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Post: #12139 Goodlife1970
Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:05 pm

Last year I started making rag rugs but soon found that the sources of fabric were running out (emptying the wardrobes of grown out of clothes and raiding friends and families wardrobes).I was chatting two a couple of elderly ladies working at the local charity shop and they told me that anything that didnt sell in the shop was sold to the "rag man" for £1 a bag and I could buy a bag or two from them for the same price.A bit of a lucky dip but we now all have a rug each,plus Ive also found lots of bits for patchwork and applique,oh and I save all the buttons for my knitting! Is this the same for other parts of the country?
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Post: #12141 Libby
Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:15 pm

I remember when the rag and bone man used to come around in his lorry!
Showing my age now.
Last one I saw shouting rag,n,bone, only wanted metal and stuff.

What materials are you interested in? I usually recycle clothes by giving them to friends and family, but sometimes I throw something if I think it,s not good enough to wear. :oops: May be ok for ragrugs though.
Let me know if you,re interested, you,re not that far away and I could meet you halfway or something.
I,d hate to throw them if you could use them.
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Post: #12144 Goodlife1970
Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:27 pm

Hi Libby,we STILL have the rag and bone man in the village! The first time I heard him shout I thought I was dreaming! Sadly he doesnt have a horse and cart. Many thanks for the offer of clothes,I use things like wool coats,sweatshirts,t-shirts and denim.Im just wondering how to meet up as I dont drive,the OH is mostly working away and out here the bus service is abysmal,1 an hour if youre lucky and you can only get to Swansea or Ammanford! Am actually thinking of getting a rickshaw just so I can take the kids to the shop!
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Post: #12145 Libby
Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:34 pm

:lol: @rickshaw

I,ll send them up with my son next time his team plays cwmtwrch :wink:

Seriously though once I have a pile worth sending, we can sort something out if you want them.
I,ll check with you when the time comes. :flower:
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Post: #12149 Goodlife1970
Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:43 pm

Thanks ever so. Thats the one thing I havent managed to do yet,go to a real rugby match! Will try to get the OH to give me a lift (the words blood and stone come to mind......)
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Post: #12199 Kfish
Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:17 am

I've found that it tends to vary from shop to shop.

My local op shop (10 mins walk away :wink: ) does 'fill a bag for $1' for the clothes that aren't in as good shape as the others.

My current obsession is making patchwork quilts from jeans, and last time I went there I got the materials for a full double bed quilt for $1! :cheers:

Other great sources are family, friends and acquaintances. Mind you, prepare for some funny looks when you ask for worn-out clothing! Most of my friends are students, so it's not too bad yet ...

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Post: #12203 Wombat
Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:59 am

Quite a few of our second hand/charity shops sell or pass on below spec clothing to sheltered workshops to be torn up into rags and then bagged and sold to industry for cleaning rags.

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Re: Rag rugs

Post: #12207 Shirley
Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:03 pm

Kfish wrote:My current obsession is making patchwork quilts from jeans, and last time I went there I got the materials for a full double bed quilt for $1! :cheers:

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Re: Rag rugs

Post: #12223 Goodlife1970
Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:27 pm

Kfish wrote:I've found that it tends to vary from shop to shop.

My local op shop (10 mins walk away :wink: ) does 'fill a bag for $1' for the clothes that aren't in as good shape as the others.

My current obsession is making patchwork quilts from jeans, and last time I went there I got the materials for a full double bed quilt for $1! :cheers:

Other great sources are family, friends and acquaintances. Mind you, prepare for some funny looks when you ask for worn-out clothing! Most of my friends are students, so it's not too bad yet ...

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Thats funny Kfish,Im just in the process of doing exactly the same thing! I made my baby son a denim rag rug for his bedroom and now Im onto a matching quilt cover for when hes ready for a bed! A case of great minds eh?
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Post: #12922 woolcraft
Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:43 pm

Another good sources could be anyone who runs old fashioned rummage or jumble sales. Contact local WI/Church events to offer to buy up unsold goods.

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Post: #12929 Goodlife1970
Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:02 pm

Thats a great idea,hadnt thought of that. We dont get many jumble sales around here,is it just where I live or is this a National trend I wonder???
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Post: #12983 Libby
Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:04 am

Church or school are usually where we get the jumble sales, check you,re local paper goodlife, they usually have them publicised.
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Post: #13058 Goodlife1970
Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:42 pm

Hi Libby, I found one! Its on Friday,will try to get there,I was beginning to think that they were out of fashion as a fund raising event but there we are! By the way if your son is playing Cwmtwrch (I assume they play at Ystradgynlais?) please feel free to come up and have a gossip! Can always PM you my address.
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Post: #13090 Libby
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:03 am

Hiya Goodlife
Good news on the jumble.
I think it will be next season before he,ll be playing there again. I don,t usually go to games in case anyone tries to hurt him. I,ll kill them :lol:
Poor kid,s only 6' 4" :wink:
I,ll check the fixtures with him and let you know.
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Post: #13544 nick
Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:39 am

Did a search while the forum was down on rag rugs. came up with rugmakers homestead that show a variety of techniques. how did you make your rug? braiding, crochet, knitting or other?


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