I blame it on a family addiction! It's been going on at least 3 generations in my family...it's the addiction to vintage linens!!! Really, I can' stop buying them and I almost have enough to set up a shop and my mom has more than I do!!!
Some people collect art, but we are an old linen collecting family! To us, they are "art".
I find them at flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales and eBay. I think the most I've paid is $20 for a tablecloth but I know some of them are worth so much more. That's not why I buy them though...I just love to look at them!
I used to shy away from buying any linens with stains because they were so hard to get out but now I know the secret!
It's the combination of Dawn dish soap and OxiClean (the powder). Almost all my linens are white so I use hot water and I soak them overnight if needed. If the piece is really soiled I change the water a couple times. I was told that for really delicate linens that Biz is more gentle but I haven't tried that yet. You can find more tips for caring for your vintage linens here.
I like to iron my linens with a little lavender water, especially my vintage pillowcases! I sleep on vintage pillowcases every night! Ahhh...and they smell like lavender!