Friday, February 10, 2012

My Vintage Grain Sack ~ Collection

Over the last 2 years I have grown to have a bit of a thing for vintage grain sacks.
I'm not exactly sure what started it all.
There is just something about them that I really love.

Here in the heart of Iowa farmland,
 I come across them from time to time at my junking stops.
I can never seem to resist when I see them.
Normally I don't find several at once.
It's just the occasional 1 or 2 here & there, but they always seem to come home with me.

It seems kind of silly sometimes.
Because, to be totally honest, I don't even hardly use them in my decor.
I have never really been one to collect anything.
I realized my little grain sack obsession stash has become a little collection.

I've made some pillows with them in the past to sell at Dwellings.
I even peddled my wares on the street corners once for LeClaire's Market Days.
You can see them here.
Lately, I have been thinking of making more pillows.
What do you think?
I am even considering starting an Etsy shop.
(The only thing for now is, our home renovation has to come first.)
It may not be perfect timing for an Etsy shop just yet.
They would also be a great addition to the booth at Junk Asylum
 that I am sharing with my friend Cathy.
This option would be a little more flexible with my hectic schedule, for now.

Do any of you have an Etsy shop?
How demanding is it?
What are your thoughts?
I would love to hear your words of wisdom!

Do you like vintage grain sacks?
Do you have any collections you are a bit obsessed with?
I would love to hear about them.

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. I love vintage grainsacks. No I don't have an Etsy shop but I think it would be a great idea for you once you get settled in your home.

    I have a grainsack table runner and pillow so far.
    I think pillows would be a great idea for your sacks.

  2. Lucky you! I would kill for this collection! I would love for you to link up to my party:

    Hope to see you there!!

  3. Grain sacks aren't a big phenomenom in the UK like in the US, so it's great to see your gorgeous collection. You should definately make them up and sell on etsy. I don't know anything about it but have seen detailed posts on The Shabby Creek Cottage to help etsy sellers.
    Congrats on selling your house and good luck with your new home. x

  4. I love your collection and if you can bear to part with them I think turning them into pillow covers and opening an Etsy shop is a great idea. I have an Etsy shop and it does keep me really busy as I work full time and have two children but if you manage your time well it's a great way to make an extra income and pays for all our holidays. If there are times when you are overwhelmed with orders of you need a break to concentrate on your renovations you can always put your shop on vacation and reopen when you are ready.
    I adore grain sacks so if you decide to open a shop let me know as I'd love one!
    Good luck x

  5. Love them all and you have a great selection. You could sell them as is on Etsy, you wouldn't even have to turn the into anything:)

  6. Love the grain sacks! There are so many great things you could do with them!

  7. Grain sacks are charming ...especially when they are soft.

  8. you could certainly sell them as is. I've used them in re-upholstery.

  9. Oh, these are really fun/pretty. Did you see the post we had a little while ago about making a messenger bag with a grainsack, and another one about making an Easter bunny out of a jute bag and a third one about making a bedroom rug / mat from an old grain sack. So.... You have gold on your hands, gal, sheer gold!

  10. I love your vintage grainsacks & would so be interested in purchasing some if you ever choose to part with some of your collection! :)


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