Sunday, June 7, 2009


Guess who's come to live at our house:
Dressmaker's dummies!

I've been thinking for a while about constructing a DIY dressmaker's dummy, but never got around to it. But at our last garage sale of the morning yesterday, at the house of a fellow Montessori mom, there these babies were!

I leapt out of the car, dragging Willow along with me and leaving Matt to get Syd, ran across the road, and put my hands on both dummies to claim them. The lady said that she had bought them off of ebay to use for photographing clothes that she, herself, wanted to sell on ebay, but that (familiar story) she'd never gotten around to it and now she was moving.

We paid $35 for the two of these (after a little haggling) and I am pleased as punch. The lady mannequin will take a few hours of work to get padded to my correct size, and the child's mannequin is still quite a bit big even for Willow, but for now I can use the both of them as displays in my craft fair booth.

In between craft fairs, I can't rule out the possibility that I will dress them up in strange outfits and pose them in my windows. Only natural, right?


Anonymous said...

OMG, OMG, OMG...I am really, really envious of your most excellent find!!! I, too, have been wanting one of those forever, and have downloaded instructions to make one myself with duct-tape (as if I will ever get to it).

Hey, if you ever seen another one at a yard sale for a bargain price, could you pretty please snag it for me and I'll tack on a $5 finder fee for you? =) Seriously!

cake said...

what a find, what a find! i needed those last week! but then again, i know you'll get a lot more use out of them then i ever would. can't think of a more deserving recipient.

julie said...

Y'all are welcome to come over and play with my new dummies anytime you want!

I'll totally find another one for you if the garage sale gods keep smiling upon me. We're also having super-good luck with coming across people selling their entire comic book collections for 25 cents a comic--pre-wedding garage sales?

Anonymous said...

I will worship you forever if you find me a dress dummy!! ;) Coool finds (my guys would love to find a good comic book deal too, although they'd just read it and not do neato crafts with it like you do). I should drag them out yard saling with me.

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