Tuesday, January 26, 2010

~VINTAGE LACE TRIMS - Blessings From Another~

~A BOX FROM MR. POSTMAN~

As hard as it is for me to believe, last November I began my 8th year as a seller on eBay. Back in those early days of selling my wares I offered up mostly hand-stitched pillows and little sachets. To be honest with you there were so many sellers offering up similar merchandise that I was certain I'd be forever lost amongst a sea of very talented women. I had only a tiny stash of fabric and enough vintage trims to fit inside a small Priority Mail box.

My how things have changed!

~SENT TO ME BY MS. KIM~

Thankfully, a few die-hard buyers found me and the rest is history. Even though the economy has slowed down over the past few years, thanks to many of my faithful followers I've managed to continue doing what I love.

After my first year I began offering hand painted finds...but that is a whole different story and I'll save it for another Post.

~SIMPLY LOVELY VINTAGE FINDS~

Many of my gals (and a few of their hubbies) have been with me from the very beginning and some have even grown into wonderful on-line friends. I've had the pleasure of meeting several of you in person and I hope in the future to see many more of your smiling faces!

~I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT OLD LACE~

Two of my favorite buyers are a couple of ladies who are both named KIM! They are close friends with one another and it seems like one of them is always buying something for the other. About 6 weeks ago Kim #1 sent me an amazing box of vintage laces and trims. I was speechless and immediately put those lovely old treasures to use.

~SUCH A DARLING LACE BOW~

So, imagine my surprise when today another box, even better than the first one, was delivered to me here at my La Chaumière de Briarwood. The treasures inside this box truly took my breath away. It was FULL of gorgeous vintage trims, laces, ascots, collars, cuffs, edging and even a beautiful old blouse. You name it and I found it in that box!

~VINTAGE LACE BLOUSE~

It was sooo exciting. There is nothing better that getting something in the mail that you weren't expecting!

~IRISH LACE AND LINEN COLLAR~

I have big plans for this piece!

~SWEET EDGINGS~

I use a ton of lace in the keepsakes that I design and nothing gets my creative self going more than running my fingers across aging trims from bygone days...

~TREASURED OLD FINDS~

Thank you, Kimbo! I so wish you had been here to see the huge smile across my face! I was jumping up and down and running all around! Just when my stash was beginning to dwindle away God sent you my way to fill up my coffers again! How blessed I am this very day. Between you and my friend, Mary Don, well...I have learned a lot about paying it forward.

Blessings to you as you willingly bless those God has placed along your path...


23 comments:

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

What beautiful items!
Gorgeous.
What sweet friends you have.

I sell on ebay, too. (totally different items, though)
I'm thinking of moving my vintage items to etsy.
I have no idea how it will go???

Good luck in your ventures, wishing you continued success!

~Amy

Janine Robinson said...

How absolutely delightful! I so enjoyed reading your post this morning. Your passion is contagious! I love how God knows just how to make us smile ... especially with such sweet surprises! Have a fabulous week.

Marilyn said...

Morning Rebecca....This is an amazing box of beautiful laces & trims. How nice to get such a lovely surprise in the mail!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a treasure trove of vintage textiles!

What lovely friends to share with you.

Jodie LeJeune said...

Oh Rebecca!!!!
What a gift!!!!
How sweet of her to surprise you like that, especially with all of those beautiful BEAUTIFUL goodies.
ok.
I'm jealous. truly jealous.
;)
everything vintage

Victorian1885 said...

Rebecca..what a wonderful suprise! I too received a similar box of lace & trim a few years back and still remember how my heart sang. I used two of the lace collars to adorn lampshades and added a lovely old brooch to finish the look off. There is nothing better than vintage lace with linen..enjoy your treasurers and have a wonderful day! Blessing..

Wanda

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

How wonderful. It is always so great to receive gifts. Have fun and create many beautiful pieces.

