Hello again dear readers!
Today I have a fantastic find to share with you all!
A few weeks ago, a nearby town was having a massive yard sale, and as me and my family happened to be out and about, we decided to stop by and see if any treasures could be found. We found quite a few bargains, among them being my finds of: YARDS of twill tape ($1.00), a sketchbook, still in packaging ($1.00), two be-a-utiful embroidered linen (I’m pretty certain they’re linen, at least) napkins ($1.00). But the best find of the day was this:
Vintage fabric! And from J.C. Penney’s to boot! When I saw the price tag, and the fact that it was dotted swiss, I just had to buy it. Who’s gonna argue with 50 cents for over a yard of (vintage) fabric? Not I! And especially since I was paying less than the remnant was originally bought for (66 cents). Amazing, no? But wait, it gets better.
I, being the super sleuth that I am, with an insatiable curiosity to find out when my fabric was manufactured and bought, set out to find the date of my find.
The first question to ask was: “When on earth did J.C. Penney’s sell fabric?!?!?”
I knew from previous research that most department stores back in the day sold EV-ER-Y-THING! From fabric to screwdrivers, linoleum to clothing. So it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see that the fabric was from J.C. Penney’s.
My first step was to research the logo. Nothing, not a picture nor clue. The only record of a consistent J.C. Penney’s label begins in 1963, and it looks nothing like the label on my remnant packaging.
Next step… google search when J.C. Penney’s sold fabric.
This step was a bit more successful than the last search though the consensus, according to this forum, varies widely as to when J.C. Penney’s stopped selling fabric. They at the earliest, stopped selling fabric in the early 60’s, and the latest the early 80’s.
Judging by the previous searches results, I knew that my fabric was at least pre 1963, based on the evidence of the logo, and when they stopped selling fabric.
I was alright with letting up the search at that point, until Mom asked me to unfold the fabric so we could see it in all it’s glory. It was then that I spotted there, in the corner of the fabric, some extremely faded (which unfortunately didn’t show up in the photos we took) lettering that I just made out to say VELVERAY. Of course I was on the trail immediately! And I found this! It turns out that velveray was:
What should I make with it?