Ohmygoshyouguys!!!! I found this rotary mat at Goodwill for $3.99
Excited much? Soooo much. My old mat was a much smaller size and somebody stepped on it and broke it so I really needed a new one. I was toying with the idea of buying one, but $60 to $70 is a lot of money... a lot of money that could be spent on fabric! Oh, the dilemma.
Then the thrifting gods smiled upon me and I found this 36x24 inch mat at Goodwill. It wasn't even in the sewing section, I just randomly spotted it as I was walking through to home wares. It was seemingly permanently bent into a tube, but I (and my dad, thanks dad!) spent some time flattening it out under furniture, with warm irons, with sock feet (veeery carefully) and it's definitely flat enough to use now. As a matter of fact it fits perfectly on my sewing/cutting table and has already gotten some use (there may be another quilt brewing in the near future).
So now you know, if you find a rotary mat at the thrift it's probably worth buying, even if it's a little bit bent out of shape. Those things are so damn expensive new, I'd rather do the work than shell out all that extra cash.
Anybody know what this is supposed to mean though? It's in the lower left corner. Did the mat originally come with a magnifying glass? Or is it just a handy hint? I can't even begin to guess. Underneath it just says "Made in Japan" so that's no help.
Anybody else lucked out at the thrift store lately?