Sunday, August 30, 2009

Labels to Treasure

This weekend we visited our daughter and son-in-law in San Antonio so I really never made it to any estate/garage sales, but I do have to share what I found a couple of weeks ago on the last day of an estate sale in an older section of Abilene.
Of course, almost everything was half price that day, so I was searching through all the leftovers (mainly junk to me) when I saw this binder on a bookshelf. It was marked $1.50, so for 75¢ I pulled it down to see what it contained.




I was in shock! Every one of the FORTY pages was filled with neatly arranged garment labels!!!



I can not begin to imagine the amount of time it took to obtain all of the labels and painstakingly add them to this notebook--tape, tape, and more tape!





Some were very, very vintage while others appear to be from the 1980's and early 1990's. They were such a delight to me because, you see, I have my own little collection of vintage garment labels that has grown over the years. I keep my "few" in a little container on one of my shelves with the full intention of someday finding the perfect way to use/display them.
Here are 2 pictures of my collection:





I decided I couldn't let some of those labels just reside in that binder. They needed to be displayed! I carefully removed several from the pages and using a double stick, archival tape, added them to a sheet of leopard print paper and framed them! Now I plan to find the perfect location to make them viewable by many and not tucked away any longer.



I hope you have enjoyed seeing my labels that I plan to treasure. I am linking to Rhoda's Today's Thrifty Treasures and Susan's Met Monday, so skip on over to their blogs and be a part of the events!





26 comments:

soanywaytoday said...

What a great idea, never thouhgt about saving clothing labels, esspecially for the much loved items that eventually get worn out.

I love what you did with them too!

Tarva said...

How neat to find a treasure so specific to you.

ellen b said...

What a fun find designed just for you! Love it...

Nori said...

That's so fun that the binder of labels found a new home with a owner who truly appreciates its contents!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Super idea and it looks great!!

Wendy said...

What a neat collection!

They look great in that frame.

Julie said...

This is so cool...

Alicia said...

How cool is that! It always amazes me the things that people collect. I never would have thought of clothing labels, but that's a great idea.

I like the way you displayed them in the frame. Now they can be enjoyed in the open.

Visting from Rhoda's, please stop by and say hi.

Darlene said...

What a wonderful collection to add to your own!! Just perfect!!

Paula said...

It must be really fun to look through that binder and reminisce about brands that are no longer around. I like your display of labels - what a neat conversation piece for you home.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great find!

Embellished Bayou said...

What an interesting find and you did a great job displaying them! I never would have looked twice at something like that!

Tracy said...

I love that find !!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

What are the odds that you would have gotten a binder of clothing labels when you are a collecter yourself.

Sherrie said...

That is a great way to display the tags!

Thank you for sharing your idea!

Sherrie

Barbara said...

Suzanne, Your collection of garment labels is a first for me and then you find someone elses collection of the same thing.

Happy monday.

Barbara

arkie said...

Isn't it great to find something so special to your collections at such a great price?

susan said...

Suzanne It was meant to be! Those clothing labels were just waiting on you to give them the proper home!

Sue said...

Suzanne, what a clever and cute way to display these labels. This was a new collectible for me to see! Love the leopard print- very classy.
:-) Sue

Its So Very Cheri said...

What a special find.

I hope you will come by for a visit.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Deborah said...

What a cool collection. How fun to think of ways to display them.

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

What a great find for you! I like what you did with them ... very cool!

Jane

bj said...

This was a fantastic find for you. I love the frame!!
I am a Texas blogger, too, and not all that far from you. Lubbock.
I have friends in Hamlin and thru the years, I've brought my grands to your zoo in Abilene. If ever I am coming again, I'll let you know and maybe we can "do" lunch!! :)
By the way...nice to meet you. I'm bj.

Let it Shine said...

Those are really cool! Great find!!

Ellen said...

I LOVE your new labels!! Be sure to sew one into Siri's future collars and harnesses :)

Britt said...

What a cool find! I love the collection - never would have thought to do that, but it's so neat!