I spent one day ordering from on line, mini buttons, buckles and pretty fold over elastic, then took off to the local Mennonite thrift shop. It was 50 cent day in children's clothing! Without having small children I had no reason to shop the children's section in the past. Right away I could see why these Mama's were using clothing instead of buying fabric. So many items that looked new and the fabric's in these dresses were so pretty.
I also visited the fabric department. I was able to get fleece, fun fur, terry cloth, wool plaid, Christmas and fancy fabric's. Each was at least 3/4 of a yard and went from 25 cents to a dollar. I found 2 perfect patterns and some embroidery thread too.
I've written about my bread making. When I moved to Texas, I sold many things that just couldn't go with us. One of those items were my old bread pans. Now they don't make them anymore. Instead they make Loaf pans which are too wide for bread. I don't like my bread looking like a meatloaf! So while shopping the thrift store I spotted old bread pans. Since this photo we have used the dremel on them and cleaned them up like new. I bought 2 large and 3 medium pans for 2 dollars each.
I have one last thing to do before starting on the doll adventure. I need to use one of these patterns to make a sample and make any adjustments to the size. Don't want to ruin any of this fabulous fabric! My total at the thrift store was $22. 37! Pretty cheap for all the fun I'll get out of my new stuff!