The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 6
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AB SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 FASHION THE SALINA JOURNAL V THRIFT STORES Shoppers score at thrift stores It's fashionable for consumers to mine secondhand shops for great, inexpensive stuff By LISA McKINNON Scripps Hmi'nnl /Vpii's Service VENTURA, Calif. — The chair had arm rests, all of its casters and a lever for changing the rocking motion. It also had a seat cushion covered in orange Naugahyde, and that fact was a deal breaker for Parker Kendall. So what if the chair — discovered in the furniture department of a Salvation Army thrift store in Ventura, Calif. — cost only $7.50 and still bore the manufacturer's "Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law" tag? That orange Nau- gahyde was ghastly, a crime against good taste. But not so criminal, it turned out, as to be without hope. After checking prices on new office chairs hearing more stylish upholstery, Kendall did what any self-respecting comparison shopper on a budget would do. He went back to the thrift store, plunked down some money, and drove the chair home. It's in his bedroom now, right next to the desk where Kendall sits when he's working on his home computer, or putting together materials for the German classes he teaches at Ventura College. "I've never regretted buying it," he said. "Even though it clashes with my decor." Since scoring the chair (thrifter talk for finding a real bargain), Kendall has returned to thrift stores again and again. He paid $2 for a king-size bedspread in perfect condition and found a source for $1.50 tennis shirts. During one sortie, he met a woman who scours thrift stores for men's sports coats, which she decorates with embroidery and then re-sells to tony Women's boutiques. "I remember my parents being horrified. 'You bought that at the Salvation Army!'But I thought I looked like a movie star." Anna Sui New York fashion designer Chic places to shop Once seen as cluttered, seedy places that catered only to the down and out, thrift stores are now such popular— even chic — places to shop that the uninitiated may need guidance in finding the best stuff. "There are great bargains to be found around thrift stores, especially those in classy neighborhoods and or those run by society's pet charities," said Leah Feldon, author of "Dress Like a Million on Remarkably Less" (Villard Books, 1994). "But after years of study I've concluded that great thrift store shoppers are a different breed of animal. They enjoy the thrill of the hunt as much as the kill." Just how fashionable are these pre-outlet T SEW SIMPLE Photos by Scripps Howard News Service Arturo Garcia of Ventura, Calif., checks out the drawers in a dresser selling for $19.99 In a thrift shop. His daughter, Estefania, discovers her image In the mirror. mall bargain centers? New York designer Todd Oldham has said that he is often inspired by what he finds in the bins at Goodwill. Fellow designer Anna Sui told InStyle magazine that she began shopping in thrift stores when she was in high school because "I couldn't relate to the clothes that were in the department stores when I was growing up in the '70s — the floral prints, the polyesters. "I wanted to look like Jean Harlow and Anna May Wong," Sui added. "I remember my parents being horrified. 'You bought that at the Salvation Army!' But I thought I looked like a movie star." Today, that another-era look is exactly what draws Barbara Bickford to sources such as the Retarded Children's Thrift Store in Ventura when she's shopping for clothes for her children, ages 1 to 18. "The older ones won't wear anything that looks too new," she said. V IN THE HOME For shoppers with teen-agers who won't wear anything that looks new, thrift stores can be the answer to providing such apparel as denim shorts. Sport shirt to be sewn for Father's Day EUNICE FARMER King Features Dear Eunice Farmer: My husband bought me a wonderful new sewing machine this Christmas. I would love to make him a casual short-sleeved sport shirt as a surprise for Father's Day. Please help me with a pattern selection. At the same time, my 18- year-old son would love one of those new, banded sport shirts without the traditional collar. Could you please also give me a pattern number for this type of shirt? — Evelyn P. Dear Evelyn: Butterick 3777, sized extra-small to extra- large, is easy to make and per- 4> feet in classic summer prints. For the banded neckline found on the newest sports shirts, I suggest Kwik- Sew 2258, sized from small to extra-large. This pattern has a number of alternatives, including long or short sleeves. , Both men should be happy with your special gift. i Dear Eunice Farmer: Your column is the bible in our household; my wife loves it! I would like to purchase one of the new embroi- 3ery sewing machines you have written about, but I need your help in selecting the right brand. — Ed J. Dear Ed: There are many options to consider before you make a purchase. There are several fine sewing machines and embroidery machines available. The Babylock ESE, a combination sewing-embroidery machine, has many neat options. The Viking "Rose" is less expensive and also has many options, including a regular sewing machine and embroidery machine combiria- Patterns: Butterick 3777 and Kwik-Sew 2258 tion. Remember, a combination machine sounds wonderful, but you can only use it for one operation at a time, so you may want to consider the embroidery machine by itself. Many have built-in designs Some machines have many built-in designs, such as the Bernina, with additional embroidery cards available, as well as a wonderful