June 14, 2014

I don’t know about you, but from time to time I like to drop in on the thrift shop to peruse the shelves. You never know when you’re going to find something wonderful that makes you happy.

A couple days ago I was moseying through the store, when something caught my quilter’s eye.

It was in my hands in about a second flat, and I thought to myself, “I wonder if whoever made this knew what it was.”

I turned it over, and yes, they did.

It’s a Milky Way Baltimore Album Quilt Limited Edition Canister from 1997.

How very cool that I happened into the shop that day! Needless to say, it came home with me. I was prepared to pay the tagged price of $1.49, but discovered upon checking out that it was 50% off, so it was 75¢!

The back says, “This limited edition canister celebrates the making of classic appliquéd quilts during the mid-nineteenth century in America. The Baltimore Album appliquéd quilts were known for their decorative Victorian design style.

“Each pattern on the quilt was symbolic. The corner pattern on this canister is ‘fleur de lis,’ representing Light, Life, and Power.”


Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


12 Responses to “Thrift shop find”

  1. Ruth on June 14th, 2014 5:55 am

    I love to go to garage sales and yesterday I happened upon a large fund raising one. Your tin is very cute! I hate to “one-up” you, but I found some quilt blocks for making a double wedding ring quilt – 14 of them – and I got them for a quarter! I love deals like that!

  2. Betsy on June 14th, 2014 6:17 am

    Good buy! You scored good!

  3. Elaine on June 14th, 2014 6:42 am

    My husband is the garage saler in our family, he has found a 1925 and 1915 portable singer and a featherweight for me. I love a good bargain. Your tin is lovely and for .75-wow!

  4. Gale S. on June 14th, 2014 10:28 am

    You found a bargain–I have the same one, and I paid $5 for it at a thrift shop in the Seattle area. But it was worth it–I so enjoy using it. Congrats on your bargain!

  5. Debbie St.Germain on June 14th, 2014 11:17 am

    I love thrift shopping, you never know what you will find.
    That is a really nice box and great for storing your quilting items.


  6. Cathy Perlmutter on June 14th, 2014 5:07 pm

    The universe gave you a well-deserved present!!!! Congratulations!

  7. Patty W on June 15th, 2014 8:39 am

    Wow…..good find and at such a price!!

  8. Helen Lebrett on June 15th, 2014 1:49 pm

    I have one of those boxes (can’t remember where I got it) and I love it!! it holds threads right now and is waiting for me to get a craft room so it can really shine! :-) have a great weekend! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

  9. VickiT on June 15th, 2014 1:51 pm

    Wow. What a great find.

  10. Sue on June 17th, 2014 1:24 pm

    Lucky you!

  11. Charlsey on June 17th, 2014 1:35 pm


    I have that exact tin on my shelves in my sewing room. I loved it as soon as I saw it AND the Milky Ways were not shabby either! (I’m still carrying around the 10 pounds I gained eating them!

  12. Sarah Vee on June 18th, 2014 11:25 am

    Hi Kay, I own one of these tins too :) I got it at a thrift shop. I paid a bit more than you (wink) Right now its holding leftover binding. Enjoy!