Minnesota is way better than New England for thrift store shopping. I missed having so many thrift stores with so many "oldies but goodies" in them. When at a Goodwill/Salvation Army-type store the other day, I spotted a beautiful quilt that looked like it had been well loved in its time. I thought for sure that it would be a steal since it was at the thrift store and most people undervalue things like quilting. I am not sure what monetary value to put on quilting or knitting and it seems I am not the only one, as it has frequently been the subject of heated debate in the knitting community.
Anyway, back to the point. I thought for sure I was going to be taking home a new/old quilt for twenty or so bucks. Yikes! Was I wrong! Someone there DOES value quilting:
Before you get all up in arms about how this price is still a great deal, let me give you some perspective on the pricing in this shop. The couches were $40 or less. Most kitchen items were marked in the 29 cents to $2.99 range. I bought a huge handmade ceramic pot with a lid for $7.99. This quilt was undoubtedly the most expensive thing in the shop. It amuses me to imagine the person who must have placed that price on it. I am imagining that it was a woman who is familiar with the labor involved in making a quilt and I think she must have spent a good amount of time marvelling at it before she affixed that tag. I am also guessing that she considered stuffing it in her coat and sneaking it out the door at the end of her shift!