large-touch .display screen. Besides the above-mentioned features, each company has its own style of embroidery. You must carefully check them all before making a decision. Some machines do mirror image pictures as you embroider, some have thread cutters and automatic needle threaders as part of the machine. Create your own embroidery Also, if you are an artist, some machines offer computer-aided designs that allow you to create your own embroidery. As I have said repeatedly, you are buying the expertise of your dealer. Be sure you feel comfortable with him/her, and make sure he/she offers unlimited lessons. A book that comes with the machine is not enough! Don't compare prices, compare features and service. I have only mentioned a few machines and features I'm familiar with. Ask your friends, and then make a decision. Winner of the lighted seam ripper and needle threader, for the sewing tip of the week, is Olga Davidson of St. Petersburg, Fla. Her tip: "To keep track of which garments are washable or dry-cleanable, write in permanent ink on a length of twill tape and sew it in the neckline or waist." You, too, could win a lighted seam ripper and needle threader. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131. If she selects your tidbit for publication, you'll receive this sewing notion. Farmer is a nationally recognized authority on sewing. An author, teacher, lecturer and fashion reporter, she owns a fabric boutique and sewing school. PLAY PLACE BIRTHDAY PARTIES I CallTodayTo Make Your Child's Birthday A Special One! Play Place at Planet Avenue McDonald's | 5 Don't Forget! Hot Cakes Supper 5-7pm Tuesday Nights at South Broadway McDonald's! Birthday Parly Includes * Happy Meal 01 Your Choice « 19x12 Birthday (,,ikt- « 12 c« Child Sue Dunk » '1 ui l.uwt<il Hu£tMi Ice (.ILMIH » i Paily I rivuii> ui nl 1 Balluun pei ( I mil « bpecial Hifbi-nl I .» Birthday Child • And Mule' Salina Journal t& Vinyl Center Vinyl 100'sTo Choose From! Good thru 5/10/97 BUILDINQ MATERIAL WAMHOUU 2450 S. Ninth Street, Salina, KS • 827-8774«1-800-249-8774 Button pillows quickly change seasonal decor MARY LOU ODLE KSU-Saline County Extension Agent- Family unit Consumer Sciences A change in accent pillows can give a summer look to a couch or bed. One of the easiest pillows to .* sew is the button pillow. With a yard of fabric and three large buttons, you can quickly design a new pillow. Any size pillow form is suitable, but these directions are for an 18-inch form. You'll need 1 yard of 45-inch fabric, Vi yard of lightweight fusible interfacing, three 1 Mi-inch diameter buttons, an 18-inch pillow form and thread. For the front button pillow, cut two front pieces — one in a 19-inch square, the other 19- inches by 13'/a-inches. Cut another 19-inch square for the pillow back. Also cut two 4Vi- by 19-inch rectangles from fusible interfacing. To create the front button opening, fuse each interfacing rectangle to the wrong side of each front piece along the 19- inch edges. Finish each 19-inch long interfaced edge by serging the edge or folding over V4 inch and stitching. Fold over and press each front piece along the edge of the interfacing, folding down approximately 4 '/a inches. At this point, mark and work three vertical buttonholes across the large front pillow piece along the interfaced edge. Place the large front piece over the small front piece so that you have a 19- Connect marks. Four Edges Here's a technique for preventing floppy corners on pillows. inch square. Mark and sew buttons on the small front piece to correspond to the buttonholes on the large piece. Baste the two front pieces together. To prevent floppy corners on square pillows, taper the pillow sides to the corner. Fold the back pillow panel into fourths. Then mark one-half the distance from the corner to the fold. On an 18-inch pillow, the mark would be 4 '/a inches from the corner. Mark a point V4 inch in from the corner point. Draw a new corner by connecting the lines'from the side markings to the new point marking. Trim along line and use this piece as a pattern to cut rest of corners. Assemble the pillow cover by placing the front pieces on top of the back pillow piece, right sides together. Sew the button pillow front to back with a Mi-inch seam. Turn right side out, insert the pillow form, and button the opening closed. Use contrasting colors or antique buttons to accent the pillows. on the in without a trace: When pinning a pattern to fabric, pin only in the seam allowances. That way, you won't make marks that show on the finished product.. Stitching a neater hem: For fast, good-looking top-stitched hems, use a double needle to create two perfectly parallel rows. If you're sewing with knits, hand-wind "woolly" nylon onto bobbin only. That allows top-stitching to stretch slightly without breaking. Hand-winding the thread preserves its stretchy quality. HCA1E A GARL^N TELEVISION Tips and tricks gleaned from Home and Garden TV. TIM MAIN 1817 South 9lh St. Kraft Manor, Salina For Auto, Home & Life II Pays To Compare! 913-825-8234 The Screen Factory & Glass Shop SCREENS 828 N. Broadway, Sallna 825-9202 I -800-825-9202 Across From Farmers Coop Ivn.lH Skate Ubnl ATI tami -UmtickCvtalit Free Estimates Toll free 1-888-825-5280 HOOW.GrandBldg.I Salina, KS (913)825-5280 WednesdayNieht Kotow BuMel 5:00 pm-9:00 pm Chicken Parmesian, Alfredo, Lasagna, Fresh Bread ' y*;Sticks. Minestrone.&ftifygfotyfofet" Brunch Buffet llam-2pm Retired Senior Qtizens Receive $1.00 Off Sunday Brunch Buffet Breakfast Buffet $C95 7am-1 lam Maturing New Daily Me/in Monday Night - All- You-Can-Eat-Chicken 1616 W. Crawford • Salina, KS • 823-1739

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