It’s a Vintage Cluttercast Fashion Show Giveaway!

frilly bit of vitnage yellow curtainA few years ago Darryle Pollack, one of my wise older woman friends, started this thing called Cluttercasting, through which she would attempt to give new life to old items by passing them on to people who want them. Like Freecycle on a micro scale. I’m going to share a few of my, uh, fashions with you. If your interest is piqued, let me know in the comments and I’ll contact you to talk shipping arrangements offline. Tools, by the way, are not included. Which means shipping of these lightweight pieces will be free to the lucky “clutter catcher.”

Notice the flirty frilly edges!

yellow curtain skirt

pink skirt

pink skirt with purple top

And now for something really different!

 brown floral print skirt and brown top

Did something seem a bit off? No, I’m not pregnant, but I’ll start working on that diet soon, thanks. I’m pulling a Scarlett O’Hara. That is, all those skirts are vintage curtains from my house.

The frilly yellow numbers hail from our kitchen. They were made by the Croscill Curtain Company. The company changed its name slightly in the mid 1970s, so it’s possible these date back to the 1950s to go with the Buttercup Yellow St. Charles cabinets. “Virginia,” our hopeful cabinet buyer gets first dibs on these. Admittedly, they are a bit faded from their southern exposure after all these years, but they might provide a lovely scrap or embellishment for your handiwork.

Against all advice, I was determined to keep the delicate pink cotton sheers in my office, but after removing the curtain rods and mechanisms in order to patch and paint the walls, I’m less interested in drilling the holes necessary to hang them back up. I’m going to keep a bit of this unique fabric for…something or other, but I’ll still have enough to share with you.

close up of pink curtains

Fabric detail


Those floral curtains? They match the paint you guys chose for me, so I’m hanging on to them. Most likely, I’ll use the fabric for accent pillows or something and circle back around with another Cluttercast to give away the rest. Those orange flowers are reminiscent of my parents’ late 1970s bedroom wallpaper. Do they bring back any memories for you?

dining room curtain close-up

You can wear it!

You can quilt it!

You can use it to wipe up spills! (But honestly that would be a shame.)

Let me know if you have a US mailing address and would like a piece of our house’s history. That way, when 1954 calls wanting its window fashions back, I’ll just press #6 and pass the request on to you.

Leave a comment letting me know why you’d like some of this vintage fabric and what you’d do with it. Pink? Yellow? Both? Go ahead and make your plea.

Disclosure: The curtains came with the house. Does that make them “free” or wildly expensive? I was not harmed during this photo shoot, but the child who took my pictures is likely scarred for life.

6 Responses to It’s a Vintage Cluttercast Fashion Show Giveaway!
  1. RR
    October 4, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Vintage clutterist! You put words to my lifestyle! But, healthily, I don’t want your curtains!

  2. Esther
    October 4, 2011 | 9:24 am

    THIS. IS. AMAZING. you’re the best to wear old curtains since the von Trapp children!

  3. Condo Blues
    October 5, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    I would dye the yellow curtains to remove the fading and sew them into a sundress. May I have them?

  4. Cher
    October 6, 2011 | 9:52 am

    Thanks for the laugh!

  5. Cas from Angie's List
    October 6, 2011 | 11:07 am

    I agree with Esther. AMAZING. And now I’m going to have The Sound of Music stuck in my head all day.

    Adieu, Adieu, to you and you and you!

  6. Kristina
    October 14, 2011 | 10:21 am

    You crack me up! Alas, I don’t need any curtains or dresses but thanks for the smile.