A Fun Girls Day, 3-19-24

Why didn’t I take a picture of our fun group???? Sam and Lucy and Alisa, Madeline and Naomi, and I went to our favorite thrift store in Osage, Iowa – Shop On Main. We had lunch at Teluwut (tell you what) that has the best fries I’ve ever had in my life!

I wish I had taken a picture of all our great finds. You won’t believe this but the entire store was 50% off! Yes – half price and this is the cheapest thrift store I’ve ever shopped in anyway.

Here is my small haul –

The cutwork runner was $1.50 and it’s not in perfect shape but I can repurpose it and not feel guilty.

Tomato pincushion $.35

Trust In the Lord plaque – $.25

Platter – ironstone – 18” long! – $.50. What?????? Dudson,Wilcox and Till – Hanley, England

The platter is sitting right here on my sewing table waiting for some pretty fabric – I love it!

An anonymous family member in the group will be celebrating her 91st birthday at the end of this month. Look at this great gift! Haha!!! Isn’t it just perfect?

We had the best time! I even bought some old Country Threads patterns that I’m not sure I still have. I want to put together a complete set – why, oh why, did we haul them off to the landfill? (its kinda funny tho’, isn’t it?)

Look at this wonderful quilt – it is simply beautiful, isn’t it? Pat’s story about the quilt is below the photo. I want to make rows of colors, too!!!

  I finally was able to get a picture of my August quilt.  It was finished in December but between our back and forth flu, hubby trying to saw his thumb off and the yucky weather,  it took this long.

  I am calling this quilt “Mary’s Fault”. Back in early summer (June?) you showed a quilt block you liked in a soft pink. I liked it too and kinda tucked it in the back of my mind. 

  Along came the August  DD and I didn’t have one for that number but pink and hoarded fabric were the alternates and I did have that.  Light bulb moment! Out came the block idea and my pink hoarded fabric. I had enough to make 3 blocks but didn’t need another table runner so I grabbed some more fabric I was saving for something special.  I guess this was it.

  I hope you are continuing to feel better and hope that lasts. I get grumpy when I don’t feel good / hurt and I’m sorry you’re having to go through this. 

Take care, 


Thank you, Pat! Well done, My Friend!

Tomorrow I will have the interview of our next card recipient. She is a blog reader who is having some health problems and I think we’d all like to cheer her up and let her know we’re thinking of her. I think it will help her get better faster.

Until tomorrow……

29 thoughts on “A Fun Girls Day, 3-19-24

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherri – that heavy ironstone platter was my favorite purchase yesterday! Think how much food it would take to fill that platter!

  1. Helen Jane (Tx)

    Mary, I am happy you were up to being out with friends. I would like to have been along. You find the unique pieces at the Thrift Places. I do think that Iowa has the best selections. I haven’t been to First Monday Trades Days for a while -too cold-too hot-pouring rains etc. Prices are higher here, but I still “drag it home” as R says….anyway enjoy your blog “about everything”…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Helen Jane – First Monday is advertised as a flea market, right? Antiques? I used to love primitives and antiques but now I’ve changed my taste to vintage – old but not antique – and I don’t find these in antique malls or flea markets, which I haven’t attended for several years. I love looking for these inexpensive treasure.

      1. Helen Jane (TX)

        Mary…FMTD is a variety of everything. I have my favorite places there. We don’t have any thrift stores nearby. Yes. those old platters “fed a crowd” at the table. I have a set of Americana dishes and there are a few “field hand” plates with it. On the farm, field hands were fed at dinner (lunch) along with everyone else a home cooked meal. I have also heard a lecture on “hired hand” quilts. These were simply made but provided for overnight comfort in the barns. Wow! Time has progressed on…

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Helen Jane – no thrift stores probably because of FMTD – everything is saved up to go there. I grew up in that era of dinner at noon – a full meal of meat and potatoes especially when we filled silo or ground feed.

  2. Dee from Shell Rock

    Our group loves Osage and the Teluwut, I went there years ago with a friend who goes to Clear Lake with friends and Osage is a favorite shopping trip. We’ve been there several times, never hit the thrift shop though. I’ll have to point it out. I have a cold, another friend has shingles, we had just talked about her getting the vaccine. Another friend went to Iowa City today with severe stomach pains. My cold is a nuisance, but in the overall scheme of things, I’m doing OK! And yes, I have picked up several Country Threads patterns along the way. I have 8 of the goats made, waiting for more animals. Take care, and I Love Mary’s Fault!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee – one time I found an Aunt Amy book for $2! I feel lucky to be healthy with just one sore bursitis hip.

