I was really bummed when I got the postcard this year for my local Salvation Army Fabric Fair and saw it was the same dates as our trip to Florida. I look forward to the fair so much each year that I have been known to not only have trouble sleeping the night before, but to have weird fabric fair dreams. So coming back from Florida and still feeling bummed that I missed it I thought I would do some google searching to see if there might be another close by. I knew there was a sale in Pittsburg (I went one year, but its a 3 hour hike and it was in April), there is a small one in Carlisle PA but that is usually held in the fall, and I knew of one in Portland Maine (looks like they hold theirs in May). It took awhile of me searching but I was so excited when I stumbled upon a postcard announcing a fabric fair in York PA, which is only about an hour drive for us. Yesterday Tom, B, and I woke up early and set out for York. Oh and true to form I had dreams the night before that we showed up late and there was barely anything left to look through. The guys were so very patient leaving me to shop, but then coming back once I had a filled bag so they could go pay for it while I continued to look with free hands.
All the sales I’ve been too are generally set up the same way. There are tables with fabric divided into cottons, wools, silks, etc. Then there is usually a section with small scrap cuts of fabric bagged in little bundles.
Now besides fabric you can find a million other craft supplies, patterns, books, yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machines, and any other sewing notion you can think of. This sale had boxes set up in a craft area that you had to dig through to see what treasure might be inside. I didn’t end up finding too much fabric I liked, but got a few smaller pieces. I did get some pretty buttons, dolls, cute embroidered animals, doll eyes, and I’ve taken a few photos to show you what I bought.
I also took a few phone photos when I was at the sale, but at times it was a crowded hot jumble so the photos are not the best.
If you want to see some of my previous fabric fair experiences you can find them all here:
–another from 2012
–and another 2012
–and a photo from 2007
-3 photos from 2006 here
, and here
though I think 2005 was my first year attending I couldn’t find any photos from it.
This weekend we decided it was warm enough to finally go letterboxing. I know I’ve posted about it in the past, but for anyone unfamiliar Letterboxing is growing hobby that combines elements of hiking, treasure hunting and creative expression into an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues that are posted on the Internet, and then record their discovery in their personal journal with the help of a rubber stamp that’s part of the letterbox. In addition, letterboxers have their own personal stamps which they use to stamp into the letterbox’s log book.
We had a birthday party to attend in the afternoon so we decided to stay in our town. The first stamp was in a park that is only a couple of years old, very open with only a few small trees and so it was very cold when the wind blew. The second letterbox was in another much older park in the woods and it was much nicer to hike & hunt for with the trees as a barrier from the wind. Below are a few helpful websites should you like to get started.
A few days ago when I drove Kurtis to the bus station in Harrisburg I decided to make a few stops to break up the drive home. Harrisburg is only about an hour from us, but I knew the PA Fabric Outlet
was on my way home and this time I actually had enough time to make a stop there. Its technically right outside of Harrisburg in Lemoyne PA, but very easy to find. Its a cool old factory building and besides discontinued quilting fabric they have so many buttons, trims, and specialty fabrics to choose from.
Then a bit closer to home I stopped in at The Mannings
for some yarn. This is a yarn, spinning, and weaving place. Really big shop with so much to choose from.