Thursday, 16 May 2013

Fifties Find


I've been looking for some curtain material.
I had an idea I wanted splashy yellow roses 
on a grey background.
I could picture it, but I couldn't find it.
All the usual avenues having been exhausted
and prices per metre being shockingly high
for anything I quite liked,
I turned to a well known auction site.


And sitting there on the haberdasher's counter
 was a bolt of 7 yards 16 inches of unused
1950s Bevis fabric made for Simpson and Godlee.
Priced at £1 6s 11d per yard when new,
this would have cost me the equivalent of almost £200.


There was one other customer, eyeing it speculatively.
I turned out my purse for sixpences, threepenny bits,
florins and half crowns.
I opened my wallet for blue fivers, brown ten bob notes
 and green pounds.
I thought I might have enough.

The auction ended this afternoon.

Mine for £25. Happy me.
I'll have it sent. It's quite heavy.

But will I dare cut into it?


5 comments:

  1. Lucille, you always make me smile :) I love your fabric. and thanks for the Texas shout-out!** I remember watching Mitch Miller's Sing-Along show with the bouncing ball on the lyrics. Did you have that?
    ** ( We are not ALL wacko gun-toting nut jobs!)

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  2. I've certainly seen bouncing balls on lyrics but not on that particular show. I hope the tornadoes didn't come anywhere near you in Houston.

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  3. What a fab bargain. Old money -I can just about remember the feel of a threepenny bit in my hand.

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  4. I remember silver threepenny bits Sue...

    I wonder if you will cut into that fabric Lucille? You could always just drape it.

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  5. That is so pretty! Please show us the results, that is, when you have dared to cut.

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