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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Went Junkin! Vintage Wooden Thread Spools

Did you ever see something and while you don't have any idea what you'll do with it, you just know you should pick it up? That's how I ended up with 49 Vintage Wooden Thread Spools:@) I saw two bags of them at Goodwill marked 97¢. Most of them are a little over 1" tall but there are several sizes and a few interesting shapes. None of them have thread.

 I took a picture of some of the more colorful ones...
 When I was a kid my Grandpop would hammer 4 nails into a spool and I would "knit" a long tube shape with yarn... 
I do know I'll do that with one of them:@)  What would you do with them, any ideas?
 Have a happy day!

23 comments:

  1. well, i think i destroyed my comment.

    (i see barbie getting a lot of scarves from that 'knitter')

    i think you could assemble them into a neat wreath - or maybe garland. or make vintage tree ornaments from them.

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  2. I saw an adorable wreath for a sewing room made from these on Pintrest. This is an interesting find!

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  3. For now you just store them in pretty mason jars in the craft area! They are so neat all by themselves.
    Ann

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  4. That is an amazing haul of spools! So many folks are into spoolies, but I like the idea of a wreath or in a jar.

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  5. Love them all...I would not have been able to pass them up either.
    If I had them, I might use a few as 'hooks' for aprons or dish towels by putting a nail in the wall with a large-ish head and slide the spool on it. Then I could admire the decorative ends. xo

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  6. That happens to me all the time.....I'm always buying something that speaks to me even though I don't have any idea what I will do with it when I buy it! I love your finds and would have bought those in a heartbeat! I've seen several used as art...shaped in the form of a heart. I'm sure you'll come up with something fabulous!
    Jane

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  7. Build a castle for the kids.
    Merle ............

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  8. I think they would be pretty displayed on a thread stand. I think you can find those in most stores. Love them!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  9. Lynn, these would have come home with me too. I like them just as they are, so I'd fill a bowl or jar and just enjoy their beauty.
    A side note to our recent exchange……..it ended up being a rainy day again. No more blue skies and sunshine.

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  10. what a fun find! I love Goodwill, you just never know what will show up!

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  11. I've been wanting to find enough that I could make one of the spool wreaths like I've seen on Pinterest. Might want to give it a try. What a great haul!

    Judy

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  12. I could come up with dozens of ideas, but until you decide, here is a beautiful way to enjoy them
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/528821181214933074/
    There is no way ou could pass up that deal. They would not be there if you went back for them.

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  13. I {heart} spools and have been crafting with spools over the past couple of years on the blog. Everything looks better on a spool pedestal. Enjoy!

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  14. Those are simply beautiful, but I'm not so crafty to know what to do with them. I remember knitting with spools too- so much fun! :)

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  15. Gosh, aren't those a great find? Right off I thought they'd make neat pulls on a sewing chest or nice feet on a sewing box. I'd also love them in a glass apothecary jar because I have some with thread on them in one and it looks pretty. I'm sure you'll find a great use for them.

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  16. Lots of good ideas. I saw a clear ginger jar lamp filled with wooden spools - very clever. For christmas this year my son-in-law got me an ornament made with a wooden spool some fabric and ribbon wrapped around where the thread would be - beads on both ends and a loop for hanging on the tree. I showed it on my blog. Very simple and very clever idea.

    I can't believe that price - those would have been 5.00 a bag at our Goodwill - great bargain. Have fun.

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  17. Google crafts with wooden thread spools and you will find many ideas.

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  18. What a find Lynn. Several people mentioned a wreath. I bet you could make a very pretty one.
    Sam

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  19. Lynn, these are so cute. I would do a wreath. Saw one on etsy and fell in love with it!

    xoxoxox

    Sheila

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  20. I love these old spools. You got quite a bargain.
    Lillian

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  21. What a fun find! I don't know if you are a MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl but the December Sister Issue (online only) showed message signs made with old spools. They decorated the spools with ribbon and lace and put a curlicue wire coming up from the top that held individual letters. It would be cute for Valentine's Day, for example 'LOVE'. Here is how the wire would look.
    http://www.displays2go.com/P-11685/Note-Holders-with-a-Wire-Heart-Shaped-Coil

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  22. What a fun haul Lynn! I would have no idea what to do with them but I'd be tempted to pick up a bag too if I saw them. I have a bird house that has old wooden spools painted white and stacked for columns, it would be a shame to paint these though :)

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