Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Afghan- Are you kidding me?

So I made my weekly trip to Goodwill yesterday, I could actually go every day if time allowed. While pilfering through the linens, I saw this afghan.  It scored points with me right away. #1- it was neutral, not a crazy mix match of colors, #2- the pattern was nice with long fringe on the ends, and #3- it was spotless.



  Ok, let me find the tag.  Sometimes GW overprices, sometimes not.  There's the little tag in the midst of the crocheted loops, kind of hidden.  You must be joking. $2.42? 


It almost made me cry.  Not because it was such a good deal (well kinda) but because of all the hard work and hours some kind soul put into making the thing and now here it is hanging among tattered and torn linens on a plastic hanger in GW. I remembered the countless hours my own grandmother spent making afghans.  As a kid, I thought she was a genius for making something so grand out of a spool of yarn.  I could sit and watch her crochet for hours. She has been on my mind a lot lately. I miss her so.
This afghan was probably either given or ineherited by a family member who saw no value in it.  Did I need the afghan?  Maybe not, but it went into my cart about as fast as I could jerk it off the rack.  It needed saving from that ridiculous price!
Here's a nice comfy chair for you, little afghan.  I think we'll enjoy having you around.

Since this little afghan will bring us much pleasure, I'm linking up to Simple Pleasures over at Dayle's A Collection of This and That.

24 comments:

The Inspired Nest said...

I would have snatched it up too! Not only did someone put such effort (and probably love) into it, but it is neutral, warm, functional and your family will use it forever! Great find! It made me nostalgic for my ugly multi-colored blankets my grandparents had!
Lacy

Wendy said...

I'm so glad you bought it. It's beautiful

Cindy said...

That is a great price for such loveliness! I admire anyone who can crochet something that large. I tried to crochet a dishcloth for goodness sakes and couldn't even do that. But I love those crocheted afghans, too, so I get them at GW or VV instead of making them.
Your home looks very cozy, when will you show us more?
Love and hugs, Cindy

Janean said...

now ms afghan has a loving home (and such a bargain). double yay!

Julie Harward said...

Everyone needs an afghan or two or three..I love them to cuddle up in as the weather turns cold and it has..20 degrees here last night! You sure lucked out with that one! :D

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is so pretty, Tammy! $2.42? Unbelievable, but it got you to bring it home. : ) It looks like it belongs draped on that chair. What a great spot to snuggle up and read a book in!

Diann said...

Hi Tammy!

OMG! That is such a perfect afghan! And the price, good grief! I am the same way, I find these beautiful handmade items and see them in a thrift store for a couple of dollars and my heart just melts. I think maybe growing up with a grandma and a great grandma that worked so hard on these types of items to give as gifts to us, it tugs at my heart when I see them out thrifting. And of course, a few always comes home with me!

I hope all is well with you and your family! Have a great day!

Anita said...

I was impressed with its looks and the $2.42 price tag. But when I saw how you draped it over the chair and how it looks, I said, "Wow!"

I, too, am glad you saved it, and have given it more life.

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Oh Tammy, it's gorgeous!! You are a very lucky shopper.

kristin said...

awww I love this story! I love that you made a great story to go with it.

June said...

You are so me!!! I want to cry when I see beautiful handiwork discarded by (probably)family, who don't put the value on it as they should. But their loss is own gain. You really scored on this one!
Thank you so much for coming by with your sweet message. It always makes my day when folks let me know they enjoy my rambling and photos!!!
Your blog is so lovely!
hugs to you...

Dayle said...

What a gorgeous afghan! My mother has made a many, and they're all beautiful. My twin is an expert crocheter of afghans, as well, and even I have made a couple of afghans in my lifetime. It is a lot of work, but still relaxing to do. I can't believe the price of yours. That's both wonderful and sad. You've given it a great home. I enjoy keeping afghans and throws on my furniture for those nap times. ;)

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

It's so pretty and does remind me of those afghans made by such a thoughtful and loving grandmother. Hmm...I think I need to go visit the GW here in my town.

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a beautiful afghan. I've never seen one with such a lovely pattern in a neutral color like that. Absolutely gorgeous. And who could pass up something so wonderful with that price tag. Fantastic! Best wishes,(another) Tammy

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

What a lovely afghan and you got a steal, but I feel the same as you, some poor soul spent hours and hours of labor and love, and it saddens me to see people rid themselves of such treasures. But it's home at last. :)

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Cindy

Dayle said...

YAY! I'm so glad you linked up, Tammy. It's a perfect Simple Pleasures post. Hope to see you often.

Bella said...

It's beautiful! I would have snatched it up, too. How wonderful that it now belongs to someone who can appreciate it. I'm visiting from the Simple Pleasures party. Stop by if you get a chance.

Evelyn S. said...

How wonderful that you saved that beautiful piece!

Debbie said...

This post is so wonderful and truthful that it made me want to cry. You're SO RIGHT about the hours that must have gone into to to be thrown away like it wasn't of value at all.

I'm so glad it found a home with you!

Trish said...

What a beautiful find! It looks soft and comforting and so lovely on your chair :-) blessings..Trish

Kathleen said...

What a bargain! It's beautiful, I would've bought it too. Just stopping by from Dayle's Simple Pleasures. Kathleen.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I think like that too. When I go to an estate sale I always wonder...whose things were these and what happened to them....I always feel a little sad.

I have told my boys to just take what they want...give my friends their pick and donate the rest...

I would like a little bio at estate sales....just so I would know...lol

Lou Cinda :)

Kay K said...

Just getting around to reading some of the simple pleasures
Love your pleasure ...brings back memories of my grandmother as she always made them

Cincy said...

I love goodwill!!! And I keep looking at the lines section to find a nice, neutral blanket or throw. Great find!