Buy Crisp Sheets

Okay, I've finally gathered together a few sources for crisp, cotton sheets, grandma-style. It wasn't easy - it's amazing how much sateen there is around these days!  I'm building this list continually, so check back often.


Gramercy Park Percale Bedding at Amazon.com
The Gramercy Park Percale Cotton Sheet Set is 300 thread count 100% cotton. This set of crisp cotton percale sheets comes in sizes full, king and queen, and in many different color combinations.  Here's a picture (it's clickable).

Tribeca Sheets
At Amazon.com, I also found this Tribeca 300-thread count all cotton percale sheets described by one reviewer as "crisp" and "cold" and another reviewer mentioned they wrinkled in the dryer (which to me is a positive, not a negative, because it means they have the texture I'm looking for!) I'm afraid I didn't include an image here, because it's a picture of white sheets on a white background, and hard to see.


Amazon.com also has a great sage colored sheet set that's real percale, 100% cotton.  The queen size set includes two pillowcases.  The price is definitely right at this writing.






I did research the "clothesline crisp sheets" at the Vermont Country Store after they were mentioned by at least one reader of this blog.  Looking at the current reviews for these sheets, I found that although there were satisfied customers in the past, many reviewers have recently been disappointed in the sets.  Apparently they changed manufacturers or suppliers of the linens.  I'll check back periodically and when the reviews indicate these are once again worth their rather exorbitant pricing, maybe I'll link to them here.

Lastly, I found some crisp percale pillowcases on eBay that I bought in a lot of 6.  I was pleased with about half of them which were wonderfully white, crinkly and crackly and disappointed with the other half (the half that didn't seem to be made of percale but felt more like soft combed cotton).  However, despite that, I considered getting some more, because the prices were definitely right, but the seller no longer offers items for sale.  I do a lot of my shopping on eBay and it's one of the first places I go whenever I go hunting for new sheets (which I think is in the cards as we're redoing our beds AGAIN.)

I'll be updating this as I find more available sheets that my grandma would have approved of.

24 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this great information. I, too, have looked and looked for the old-fashioned *crisp* sheets. I think Wamsuta Percale was the most "recent" available- back in the 70s or 80s.(Some store clerks today don't even know what "crisp" means!) I had a look at the Vermont Country Store, and it was a JOY to read their remarks -- they have HEARD us! I've not yet bought their sheets, but it is where I'll shop when I need more sheets. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to do all this great detective work! ~~ From Arizona

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  2. Thank you for 'getting' this! I just had to do away with the last of my grandmother's old pillowcases. They were probably 40 years old and that PERFECT mix of crisp, cool, thick. . . ahhhh. . .and was wondering where to begin looking for replacements. My friend was telling me yesterday about some jersey sheets she found on sale. . . .shudder!!

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  3. Lands End's 200 count percale was nice and crisp until a few months ago. I wash my sheets weekly (have two sets) and I think they're getting too soft now. But they were great for a couple of years. Inexpensive,too, when you buy on sale.

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  4. i was so pleased to find this site! i too have been searching for crisp sheets w/ no luck. flannel, microfiber, sateen...NO! i'll try ur suggestions & let u know what i find out.

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  5. I just found out from Vermont Country store that their Clothesline Crisp sheets have been discontinued. :(

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  6. Yes, Vt Count Store has percale sheets, with monkeys or snoopy!!!!I will try the Walmart Tribeca Percale, or order direct from WayFair.com the supplier for walmart, crzypopmac

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  7. Thank you for your effort.. Sheet buying has been driving me crazy...

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  8. Does anyone know who the manufacturer and or supplier was for the Vermont Country Store Clothesline Crisp sheets? We don't know if Vermont Country Store discontinued them or if the manufacturer just isn't making them anymore. I love my crisp sheets but am panicking that they aren't available anymore. I would have order many more sets if I had know they'd be discontinued.

    I don't care if I have to order them from Timbuktu!

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  9. After much searching I found Blissfulbed, a seller on EBay. She sells 200 TC Percale sheets made from organic cotton grown in the Southwestern U.S. and then manufactured in South Carolina. I ordered a King size set and they are absolutely wonderful, crisp, comfortable, just right. They do wrinkle out of the drier but that is to be expected and does not bother me. Check it out, you will not be disappointed.

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  10. IKEA has Emmie Spets (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90217608/#/20227328), which is supposedly very nice. I have to check it out when I drop by my local store.

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  11. Outside of hitting every old lady estate sale in my city, I am happiest with the Simply Shabby Chic at Target. I find that they wear well over time at a fraction of the cost of the sheets from the Vermont Country Store. My only issue is that their patterns are all so so girly. I would like to buy sets for my son, but he's not too keen on rosebuds.