  3. Donna Jo

    Great thrift store finds! Love the 91 birthday gift! What a hoot! Did you really throw all your patterns away?😳 Why didn’t you donate them to the thrift store? Pat your quilt is beautiful! I hope you are keeping it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I am not sure why we didn’t look into thrift stores. We did give some to a Planned Parenthood garage sale but closing was so overwhelming I think we just closed out minds. Anything to be done.

  4. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

    What a wonderful day and great finds as well as LOW prices! Perfect😀. Pat, your stunning quilt was worth the wait. I can’t even find time to bind the baby quilt I’ve been working on since February.🤪. I have to agree with all of us having aches and pains, but then I look at my husband with surgery and two friends with cancer and I think, ok, you’re doing fine! We all just have to stay on our feet and not fall🙀. Spring is here, flowers are blooming, temp. to be 55* today. All good😺

  5. Fran

    Mary’s Fault–what a fun quilt! I love it!

    More sewing room weather here again today. Barely above the freezing mark and wind. Last night I looked out my front window and saw heavy smoke way off in the fields at least a mile away. When it got dark there were flames. Called a friend who lives on another end and they did not know but her hubby drove up to make sure it was being taken care of. Scary. Glad no wind last night.

    I managed two swipes on the long arm yesterday late afternoon. So much to do!

  6. Deb in Idaho

    Oh I love the Mary’s Fault guilt, so beautiful. We’ve had beautiful weather,so lots of winter clean up. The weather is changing,so there is time to spent in the sewing room, which by the way is in a major clean up, oh the dust bunnies!😳 I love your thrift store haul, hum maybe😏. Stay safe and healthy everyone

  7. Mary

    I am amazed at the thrift store finds! Jo at Jo’s Country Junction finds great bargins too. Around here even junk is way over priced. Some items from the Dollar Store will be priced higher than the price was originally!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary – oh, we have a place like that, too. The original price tags is still in the item and it’s priced higher. Good grief! Is no one paying attention?

  8. Alice in SW Ohio

    Pat’s quilt is stunning! I have fabric that I dyed in a class I took many years ago & I bought your book for that pattern, Mary & Connie! I knew I would eventually find a pattern that I wanted to use that fabric with. But before I can start on it I must get some of my quilt tops quilted!! I certainly understand your mind set when you & Connie were closing down your business. I felt the same way when I sold my home & had a month to clear out everything & move. Some things I got rid of, I shouldn’t have & I miss those things! Many heirloom & antiques I took pictures of & at least have that.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Alice – it was too overwhelming to think about all the details!

  9. Pat in AZ

    Mary, you didn’t get pictures because you were in the moment as they say. Your pictures will be the memories of the great day you had .

    Love that platter and especially love the price! I would have grabbed it up at 10x the price and grinned all the way out the door. I have utility platters but also have 2 that are just for ogling. One I got at a vendor booth at a garlic festival and one was from my mother that she used when we were growing up. I love them both.

    Gloria and Galen, so sorry for your loss of Angel. They sure break our hearts when they leave us.

    Thank you everyone for your kind words about Mary’s Fault. It was so fun to dig through my hoarded fabric and actually use some of it. And despite hints from our daughters, I’m keeping this one!
    Take care,
    Pat in AZ where it’s mostly sunny and 81

  10. Doris G

    I went to Lu’s service today and I saw Karen. She said that she and Lu loved looking at all the cards and talking about them. It was a very emotional day for me but I got to see all of Lu’s kids, grandkids and great grandkids. I had not seen some of them since her middle Son passed away 10 years ago. It was a beautiful service for a wonderful woman who touched many lives. Again thank you to everyone who sent cards to Lu and to Karen. Her last name is McDaniel.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Doris – thank you for telling us about Lu and her family – what a simple little thing a card is but look how much it means! I can tell Lu will be missed.

  11. Sherry Whalen

    Hi Mary! I’ve been at retreats the past 2 weekends – Ironwood last weekend, Debbie’s in Osage this weekend (but we cut it a day short in anticipation of winter weather) – and I went to the thrift store to check it out. It was half price day last Thursday too. I got a couple of treasures and judging by the line checking out, many others did too! Thanks for the tip about the store, I loved walking around the store imagining what the classrooms were. Sherry in Kasson MN – watching the snow being blown around.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherry – glad you checked out the thrift store – that’s where my donations will be going instead of Clear Lake which doesn’t even classify as thrift any more.

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