Happy Belated Labor Day!
Philadelphia is not too far for us. It is a perfect combination of a walkable city with interesting sites and GREAT food.
We started off our trip walking around the historical section of the city:
I loved walking around Independence Mall. The area was so picturesque with its cobblestone streets.
I half-expected Nicholas Cage to come tearing around the corner any minute, all National Treasure style.
Any crafter/decorator/seamstress should know about these few blocks of Philadelphia. (off South St near 4th and Bainbridge)
Whenever we visit downtown Philly (which is a couple of times a year) I try to make a pilgrimage to this corner of the city.
So many stores with tons of fabric. Bins of discounted stuff outside, too.
And the unexpected.
|Check out those arms.|
I needed to be patient and willing to poke through stacks of fabric to find something I liked.
I was pretty happy with my finds. I rarely have much luck with “vintage” fabrics. Usually they are too fussy or expensive for my taste.
But, lo and behold, two of the three fabrics I found this weekend were circa 1940’s or 50’s. (Do I know for sure? No. I’m a total sucker whenever someone calls an item ‘vintage’.) The ruffled blue fabric was not vintage. But as soon as I saw it, I had to have it. That’s the dangerous fun part about making purses and home dec projects. I can buy a yard here and a yard there of all kinds of great fabric. I still don’t know what I will make with these.
I found rolls of 100 yards of ribbon for…. $5.95 a piece!!! I can always use pink ribbon and I loved this burnt orange ribbon. Wish I picked up more at that price!
Mr. Madigan grabbed a beer and watched a little football at a nearby watering hole. Mr. Madigan was a good sport while I got my fabric fix.
After Fabric Row, we walked around the city and did a little more shopping. I drooled over these pillows at West Elm.
Ah, and how could I forget the food? Mr. Madigan and I enjoyed a couple of great meals. And we still had time to grab a drink and a snack at one of our favorite bars.
Our short trip ended with breakfast at the Reading Terminal.
Hope you had a great weekend, too!