Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My First New Dishtowels EVAH!

The other day I went to Ross to look for a picture frame. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did spy a little packet of kitchen towels lying haphazardly on a shelf. There were five in the packet, wrapped up in a green satin ribbon.

When I saw that they were pink and white, I snatched them up right away. I do not know if $5.99 is a good deal for 5 dishtowels or not. You see, I have never in my life purchased dishtowels. Never.

The dishtowels I have were handed down to me; they belonged to my great aunts. They are vintage, with cross-stitching and embroidery designs. I love them because they are vintage, have that family sentiment, and have that softness that comes from decades of washings. But they don't go with my decor at all.

So when I saw the pink and white ones at Ross, well, the price really didn't matter. But go ahead, feel free to tell me what a steal I got on them anyway. Lie to me if you have to. That's ok. It'll make me feel all the better. :-)

When I got home, it was all I could do to take a moment to take that picture. Then I unwrapped them, careful to save the ribbon. Hey, it's perfectly good ribbon. Cute, too, with its polka-dots and all. I'm sure I'll have a use for it someday.

Well, when I pulled all the towels out, boy, was I surprised. Pleasantly surprised. They're all different, yet coordinating.

One even has bunnies woven into the design. How totally cool is that?! Does this mean they're really supposed to be Easter towels? It made me think of Amy, of course. (you'll probably need to enlarge that photo to see the bunnies)

Then I notice they each have a loop in one corner on the back. Wow. Another swell surprise! Is that normal? Do all dish towels come with a loop nowadays?

It actually took me a few minutes to figure out what the loop was for. Well, I'm still not 100% sure I've got it right.

I know. I can't believe it either. Here we are in the 21st century...and I'm standing there in my kitchen, totally dumbfounded by a loop on the back of a towel. Color me humbled.

Isn't it funny? In this day and age, with all the techno-gadgetry out there...and Kim gets all excited over pink and white dishtowels with bunnies and loops. What can I say? I'm a simple woman.


my-shabby-dream said...

believe me, the culinary they are a dream. I envy you for it, because I do not find in Germany such a thing. I cannot say whether they are old, but you have bought them for a good pric

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

KIM!! I love those!! I wish we had a Ross here, I would buy some! You know what? I am CONSTANTLY looking at dish towels!! It is like an obsession! But you wanna know the weird thing? I never buy any!!! THOSE, I would buy!I am very picky about towels and I love those! And YES, you got a really GOOD deal!! Most are that price for one towel! Unless you buy the yucky, cheap, terry ones that are printed on and I hate those because they fade terribly! You are lucky :) The little things like that make me happy too, lol! And you are right, they sure do look like my tablecloth!

Marilyn said...

Hi Kim..you know I really really love dishtowells (in Australia we call them teatowells :) ). I have never seen pink.. my first instinct was to say.. 'kim, I will send you money, go buy me some' lol but with all the pink lovers of this world.. I dont think you will find more. Enjoy! They are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I'm from the Midwest and I grew up calling them dish cloths or dish towels. My MIL called them tea towels and she was from western PA. So, I tend to call them by either name now. I have vintage ones too but I have bought them all of my life in the stores. And yes, $5 for five is great. Check it out next time you are in a store they can run several dollars just for one and not a fancy one either!

Teacup Lady (Sandy)

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