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Decorating with vintage fabrics

July 15th, 2014 3:00 pm by Melissa Baskette

Decorating with vintage fabrics

Vintage fabrics are sought after for collecting and decorating. 

Fabric manufacturers readily offer reproduction prints depending on current trends, but for the purist, nothing will do but the genuine article. Vintage fabrics can be found at thrift stores, estate sales and yard sales and are usually sold for a song. 

A couple of my best fabric finds were at the annual Tree Streets Yard Sale in Johnson City where I found a huge pile of 1930s colorful feedsack fabrics (I snatched them for just a few dollars), and at an estate sale hosted by P&J Antiques I scored a whole box of 1940s and 50s fabric for five bucks. 

When I come across a fabric I like, I buy it, even if I don't have immediate plans for it. Chances are, before too long that piece will be used in a redecorating project, or sold in my online shop. I don't limit myself to just fabric by the yard—I look for smaller remnants, already-made items such as curtain panels, sheets, duvet covers, or even clothing items that are made out of an interesting fabric that fits my style. The entire piece doesn't have to be perfect—it can be cut up and used in redesign projects.  

For instance, for an imperfect 1950s tablecloth can be redesigned as porch pillows or cheerful curtains for a kitchen window. Nothing makes a decorating statement like vintage fabrics. If you don't like a cookie-cutter dcor, take a look at vintage fabrics for inspiration. 

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