December 16, 2012

Score du Jour

One of the things I love about “poking around” thrift and junk shops is that it’s always a treasure hunt. You might spot the piece that everyone else has overlooked, walked right by, picked up and put back down. If you’ve been reading Pigtown*Design for any length of time, you know that I spot treasures on a somewhat regular basis.There’s a thrift shop that I check out every so often, mainly to search for screw-back earrings for my mother, and when I was there the other day, I spotted a roll of fabric standing in the corner. I am sure that dozens of people had seen it, and maybe a few had even checked out the fabric’s print, but no one had bought it.Until I showed up, checked the selvedge and plunked down some bills. I walked out and down the street back to my car, carrying the bolt of fabric over my shoulder, hoping not to make any sudden moves and hit someone in the head with the end of the bolt.On the way home, I contemplated what I could do with this gorgeous piece of fabric, which actually measures about five yards. Some pillows? Curtains for the spare bedroom? A duvet cover for my bed? I am still thinking about ideas. Regardless of what I do with it, I know I got an amazing deal on some yardage of an extraordinary fabric!  It’s Scalamandré’s La Dame Aux Camelias, in linen/cotton with 20 hand-screened colours. This colourway is Imari on Black, which is the one I would have chosen regardless of where it came from!They don’t call me the Junque Whisperer for nothing!

To make the the day even better, I got to have coffee with this little gal and her mother!


  1. I love this - I love that you found this beautiful fabric in a junk shop!!!!

    Wish my junk shop had such treasures.

    1. C&C... I am sure your junk shops have a whole different range of treasures!

  2. La Dame Aux Camelias! Said it out loud....even sounds divine!! 5 yards of gorgeousness....great find!!
    Happy Holidays, Meg!

  3. I'd be tempted to just put it up on the wall as it is, like a mural! It's gorgeous!

  4. Score. Again.

    Kind of like the lottery, gotta play to win, right?

    xo jane

  5. When you score, you really score! I would have grabbed it too! Congrats on your wonderful find!

  6. I am sooooooooooooooo jealous. That fabric is gorgeous. The minute I saw the first photo I was in heaven. Yes, you scored!!
    Have a super week. I'm moving the shop up the street this week; so wish me luck. Tomorrow the antique French boiserie gets installed. And then it's pack up and go.
    Be well.

  7. What an amazing find!I agree with Loi, it sounds terrific rolling off your tongue. You go girl.

  8. OMG -- that fabric is gorgeous! I was already guessing Scalamandre by the time I got to the third photo. They do have the most exquisite printed fabrics, AND the most outrageous prices. I just logged into my Scalamandre account to look up the price -- your thrift store score retails for $359 PER YARD. Unless you paid $1,800 for the remnant, you got a GREAT deal. Congratulations!

  9. oh thats really pretty -i love it on the black background!

  10. Wow!! Do you find treasures. That fabric would be suitable for most anything you decide to do with it. A whole bolt is just amazing. Can't wait to hear what you decide to do.

  11. Meg of coarse it is Scalamandre! 5 yards, heaven! I love La Dame Aux Camelias. Let us know what you decide to make!

    Love & Hugs,
    Art by Karena
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