If you follow the link above, you'll see that I've already written about my love of vintage clothes tags. Here's an item that's mostly a thing of the past, and will continue to become more rare as time moves on. So many companies are going "tagless" - it's less costly and also less itchy. :D
I got myself in "trouble" last week by innocently searching keywords on Ebay. C'mon, Ephemeraologists, 'fess up! I know you do this too! You're on Etsy or Ebay, and a word strikes you, so you have to see what's available - PLEASE don't tell me I'm the only one who does this! Anyway, this particular day I wondered what was out there in the way of tags. And once I started, I couldn't stop:
Aren't these fantastic? Most are from one seller on Ebay but I did get a few of these on Etsy as well. I love them all! They do make me a tad melancholy when I'm reminded that at one time, in the not-so-distant past, clothes were actually manufactured in North America. Imagine that! Aside from American Apparel and some micro-companies, I can't think of a single place whose clothes are all made here in the US or Canada. How sad.
Thankfully, someone had the wherewithal to hold onto these babies! I love how diverse the tags are. Those rooster ones stopped me in my tracks - I HAD to have them. Thankfully, I was the only bidder (you mean other people aren't weird like me and collecting old clothes tags?!) so they were mine for a song.
Because I've exclaimed my love for these before, you may wonder WHY I'm so obsessed again. Well, I got this idea, probably from overdosing on Pinterest (I know some of you know what I'm talking about!). If I can collage with paper, why can't I collage with fabric?
|"The Merrymakers" by Mel Kolstad|
I made this with some of my old tags, some vintage iron-on transfers for embroidery patterns, and a rubber stamp "2", which I embroidered over. :D I'm not a sewer by any stretch of the imagination, so I used fusible webbing to attach the tags. I also added a few lines of stitches to round it out. It's being framed as we speak. :D
I had a lot of fun creating this. I bought those tags in the hope of doing more, in different colors and configurations. I may even make a series out of it!
How about you, my lovely readers? Do you have any fabric tags laying around the house? If so, I hope I've inspired you to use them in a different way! And if you do create something with them, let me know!