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, sweet Rebecca ~ How lovely these ladies shared with you ... I do think their laces are better than those I sent, tho. What an exquisite bounty. I will be even more anxious to see what you do with my laces & items, as well as Kim's laces now ... it is such fun to view how they are used.

Giving is a heart gift ... nothing expected, just joy in giving ... I am sure these ladies enjoy it as much as do I. :)

Terrible 3 days ... huge set back, but I'll bound back as always.

Have a great week!

Hugs of love, Marydon

The French Bear said...

That is truly amazing, what a wonderful gift. So much lace, and really keepsake pieces!!! How lucky you are to have such a giving friend!!! Enjoy!
I can't wait to see what you make!
Hugs,
Margaret B

icandy... said...

******SWOON*********
That lace is gorgeous!
OX
Christina

debbie said...

DEAR REBECCA,
BLESSINGS SURROUND YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A BLESSING.
WE JUST PRAY FOR THE TWO KIM'S IN YOUR LIFE AND MARY DON.
IT IS WONDERFUL TO FEEL OF OLD LACE AND YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THE STAGE COACH BEING DRAWN DOWN THE ROAD WITH THE CLIPPITY CLOP OF THE BLACK HORSES...COMING TO REBECCA'S MILLINERY SHOP.
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY REBECCA
LOVE
SIMPLY DEBBIE

glenda said...

Wunderbar...Wunderbar...
Lucky you, Lady Rebecca...
To have friends that go the extra mile for you is the best kind of love...Are you ready for the coming storm? I hate ice, absolutely hate it, I hope the winds behave themself.
I appreciate you and all the times you have encouraged me, and helped me..
Big Hugs,
glenda

June said...

All I can say is a big WOW and that it couldn't have gone to a sweeter ladie's mailbox. I know you will have fun with this. It's all so beautiful. That little lacy bow almost stopped my heart.
hugs

Elyse said...

hi rebecca!

how lovely this post is. your photos just go seamlessly with your blog -- everything so soft and pretty.

enjoy your goodies!

xo
elyse

Sares said...

What beauties! I am sure it was like Christmas, but better because it was such a surprise!

Martha's Favorites said...

Rebecca: How beautiful! I love old lace. Isn't wonderful when friends can just gift something so precious? No one deserves it more. Continued blessings, Martha

GWENDOLYN said...

Rebecca,
Your vintage laces are beautiful and sweet . it is easy to see why you love them so... when I am in the fabric store I love to go look at and touch the lace fabrics they sell for gowns and such... one of these days I will buy a yard. I already know which one.. I just find it hard to justify the cost of it. $30.00 a yard.
What a wonderful testament to you that your buyers send you gifts.
Blessings always!
Gwen

Tanza said...

Hi my sweet friend ~
WoW !! You were blessed !! These are just simply gorgeous !! I LoVe the pretty lace collars .. how wonderfully fun to be blessed, ALL because you continually bless others' .. have fun playing with all your new girlie stuff .. It's another rainy evening here, soo I'm going to go cuddle on the couch ~
huggers ~tea`xo

Stacey said...

Rebecca, each of those little pieces of lace are beautiful. I know you will do something amazing with them. How sweet your friends are. :)

Miss Gracie's House said...

What fun you will have...that is some gorgeous lace! I've enjoyed getting caught up...it's so pretty! And encouraging...your post about your your visit with your friend was so touching.
Rene'

BellaRosa said...

Rebecca amor, what wonderful surprises to receive in the mail from such generous friends...but you have a lovely and generous heart yourself :) Can't wait to see what beauties you create with these new treasures. Besos, Rose

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Aw, glad you were blessed, Rebecca! I too love lace and it always amzes me to see old, delicate lace that is still in such excellent condition! Delicate yet strong... I think that's us as women of God. ♥

Kim N. said...

Dear Rebecca,
What a sweet posting about our dear friend Kim L. She has such a kind and generous spirit and truly enjoys bringing joy to others! I have learned so much about kindness and grace from my dear friend. I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations. Your friend, Kim N.

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