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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Economy for the Bath

washcloth, hemmed on all four sides
not just overcast hems
new, never used


Years ago, It would never occurred to me to buy washcloths at yard sales.  That would have burst some of my preconceived notions. I must have been to yard sales with linens, but just never "saw" them. I do like nice white and pink towels and washcloths. But, the price and quality was right on this ugly gold washcloth. This gold one was more expensive than anything I ever bought new. It is very thick and has four hemmed sides, nice deep hems. This quality is usually about $8. YIKES! That hurts to even think about.

I hope to inspire you to let go of some notions and give an abandoned washcloth a chance.
 
Your turn
Will you use washcloths and towels from yard sales?


 

11 comments:

  1. Absolutely! The bulk of my bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths are second hand, saving me a fortune in the process! Most are the heavy, thick Egyptian cotton types. I usually spend $3 for bath, $2 for hand and $0.50-$1 for wash cloths. Sure beats dept store prices! For those who may cringe at the idea-what about hotel towels? aren't those used by others before you get them? I immediately launder and dry my second hand towels, and there have never been any "issues"

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    1. The hotel towel example always has protestors fumbling for a new excuse. Prices must be higher in CT than here. I buy washcloths and hand towels for a quarter only. I found kitchen linens, matching and never used, for less than a quarter since they were priced as a set.

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  2. I often buy linens from yard sales and thrift stores. Once they're washed in hot water I see no problem with using them. I was lucky to find a set of new towels, hand towels and wash cloths at an estate sale earlier this summer. They're in the guest bath now. When my daughter came to visit she commented on the lovely towels with no idea they were from an estate sale.

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    1. Granny,
      Good choices plus hot water are the key. That is funny when people comment on good, cheap finds. Would she have been horrified if she knew where they came from?

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  3. To sop up oil spills in the garage, sure.

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  4. I've never seen them at yard sales! But as long as you wash them, I can't see why it would be a terrible thing to do.

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    1. Pamela,
      In all my 40+ years of going to yard sales, I just started seeing linens. It must be that I looked over them.

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  5. I feel the same as the OP's. Washed they do just fine! The other thing I like is to find woven tablecloths to cut up for napkins. Saves me a ton! You can generally get 12-20 napkins from one I laugh all the way to the piggy bank 8-D

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    1. Katidids,
      I bought a fabric shower curtain to cut up for napkins. It is just the right weight and a nice plaid. I get a real zing out of these finds, too.

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  6. NOTING wrong with used linen or clothing - that's what a washing machine is for ;-))

    good score pp!

    cheers!

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  7. Jambaloney,
    Thanks. I rarely find used clothing to wear, but used linens are fine with me. I just dragged home three new, FREE men's shirts that are Polo and other expensive brands--all for a guy. Men's clothing is in better shape than women's clothing that I find.I thought you had a comment on another post, but cannot find it.

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