A Box Full of Aprons

Last month while shopping at an estate sale in Tallapoosa, Georgia, I came across a storage box tucked away underneath a table in the carport. I carefully pulled it out and was quite pleased to find that it was stuffed full of vintage aprons. Twenty seven aprons to be exact. I quickly tracked down Steve Lott, owner of Lott’s Treasures, who was running the sale, and immediately negotiated a great deal. I was very excited to get the aprons for twenty dollars, that’s less than a dollar each. Now I actually had to throw out a few because they were damaged or stained beyond repair, but I was able to salvage more than twenty of them.

Based on the colors, patterns, and embroidery/needlepoint styles, I would guess that many of these were from the forties and fifties. I finally got them washed and ironed over the last week and will be placing them in my booth soon.

There was such an interesting variety of fabric, styles, and patterns. Here are some of my favorites.

These  patchwork quilts were amazing. Someone spent a lot of time making them.

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Even the pocket has some great details.

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A lot of the aprons had cross stitching on them. From roosters to Christmas trees, there was quite a variety.

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There were a couple of full length ones.

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This full length one had beautiful appliques, as well as some gorgeous needlework.

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Lots of creativity went into making some of these aprons.

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Here are some cute details.

Pocket applique.

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Embellished pocket.

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Pretty flower detail.

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This one is actually quite pretty but its pale yellow shade did not photograph well.

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I’ve already given this apron to a good friend of mine and she loves it. I will probably keep a couple and then sell the rest. I actually use my aprons, especially when I am baking. Do you wear aprons?

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Comments

  1. I love aprons and went crazy buying on ebay a few years ago. Now I have a big box of aprons, just like you. What to do with them,,,,what to do. Any ideas????

  2. I wear aprons when I remember… I need to remember more often. What great aprons. I made a bunch of them a couple of years ago and gave them as Christmas gifts… even to the guys.

    I love how you made the all different…. with their own personalities. Very fun!!

  3. Thanks for showing your aprons! What a great find. The floral appliqued one reminded me of my mom making something they called “Hostess Aprons”. Women wore them when they had guests and served food to them. To make extra money, Mom made beautiful, ruffled aprons out of fancy organdy fabric. Then, she appliqued flowers cut out of fabric on the aprons. They each had a pocket with another flower appliqued on it. Restaurants started buying these for their servers. Mom was thrilled.

  4. Cynthia says:

    These are great aprons! I do have a couple and wear them if I am wearing “good” clothes. Always have to remind my guy that he should wear one while cooking; he’s always spilling something – lol!

  5. I love the full blue and white one. The patchwork ones are nice, too. WOW! You are the negotiator! Good for you!

  6. What a great find, Kathy–they are darling, each and everyone of them. Thanks so much for sharing your apron “collection” with us at Vintage Charm!

  7. anne rohr says:

    I particually love the featured patchwork one. Hmmmm, I think you gave me the best one. Great find. You and I would have had to arm wrestle for that box if I was with you.

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