Shhhh, don’t tell, but I have a confession to make. Sometimes I fake it.
Do you love the look of vintage European grain sacks as much as I do?
Have you ever priced them? I still remember the first time I saw them for sale at Oronoco Gold Rush. The woman had a booth with stacks and stacks of them. I casually strolled over to take a look. Not a price tag in sight. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes not. In this case, not. I asked how much and tried not to show how excited I was. “Well, they start at $100 and go UP from there.”
That was when I just as casually said “oh, well they sure are lovely” and slowly backed away from the grain sacks.
I have since priced them on Etsy, and at other sales, and this seems to be the going rate. Oftentimes even much higher.
This is the point where I tell you that I am usually a cheapskate. Not always. If I see something that I absolutely cannot live without, I will spend more for it if I have to, but for the most part, I’m looking for bargains.
And when I can’t find what I want at a reasonable price, then I just fake it.
Last summer I picked up a plain grain sack at a garage sale being held by a lovely elderly woman. She kindly noted on the tag that it had been ‘repaired’. I’m quite certain that she considered this a negative quality, but I only loved it more for its flaws. Price: $3.
I got out the tools of the trade, some Martha craft paint, a stencil brush, and my favorite stencil.
And I made my own ‘faux’ European grain sack for far, far less than $100.
What do you think?
Stay tuned to find out what I’m going to do with my faux grain sack!