A Sewing Box Find

In a small town, close to where I live, there used to be a small department store called Mulias & Ellias. I have no idea when it was founded. I searched for information and came up pretty much empty handed. I do know that it burnt down sometime in the 1980's.

It was one of those old fashion department stores. Where all the Ladies and Gentlemen that worked there had been with the store for many, many years. The ladies were always dressed up and the gentlemen were in suits and both always had a tape measure hanging off their shoulders. No sales associates seem to be under 40 years old. Each sales associate knew their department inside and out.

The building had wood floors and an honest to goodness "bargain basement". All the merchandise was of the best quality. And there was a great sense of pride in the store by the sales staff.

I remember shopping there when I was very young to get my dad's Christmas present. They carried wool sweaters that had extra long sleeves and that was my dad's favorite kind of sweater. I think he still has a couple of the sweaters I bought him from this store in his closet today! LOL

I haven't thought of this store in years so imagine my surprise when I found this sewing basket from Mulias & Ellias at a yard sale while camping up north.

I paid .75 cents for it. The yard sale was 250 miles from where the store used to be. It was not a chain store. It was a one of kind family owned department store.

And it surprised me to find it in near perfect condition. A little of the inside trim needs to be reglued, but that is it.

I am using it for my doodads. All the little trims, buttons and whatnot's that I use to embellish different things.

Finding this, was like recapturing a little bit of my history. So, it is a fun and cherished find.

I am joining:

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Treasures and Trinkets Thursday

Thrifty Thursday

Time Travel Thursday


  1. That is a great vintage sewing basket. With your idea and ability to create, you will have it looking like new.

  2. I grew up in a small town as well. We had a fabric store like that: Alice's Fabrics and Alice actually was still the proprietress. Wood floors, real fabric, and real help. Of course a bargain basement! I loved shopping for fabric there. Your sewing box is a great find just for the nostalgia.

  3. Great find. I can see using it for do-dads. It will bring back special memories for years to come.

  4. Diann...I REMEMBER those old-timey department stores and the clerks that work at them. My mother had a dear friend who worked at such a store as the elevator operator...now I don't think of my self as THAT old, lol, but some of those stores stayed in *that* era for a long time, didn't they?!

    I LOVE your sewing basket. A great find :)


  5. i sure do miss those old dept stores. i think it was meant for you to find this sewing box. thanks for sharing the memories!

  6. Your post brought back memories of the old department stores we had back in the day. I remember those old creaky wood floors for some reason especially.

    That's a nice sewing box! I think $19.00 for one back then was a lot of money. (Or am I reading that price tag wrong?) Anyway, great find, and it sounds like it's going to be quite useful!

  7. Oh Diann, what a find, good for you! It's just awesome looking!

    Hopoe you are having a great day!


  8. That is indeed a great find for more reasons than one. The connection and the beauty of the item. thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods.

  9. I love it Diann! And it has so much history for you too which makes it special and a real find at that price too!

    Have a Great Day!

  10. What a sweet sewing box and very nostalgic!
    I remember working for a department store when I was very young. I still have great memories of the different departments and the same as you described. Great memories.


  11. Diann, how fun to find that sewing box from the dept. store from long ago! I love your description of the store. I could almost see those sales people with the tape laying across their shoulders and the old wooden floors. And now, everytime you get out some trim for a project, those memories will come flooding back. Love it! laurie

  12. Oh my thats so nice.I need to move some of you guys get the best things,lol.Thats amazing what you paid for that.Great find!

  13. First of all I love sewing boxes and then to find one from a store that is now gone! What memories! Just shows that thrifting has a Karma for sure.

  14. I could really use a sewing basket. I love it! Diann was I suppose to hear something from that company about the giveaway? I have a picture in mind I will be using. Don't forget about my Garage salen party too!

  15. What a great find and story to go with it! Someone apparently took pretty good care of it. It reminds me of one of my grandmother's sewing baskets.

    ~ Tracy

  16. What a great find, is so beautiful! Lucky you

  17. That is such an amazing story Diann. I bought a very similar one today but the top is separated from the base so I have to buy new hinges. It is amazing how alike we vintage-lovers are. Great find.

  18. That's an incredible find, what a great story. I love it.

  19. What a sweet post~ how fun to find something which brings back memories...just hopped over from Treasures and Trinkets Thursday!

  20. As the saying goes, "Truth is stranger than fiction". How incredible that you found this treasure so far away and such an incredible price!

    Thanks for linking to my party. I hope to see you each week. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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