Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Betty--My Favorite Thrift Store Find


Meet Betty--she keeps me company in my sewing room and is my best ever thrift store find!
I remember the day I found Betty. I was shopping at my favorite thrift store with my two daughters and we had just finished our rounds, arms full and heading to the register, when what did I spy! An antique dress form! I have wanted one of these for as long as I can remember, so I dashed ever so gracefully, so as not to make a spectacle of myself yet quickly enough to knock anyone out of my way that had the same thoughts as I did. I got there in the nick of time with two daughters close behind, one rolling her eyeballs at me--as usual--I quickly check out the price tag-- $50! I couldn’t believe it! A bargain! This same store had newer vintage styled dress forms for twice that. Quickly I roll Betty up to the cash register as I’m jumping up and down and dancing with glee--inside of course where no one else can detect my joy or they might think me crazy. I pay for her and my other treasures of the day and quickly put her in the backseat of the car, squishing daughter number 2 who has to share the back seat with all the treasure haul and we drive away home before they realize what a bargain I got!
I placed Betty in a spot of honor--the large open doorway of my sewing room which opened into the entry way of the house. This way everyone could see her as they entered our home. The husband comes home walks right past her and never said a word. It was nearly a week before he even noticed! Men! Later Betty was moved to our bedroom and sat in a corner near the husband’s side of the bed where she skeered the pee waddin’ out of him every night.



Betty is now back in my new sewing room. Here she is with her sewing outfit on……


And here she is in her fancy finery………



I think for her next outfit she will wear a pair of large glittered wings and a tiara.

Do any of you have a dress form that you dress up or decorate? If so please send me pictures at hazelruthe@gmail.com and I’ll post them here for all to see. We’ll have a fashion show of dress forms.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy...I am so happy to meet your friend Betty...It's funny..I have always wanted one of these to but I don't think I have ever seen one other then at the stores like JoAnns or Hancock fabrics...I could never sew anything that would go on it but it would be fun to own...I like what she has on now..Do you dress her as Mrs. Santa at Christmas time? I love your blog and have gotten lost in it...So much to do and see..Great job...Hugs Jean

Anonymous said...

I love your Betty...the perfect sewing companion. I'm sure she was so happy to leave the shop and find a new home where she could settle right in and get comfortable. Cherie

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy!
I hope to find me a Mz Betty someday also! Your blog is as wonderful as yopu my friend!
HUGS~Judy

PrimCreek said...

Miss Betty is the perfect sewing friend! She doesn't mess with your stuff and she doesn't criticize. What a wonderful find you have!! Please post more pics when you change her outfit.

Terri

Sandy said...

I also have a dress form that I dress up. Her name is Hannah & she's just like a giant DOLL. Right now she is wearing her 50's pink prom dress.