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May 13, 2013

Some Highlights From My Vintage Linen Collection

By RetroRuth

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a TON of vintage linens that I have picked up at random places over the years. Garage sales, antique stores, thrift stores and even church sales usually yield a bunch of vintage linen selections, some that are too cheap or too adorable to pass up. I even have a hefty collection that I inherited from various family members. Every once in a while my storage gets too crammed full and I have to re-organize slightly to be able to jam in all my treasures, and this last time I went through and snapped some pics of my favorites!


Is it wrong to start with my very favorite? Maybe I should have saved this for last, but I just love this soooo very much I had to put it out in front. This is a square tablecloth that I bought many, many years ago in an antique store. The deer are embroidered in each corner. Love it!


This is another square tablecloth that came from my grandma’s collection. I bet this cloth saw a lot of swanky cocktail parties in Chicago!


This is a large rectangular tablecloth that I picked up for $1.50 at my local Goodwill. I adore it, and it has no stains!


This was another thrifting find. I just think this boy and girl are so charming.


Another thrift find!! This one has some stubborn stains that didn’t come out with soaking, but I thought the flowers were so great that I haven’t been able to get rid of it. Maybe I will use it in a crafting project some day.


Another inherited square tablecloth, this one from one of my great aunts. They were all very talented ladies!


The work of another aunt. This is part of a set of bonnet girl tea towels that I just love. This one is my favorite, but there are 8 towels in total.


Cactus napkins! These were found at a rummage sale for 5 cents each!


Another gem from my grandmother’s kitchen! These were part of her regular everyday dishtowels, one of the more showy ones that would hang on the oven. Her kitchen was pink and gray!


And last, one of my most recent acquisitions, a set of little cottage napkins that I found at a garage sale. Yep, you are reading that tag correctly, they were 10 cents each!

So, do you guys have a vintage linen collection? What are your favorite pieces? Feel free to share in the comments below, and if you want you can email me pics of your collection to ruth@nopatternrequired.com!

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5 Responses to Some Highlights From My Vintage Linen Collection

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Awwwwww, that deer tablecloth how cute…..and I love those little cactus napkins!

  2. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    May 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    These are great! I’m swooning over the thought of a pink and gray kitchen with those towels. Will email some pics of my finds – vintage linens are definitely a weakness of mine!

  3. tammyCA Reply

    May 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Yes, I have a weakness for linens, too. Mostly I’ve acquired the tableclothes from flea markets/ebay/etsy…in fact, I was pretty thrilled to just find a tablecloth (unfortunately with some permanent foxing stains) at an estate sale the other day for $22…and that was a bargain considering the high prices I always see. Someday I’d love to travel to another state and go to these yard sales/thrift stores that seems to have such incredible finds for mere pennies!

  4. Andrea Reply

    May 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I see why the deer is your favourite! All your linens are gorgeous, but the deer really is fantastic!

  5. MadgesHatbox.com Reply

    May 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I have a fun collection of mid-century linens. Love your fish pattern.

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