My first love as far as crafts go was making COLLAGES. I collected magazines from as many sources as I could. The local library had a free magazine exchange where people could bring their magazines when they were done to share with others. The collages were so much fun! I had our entire dining room table spread out with pictures, glue, cut out words and sayings, and poster board. I eventually got more pictures than collages done, so I tore pictures out of magazines and stored them in boxes for later use.
Unfortunately, people generally did not want to buy these collages. I do have some for sale on my etsy craft site. Like most of the women in my family, at least the ones that sew, I have always had a BUTTON collection. It fit into a fruit cake tin with room to spare. It seems like suddenly, I ran into all kinds of buttons at yard sales, buttons were given to me, and I found jars of them at reasonable prices at flea markets. I try to use buttons in all of my sewing work, but I still don’t seem to be making a dent in the collection. I have even made two lazy susans and many vests, both covered with buttons to use up buttons. Despite this, my button collection now needs at least five large cookie jar sized jars to hold them all. They are somewhat sorted as to color. White is white and black is black, but blue and green are sometimes tricky as are red and orange. I have found out the hard way that you have to look at buttons during the daytime in order to tell black from navy blue. This is also true of socks: I found this out the day I wore one black and once navy blue sock to work. I had dressed in the dark that day.
Is there any woman alive who owns a sewing machine who does not have a FABRIC stash? Most of my fabric I have bought at yard sales, although I have gotten much from my mom when she was clearing out her stash. Needless to say, there is also lots of vintage fabric. In order to be vintage according to etsy, it must be at least 20 years old. I love making pillows with my stash. I also liked making garlands and table runners out of many fabrics from my stash. I plan to make more stuffed animals with the modern stash and fabric bags, with an emphasis on grocery tote bags, with the modern and vintage stash. Did I mention all the ribbon, lace, and other embellishments that I have gotten at yard sales?