Wednesday, 15 July 2009

My Anchor thread drawers

I'd been looking at these haberdashers' counter cotton thread display drawers for ages on e-bay but they always seemed to be really expensive and were empty.

I found this at an antiques fair and intially screwed my nose up at it as it was a bit stained and worn. The label on the side was still crisp and I pulled at the drawer to make sure it still slid in and out easily as I intended to use it.

When I opened the top drawer there were several threads on their wooden bobbins so I tried the other two hoping...

Imagine my delight when I found both drawers full of threads!!

All these lovely rainbow colours - rose reds, hyacinth blues, primrose yellows, pansy purples, carnation pinks and emerald greens but what's missing?

There were no whites, blacks, browns and navys! I think they must have been kept in the top drawer as the best sellers.

Anyway, considering a reel of cotton is now almost £2 and there are over 70 in the drawers I consider it was £30 well spent.(It was my birthday money!) I should never need to buy thead again!

Love Wend


  1. What a bargain, lucky you! I got loads of threads years ago at a knock down price because a shop was shutting down. I then saw an old shop fixture in a local junk store and had months waiting and biting my nails watching the price come down. I got it and love it and have even had to buy more thread!! x

  2. i love to buy other peoples sewing boxes, its only right they get a new home to go to where they'll be as loved as before. that was a brillant find,
    isn't haberdashery just about the best word ever?

  3. What a lovely find! I think the old threads are so much better quality than the ones you can buy today, don't you? Rebecca x

  4. Oh my goodness, what an amazing REALLY well spent!

  5. Oh, oh, oh!!!! You lucky, lucky, girl!!!!
    Sue x

  6. What a wonderful buy. Definitely worth every penny of your £30 and the shabbiness is all part of its charm. Enjoy :-)