Yes, you should have been there with me. There were so many beautiful old things and a good portion of junk too. We came home with many wonderful finds.
I don't usually buy things in such poor shape as these vintage Norwegian mittens, but I really loved the colors and pattern. I also couldn't stand the thought of them perhaps being thrown away.
I bought them so I could redo them or at least use them as a source of inspiration. You see what I mean by the mittens being in poor shape? Competent hands have mended them once or twice.
The edges are not knit but some other technique which I find so pretty.
I had the textile and basket room nearly to myself the first 15 minutes. There were so many flea markets this weekend that the sharp elbows were not around and I had a much more leisurely time poking through things. Once I purchased these though I did have to reclaim them a coulpe of times when people thought perhaps they were still for sale.
I smiled and felt a little leap of joy when I found all these hand crocheted doilies as I sorted through a few large boxes of vintage linens. Since this little photo shoot in the back yard I have washed and ironed them. How nice to have more storage and more supplies!