very cute costumes. We went out with a large group of neighborhood children and the kiddoes started out in the best of spirits and returned bleary and sugared up.

  3. oh wow, what a morning! glad the thrift store had lovely notions for you. one of mine is usually pretty dandy (well, at least they always have a ton of patterns and buttons, these will do in a pinch but my fave is old metal zips!) and the rest are always a bust for sewing things. oh well, you did score awesomely!!! now to get caught up on the rest of your week!

  4. Ah, the joys of public transit. I don’t have a car, which I like most of the time. But sometimes, I just want to go directly from A to B.

  5. Sue

    I don’t envy you chasing down buses and trains with little ones in tow however consider it your workout for the day 😉
    You don’t have to make a white dress to use your white invisible zip. Use nail polish to colour in the zipper tag and you can use whatever colour fabric you like!

  6. Nice find on the zippers. I never would have thought of Value Village for that.
    Hopefully your week improves!

  7. Yay thrifted notions! You’re the one that gave me the idea to look at my own local VV! I am sooo behind on my reading, so I hope your week improved 🙂
    And somewhere along the way, you changed the look of your site. I like it! Easier to read on my teeny laptop too.

    • Thanks! Weird, I was just re-reading that post… it was a while ago :). Yeah, I am really happy with this new theme, easy to read and lots to customize and I get a header! 🙂

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