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Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

Eileen McIn­tosh is a bit of a mag­pie when it comes to but­tons, trim­mings, pat­terns and books.

She sifts through garage sales and op shops search­ing for hab­er­dash­ery that catches her eye to cre­ate unique cos­tumes for dolls.

‘‘I don’t do much sew­ing for my­self nowa­days, but I do like to dress the Bar­bie dolls,’’ she says.

‘‘They’ve all got trousers and knick­ers, I don’t sell any dolls with­out knick­ers, and they all have a lit­tle blouse and a coat.’’

Her keen col­lect­ing means she has a trea­sure trove of items to sell at the Fab­ric-a-Brac this Satur­day.

The event sees stall­hold­ers sell­ing vin­tage fab­rics, knit­ting goods and sew­ing para­pher­na­lia to other crafty in­di­vid­u­als.

No com­pleted are for sale.

‘‘It’s things that you have bought, but never

items made any­thing with. And we all have a lot,’’ Mrs McIn­tosh says.

‘‘It’s a good at­mos­phere. Every­body has their own in­ter­ests.’’

This event will be the third Fab­ric-a-Brac held in Auck­land.

The pop­u­lar event

is free to en­ter and is a good op­por­tu­nity for crafts­peo­ple to pick up unique items for their projects.

Through­out the morn­ing the Mercy Hospice also sells bak­ing and cups of tea.

‘‘The hospice

peo­ple put on the best morn­ing tea. I’ve been dream­ing of it,’’ Mrs McIn­tosh says.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Stall­holder: Eileen McIn­tosh’s dolls will not be sold dur­ing Fab­ric-a-Brac, but a trea­sure trove of sew­ing items she has col­lected will be.

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