The drawing for these aprons has ended - but you can find a pattern for the embroidery design under the "patterns" category on my blog. Thanks for stopping by!
A week or so ago, I mentioned doing another giveaway because I had discovered that I owned eight of the same thing.
I need to take that back. Not the giveaway part. The eight part.
I don't own eight ready-to-embroider clothespin aprons after all. I own eleven of them.
It's not as if I compulsively went from yard sale to yard sale last year, hunting for clothespin aprons. This all happened at the same sale. Except for the part where I picked up an apron, agreed on the price, paid for it and brought it home, I had almost no part in this whole affair.
Here's what happened: I went to an estate sale at the home of an antique collector. As it turned out, this woman collected everything: books, china cups, linens, furniture, greeting cards, Christmas ornaments, paintings, picture frames ... it was somewhere between amazing and scary.
Nothing was priced, because there was too much. I found this cute little clothespin apron on top of a stack of linens and asked one of the women running the sale what she wanted for it. A dollar fifty, she said. That seemed reasonable. I added it to my pile.
Wait, the woman said. Aren't you going to take the rest of them? And she reached over and handed me a stack of linens, and sure enough, there was a whole pile of these aprons. She was desperate to get rid of them.
I like to embroider. I collect aprons. And I use a clothesline in the summer (see yesterday's picture - I seem to have a little clothespin theme going this week). Even if I couldn't see me actually wearing this apron out to hang the laundry, I understood my interest in wanting one ready-to-embroider clothespin apron.
Maybe two, in case I wanted a spare. Or three, in case I wanted to put one away for my daughter. Or four or five if I wanted to give them for gifts. But - eleven? Even to me, this seems excessive.
Much as I have enjoyed the secure feeling that comes only in knowing that my family will never experience a clothespin-apron shortage, I need to share the wealth.
So - if it's been a longtime dream of yours to own an authentic vintage ready-to-embroider clothespin apron, leave a comment, and I'll pick some names at random next week. And if you'd like to leave a comment but are sort of horrified at the thought of owning one of these aprons, that's fine, too. I understand. Just say something like, "Just wanted to say hi, but for heaven's sake don't send me one of those aprons." I'll get the idea.
*counting down the days until the start of the yard sale season with finds that cost $1 or less. For those of you who don't want to do the math, the aprons were a little less than 14 cents apiece.