I love old linens. I do not use them for there designed purpose but I love to cut them and and use for other purposes. I purchased old table cloth, and napkins, along with pillows at thrift store and they have a new life. I think the whole project cost me $3.00, not bad.
If you are looking to create on a budget and like using items destin for the trash! Visit your local uphostery store and ask them to call you when they are ready to trash the sample books. Wonderful prints and plenty for projects.
Check out To Every Nation Thrift Store facebook page
I volunteer at a non-profit thrift store in Vero Beach Florida. A key project is Viva Kids, a child sponsorship program in the Dominican Republic for poverty stricken children. We support two Children Centers where these children are offered food, education, and medical attention in a loving environment who would otherwise receive none. http://www.facebook.com/pages/To-Every-Nation-Thrift-Store-for-Missions/261564223893655