Thursday, December 19, 2013

TBT: 50 Quick & Easy Bazaar Best Sellers!

Included in the September, 1980, issue of Better Homes and Gardens was a section featuring 50 craft items you could make to give as gifts or sell at craft bazaars. Remember when they were called "Bazaars"?! I thought it would be fun to reminisce about what our moms were all making over 30 years ago: Bandanna Babies, Veneer Tree Dazzlers, "Hand" Bags, Country-Style Key Rack... Some might even be popular today, like the Loveable Fabric Doll, Crayon Caddy Apron, Needlepoint Door Signs, and the Piece of Cake Pincushions (awesome!)... I'll let you be the judge! Do you think all of these items we're making for Etsy today will look this groovy 30+ years from now?


Ceri said...

Oh wow! Fantastic. The baby nest!!!

penny candy handmade said...

YESSSSS! I wonder how hard it would be to adapt the pattern to adult size? ;-)

Anonymous said...

You know how jealous I am of that magazine, right? That is totally awesome and SO eighties! A handful of the projects look like you could see them at a craft show today (I've definitely seen things like 26 and possibly 39 and 49).

#16 gives me nightmares (if i saw a clown using that bag my heart might stop). That one must have been a popular idea... I have seen it in other Better Homes and Gardens publications!

penny candy handmade said...

Yeah, this one is a keeper!

I can't believe the country key rack is a popular item! But those piece of cake pincushions are awesome! I have seen ideas from '70s craft magazines updated for Martha Stewart Living magazine... Just wait, around 2040 we'll be commenting on how dorky-but-cool our current-day craftiness is!

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