Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Midweek: I have a notion!

I went to a church rummage sale recently and bought two ziploc bags of rick rack, bias tape, and seam tape for $2 per bag.

I sorted the all-cotton from the synthetic. 

Remember when stretchy lace seam binding/hem tape came out?  And iron-on hem tape? (Fusibles have come a long way since the late 1960's.)

There were many unopened packages in the lot. 

These are Coats & Clark.

Several generations of Wright's.   Did you ever send in three labels and .10 to get "a generous package of trimmings suitable for doll's clothes"?  

Winsome Lady is brand I hadn't seen.  


Boiltex was made in Aurora, Illinois.  The company was Creed & Stewart. 

Some of the Trimtex is marked Milford, CT., and some Williamsport, PA. 

J. C. Penney store brand.   There were no Penney's stores in Chicagoland when I was growing up, but both the stores in Brenham, TX, and Pittsburg, KS, had dry goods departments in the late 70's/early80's.

I don't know Nynco, Warren's, or Just Rite but of course Fruit of the Loom is familiar. 
Tidy Trim from the Williamsport Narrow Fabric Co.  (Similar to TrimTex?) 

Two years ago when I made masks (remember that frenzy?) I used up all the packaged bias tape I had collected.  

I still have a lot of vintage trim left and my latest acquisitions are right at home.


  1. Wow, that is quite a collection!

  2. trip down memory lane...our jc penney did have fabric as my mother bought some to make dresses for me....and yes i did mail in the $1 and 3 labels to get trimmings and used most of them up!

  3. This brings back memories! I think I have some rick rack in my old sewing box.

  4. OMG yes my mom and I would save those wrappers and send them in for trims for my doll clothes!! Thanks for the memory! I have a lot of good memories of sewing with mom.

  5. I'd forgotten about rick rack braid. If it makes a comeback you'll make a killing with these.


  6. what a haul!!! I never heard of sending in the wrappers but think that is so cool! I sure do love looking at your treasures! Thanks!

  7. I miss the dry goods departments. You had fun.

  8. What a haul! I am out of those little cards, which I use to wrap leftover binding around and file by length in a wooden crate. Got a lot of them when we made layettes for Family Services in the Air Force, about a hundred years ago.

  9. What a stroll down memory lane! Hopefully you will not need the trim for the same purpose as before, ever again! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  10. I love yard sales, church sales, estate sales for this reason!


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