The past couple of weekends, I’ve gone on scavenger hunts for things that are old. Two weekends ago, I drove north and west of Philadelphia to Lambertville and New Hope. Rumors around the city labeled these two towns, which sit on opposite sides of the Delaware River, a great place to find vintage clothes, sewing patterns, knick knacks, and antiques. The Golden Nugget, situated just outside the city, and Love Saves The Day, satisfied my vintage itch and for under $20. The weekend before my trip to Lambertville and New Hope, I checked out a local shop, The Resource Exchange. It’s located in North Philly and was suggested to me by a talented sewing friend. Small and cramped, I picked up a few items while I was here and the total for everything was close to $7. One of my finds was vintage tracing paper. I didn’t purchase it for function, rather, I got it for amusement. Look at the advertising on the back – isn’t it amazing how much copy, or text, was used? Words fill up more space than images! It’s the opposite nowadays. What grabbed me the most though were the words highlighted in yellow. In most cases when sewing to layers of fabric together, we say “right sides together,” but back then, they said “wrong sides out.” Ha! That’s interesting! I wonder when that terminology change and why?
P.S. Do you see the black strip on at the top of the package. It’s actually black tape and it means that the price for this gem was 25 cents. Twenty five cents!