One of my favorite booths at Brimfield Antique Show this weekend, besides the vendor selling vintage French ticking at an out-of-my-price-range $80/yard, was a vendor that appeared to have bought the stock of a sewing factory: it had bins of huge silk skeins, wooden racks, and wood silk bobbins.
The vendor also had a large collection of 1970s/1980s binding, ric rac, hem lace, and even stitchable reflective tape, all 3 for $1.
At another booth, which sold mostly posters and uncut vintage packaging, was a fascinating stack of 1890's fabric salesman samples from a New York City textile company. How neat would these be framed in a sewing room?
I only came across one booth selling vintage patterns - none of which were my size unfortunately. I was particularly enamored by a 1980's Vogue Christian Dior caftan. There was a second caftan pattern, on the back of which the sewer had written "Did not like this pattern AT ALL."!
My only purchase was a pair of 1940s/1950's eyeglass frames at a fabulous booth devoted solely to vintage eyewear. I have an appointment this week to have prescription lenses made - really looking forward to being able to wear them.