Aug 12, 2010

Where to Find Vintage Sheets?

I have been asked many times where I find my vintage sheets.  So, I thought I would share where I find the goods. 

Garage Sales- this can be hit or miss, my best advice is to only look in the older neighborhoods.  Avoid the titles that say baby stuff.  I have found a few this way, not my favorite way... to much work.
Thrift store- This can also be hit or miss... some times I hit the mother load and other times I score nada. When you head out of town hit the thrifts in other areas... more variety. Here in Napa, we only have a couple of thrifts so it is always fun to see what other places have to offer.
Estate Sales-  This is my favorite way to find them... not to mention a bunch of other goodies.  Now days, I head straight for the linen closet.  I usually walk away  with at least one vintage sheet.

There is always ebay but the prices are crazy... this is not a method I use ever.  

Hope this helps, happy hunting!


8 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I used to see vintage sheets everywhere, but it seems like they are becoming harder to find. At least in our area. And I live in Florida where there are a lot of retirees. But sometimes I do find some nice ones at thrift stores.

TCahal said...

Thank you for the suggestions! Now can you tell me some tricks on spotting real vintage sheets vs the wanna be's? I know to look for tags, but beyond that I don't really know. Thanks!! :o)

Rachel said...

I have been extremely fortunate the last 2 days scoring 3 vintage sheets from 3 different op shops (thrift stores) and the kind I like best: beautiful cotton bold floral designs! my heart skipped a beat...

Bobbi@SnoodleDoodles said...

Thanks for the tips! And, I should say "howdy neighbor" as we aren't too far from each other! :)

fabriquefantastique said...

Iv'e been doing very well at the thrifts here in Toronto, its a big, multi-ethnic city, usually pick up one or two sheets when I have a morning 'out' (now I've said that I probably won't
find any for months)

jilly said...

Never been on ebay for sheets...went to look. OH. MY. GOODNESS. You aren't kidding. The prices are highway robbery!!!

I agree with the estate sales. Most of the time they have multiples that have never been used.

Another place I have done well with is thrift stores in "richer" areas. Sadly my favorite hole in the wall thrift closed after losing their lease:-(

Anna said...

It's true that thrift stores are hit or miss, but keep looking! I have a couple stores, about 30 minutes away (in opposite directions) where I can't even carry or afford as many as I want to buy when I go there. So I schedule one trip a month, and have as many sheets for myself and the shop as I need. So keep looking for that "right" store.

Evelyn said...

Don't forget rummage sales! Well, they are sort of like garage sales, but sponsored by organizations, and much larger, and usually indoors. The ones put on by churches sometimes have great sheets (and a lot of other interesting treasures!). Definitely more bang for the buck than a regular garage sale. Especially if they are having a bake sale too. ;-)