Sadly though, much of what I find in op shops turns out to be the worst kind of 80s patterns, and garish, slippery, nightmare-to-sew manmade fabrics. Sometimes I'm tempted to buy it just because, yay, I found something! But if it's so objectionable that the first owner never wound up using it, why would I?
All this led me to pay a visit to the North Melbourne Market a few weeks ago. It's run by Thread Den, a local business who run sewing classes and such. My sleuth voice told me that, given its sewing connection, this market MUST be the place to find vintage yardage!!
Most of the stalls were showcasing finished clothes and accessories - all cute, for sure, but I needed the pure, unadulterated goods. Then, tucked upstairs in the furthest corner of the labyrinthine venue, I found these babies: