See, I had a paradigm shift that maybe cotton that was fifty years old (or older) would hold up better than most cotton of today. Don't know if it's true. But I'm testing it out, all right! So I will be reviewing these sheets over the coming weeks and months. There are a lot of brands and a lot of models. One key thing I want to share with you is that
|Muslin sheets |
can be cool and crisp, too.
Now I can look for percale AND muslin, I thought. So I did. I found all my crisp vintage sheets on eBay. I did have to do a bit of hunting - well, hours and hours of it - to eliminate the used stock, the no-iron stuff, the blends. But I found them. Stuff like this retro crisp vintage cotton muslin sheet, which I barely managed to resist buying, only because I HAVE TO STOP!
If that link's outdated, try this preset search for muslin vintage sheets (and I'll try to keep this search or an updated current auction for a crisp vintage sheet of some size or other right here in this post always, though because of my unreliable health, I can't swear to perfect efficiency.)
In the interests of full disclosure, one of the ways I make my living as a writer is by being an affiliate for eBay, meaning when I link to the site, I get a small commission on the link. (If that makes you uncomfortable, please know you can go there directly and not from my links so you won't gain me a commission!)
Anyway, I don't promote eBay all that much because for a long time now, I've done most of my shopping elsewhere. But since this wave - or maybe I should call it a storm as I sort of cut through the vendors' 100% cotton percale sheets supplies rather ruthlessly - I've started to think that this blog - the one I think of as my wistful blog - is the perfect place to share my vintage finds.
If there is enough interest, I will continue to hunt down specific sheet and pillowcases from the era of quality cotton bedding spanning the 1930s through to the seventies. I'll share those finds here and provide advice on choosing vintage sheets from eBay, Etsy, estate sales, rummage sales, all those places. Since this is all I've been researching for the last couple of weeks, already I have learned a bunch of things about vintage sheets. I'm going to share my tips in future posts - super excited about that! - but here are a few right now:
- True vintage cotton percale and muslin sheets back in the non-resin-treated age won't come in sizes larger than a double. (The people back then used to sew twin sizes together for King-size sheets.) If you see supposedly "vintage" sets that have flat and bottom fitted sheets in the same package, or that are larger than a double, you may not be going back far enough in time. Also, of course, if you're looking for king sized or true queen sized sheets, you'll have to hunt down more modern stuff.
- If the listing doesn't already specify, find out by using the Ask a Question module the storage conditions of the sheets. Some have musty smells, smoky smells, spots, open packaging, animal dander, etc. These are all deal-breakers for us. Many of the sheets have a storage scent, though, that comes out in the wash - to our great relief, as we are so scent-sensitive we have littered our house with air purifiers. Storage scent is almost inevitable, though sometimes you'll find one without even a trace of mothballs/perfume/cedar.
- Beware of bargains marked "linen." Some sellers will put the word "linen" in the title of their advertisement, claiming they meant it as "bed linens" only, a practice I have come to hate. I have been misdirected more than once, thinking i was going for the gold of the gold, actual flax linen bedding. Learn from my mistake!
I do hope you find what you're looking for!