    My mother always told me that most sheets these days contained resin to keep them from wrinkling. I have no idea if that's actually true or not, but I took it as gospel.

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  12. Just tried The Big One from Kohl's. Pima cotton blend percale, 275 thread count and it almost felt like my grandma's sheets. 4th sheet set I bought in a month, the others are going to my kids!

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  13. Blissfulbed seems to no longer be at e-bay. And some suggested sheets on Amazon are no longer available...Yes, I also love those cool, crisp, heavier sheets! That kind on a hot summer night feels so good! I always buy the white kind. We don't have a Kohl's in our area so I will keep looking! I'm so thankful I'm not the only one who likes these kind of sheets.

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    1. Blissfulbed is still on EBay.. To find her, go to Advanced Search, choose to search by Seller, then enter Blissfulbed in the box asking for Sellers User ID.

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  14. I am so happy to find like-minded people like me! I grew up with cheap muslin sheets...they were the unpleasant pilly kind but my parents just didn't know there was another option out there. Then I came across a miss-matched set of 100% cotton sheets that were so smooth, so cool, and yes--wrinkly out of the drier! I have spent my adult life trying to find a similar set of sheets and also discovered the magic word "percale" in my search as well. :) However I was disheartened to find that none of the sales people in the department store bedding departments knew what percale was or where I could find it, and I kept ending up with limp, worn-out feeling sheets from the get-go. Thanks for validating my memories and I am on the quest once again.

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  15. Have you checked out The Company Store?

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  16. The review said those sage greens are sateen, and they only come in Queen

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  17. I'm another pilgrim on the quest - cripes, the Holy Grail was easier to find!

    In response to the commenter on 17MAY14 who suggested The Company Store: I purchased their percale sheets last year and was not satisfied. They weren't the crisp, substantial sheets for which I think we all are searching.
    I need sheets for our guest bed; this is my second summer searching. (Full disclosure: I sometimes seek refuge there when DH is snoring.)

    After reading all of the comments here and reviews on the website, I just purchased 200ct percale from Overstock dot com. I'm hoping for the best because I paid a pretty penny for shipping; O-stock won't mail to APO addresses (US military overseas) so I had to have them sent to a forwarding company.

    Because I have an LL Bean credit card (thus receive free shipping) I also ordered Bean's Sunwashed Percale sheets. I have a set of king-sized sheets that I bought about five years ago. They are fabulous. Unfortunately, the quality changed the following year and I sent the queen sheets back. I'm trying again in hopes that the chorus of complaints caused Bean to make improvements.

    I'll report back after both brands arrive.

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    1. Just curious if you love or hate the sheets?

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  18. I might as well jump on the band wagon. This sheet deal has been nagging at me for years. I am afraid I drank the cool aid, when it comes to the pricey high thread count sheets. Those TV shopping networks sure can reel us in like little fishies! I have a pile of high count, sateen sheets and my Hubby and I are not happy with them. My hot flash days are well passed but I still wake up, hot and damp. Even with the AC on, or a fan blowing right on us. I love the sheets I had on my bed as a kid in the 50s and 60s. Us baby boomers are in the millions and I cannot understand why a company has not latched on to the fact that we are screaming for nostalgia and days gone by. That is why so many of us are on Ebay, trying to find our youth. Good luck trying to find anything made in the USA the old fashioned way. That time has come and gone. We were stunned to learn, after purshase, that our bedroom set was made in Vietnam! Not a big deal for many, but the set came from the JC Penney factory in Trang Bang Vietnam. This is the area, Cu Chi, where my retired Army Husband spent a year in combat. My lengthy point is this. If old established stores like JC Penney and others are outsourcing like this, I see little hope in ever finding sheets that we loved and now ache to find. We might find something close, but as we all know, it can never be the same. Someone prove me wrong! Find the sheets of our youth. PLEASE!

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  19. A friend of mine whom I visit every year has just what all of us want CRISP COOL sheets. It amazes me what some people consider crisp and cool! They aren't cheap and only come in white or off white and I have only found them online. They are Thomas Lee sheets. I too can't believe they don't make sheets like they used to!

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  20. That's interesting about your experience with Thomas Lee sheets, because I ordered some Thomas Lee samples last year and found them to be thin, silky, and more like sateen than percale, not really cool, crisp, thick, or rustly like I like them. I was pretty disappointed. Maybe their quality is inconsistent?

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  21. Let's dream that we've found the perfect sheets and the perfect quilt, and we are sleeping pretty comfortably. Except that that darned (!) poly-fill mattress pad. I have been on the hunt for an all-cotton mattress pad that I don't have to 1. mortgage the house to buy and 2. doesn't fall apart or lump the first time I wash it. Suggestions? The most promising candidate is from The Vermont Country Store but what else have you found?

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