Tuesday, 8 November 2011

it's all about the free shit.

'grand' prize 
giveaway alert! leave me a comment below telling me the best free thing you've ever scored (it could be something you've won, something you found in a skip or on the side of the road...) go on, tell me!
the first person picked by the random generator will win the 'grand' prize of booty i scored from market which includes lots of moda charm packs, some leaf pins, a summersville needle book, an embroidery pattern and loads more.

cute little needle book
there will be three further winners of a summersville needle book that moda had made for me to giveaway in the booth at market. you can be from anywhere in the world because i'm nice like that. the winners will be drawn on thursday, 17th november.

 PLEASE!!! remember to leave me an email where i can reach you. if there's no email address, i'll pick another winner. good luck!

128 comments:

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Charlotte said...

best free thing ever? Has to be my mum's clothes cupboard from when she was a little kid. It's the perfect size for my bedroom, and I love knowing that she used it when she was small.

beth lehman said...

the thing that stands out most is being a young mom with a husband in graduate school - and three kids under age 5 (a set of twins will do that), and having little money. once out for a run, i found $20 on the side of the road. sounds silly, only $20, but i was so excited!!! i don't remember clearly, but i think we went out to eat with it!

congratulations on your line - i really love your work!

Sharon Pernes said...

I won a Baby Go! a few months ago.
Bit my son is the big winner of the family. He won $1000 at a bar last summer and then an IPad 2 at work.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

I think the best free thing we got was a full set of cutlery from my MIL, apparently it was 'old fashioned' but I like it and we use it every day. (Yes we know how to use cutlery yay!)I also won a giveaway at Katy's blog years ago and I still use the Tesco Cath Kidston Christmas shopper I won. :)

Justine said...

My best free thing ever is a £100 voucher towards a holiday that I won on a blog giveaway!! Second to that are the fabric freebies my friends are kind enough to share ;)

Kwilt Noob said...

I once won a layer cake from @quiltdad when he was running Bloggers Blockapalooza. That was awesome!

Ethne said...

I suppose when you sit down and consider it, over time I've been fortunate enough to 'score' many times. Probably the best, though I didn't consider that it was at the time, was the first win/score I can recall - I was a child and won a raffle prize at a fund raising event for the flute band my Dad played in - a big box of groceries - though I didn't benefit directly from sweets or a toy, the whole family benefited from the mix of goodies in the box

The undomesticated scientist said...

i've been lucky enough to score several times on blog giveaways etc. but i do remember when i was young phoning up the radio and answering the question correctly, thus winning tickets to see return of the jedi! i was so my big brothers favourite person for wuite a while!

The undomesticated scientist said...

and then there is the time i won a tonne of manure in a raffle!!!!!! smelly but kept the neighbours gardens nice for a long time!

Lilysunshine said...

Mmm... I think the most surprising one was a big bunch of DS fabrics last summer from 2 different people - I wasn't expecting it and it was brilliant!
The newest one is my friend's book that I've received today. I'm so very touched that she sent me a copy! :)

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

I think some of the best things I've won have been from blogs - I never win anything in my 'real' life, so it's nice that on blogs that luck is a little different. Also, I'm good at finding furniture for free on the side of the road. I've gotten two dressers that way, which I've fixed up. It's fun to find that piece you've been looking for for free, and then to make it your own!
Thanks so much for the chance to win. All the prizes look lovely!
x Katherine
kittens.lost.her.mittens [at] gmail [dot] com

Deepa said...

I won bacon once!
I commented on a food blog and won a big foodie hamper which included bacon. It was a good day.

Splendorfalls said...

I just found a toddler shirt at a thrift shop for one dollar! The kicker is that it was made with Heather Ross Goldfish fabric! Eeep! I decided to pay it foward and mailed it to an internet friend as a suprise. It was a thrill to find the shirt, but seeing the shirt in use was even better!

Sharon said...

One of my best scores was the oak top of a teachers desk left outside of a school building in NYC -- there was a $5 cab ride to get it home but still ...

Archie the wonder dog said...

I recently won a giveaway and one of the prizes was a tiny foundation pieced brooch which inspired me to try some teeny tiny foundation piecing of my own and I'm really enjoying it! And, although he wasn't free, paying £30 to adopt Archie was the best £30 I've ever spent!!

Chris Goscha said...

I won sewing needles (tons of them) from the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge. It was a very exciting moment!!

Rebekah said...

In 7th grade I won a Discman, back when that was the big thing. It was pretty awesome. :)

littlebluebirdie said...

the best score I guess I've gotten was a $100 gift card to crate and barrel...at my husbands office christmas party one year, someone won it, but didnt live by a CB, so they gave it to me. I dont know why they didnt keep it and order online like I did...

Jennifer said...

Hi, the best thing I ever won was in 2nd grade. It was a poster on butcher paper that the class had made of dinosaurs. I thought it was the best thing ever and it was the first time I had won something. Thanks for the give away!!!

129twigandvine.com said...

I won a French kitchen sign from the blog myblackbook—it hangs above the sink and slightly eclipses my view of the chickens pecking around out there. sue.schlabach(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

Amy said...

Best thing I ever scored was a pink scooter. I won it at a cake walk and I was too little to use it when just made me so mad! I had thing thing for a year and a half before I was tall enough. But you better believe that I rode that scooter e-ver-ry-where one I could. Haha!!

Samantha said...

Hello,

The only thing I've ever won to date is a wine basket from a wedding social. It was awesome with a gift certificate to a fine dining restaurant.

parergonthrufabric{at}gmail{dot}com

mjb said...

I'm often a lucky draw in things, but the biggest dollar value win was for a garage floor mat (which I could really care less if I protected as a 20 year old single lady at the time) with a car jump starter. Lucky old me.

Liligo said...

I won a huge basket full of products from The Body Shop once, and last month I won a free website design/makeover from a local business so I'm really excited to see what they have in mind for me.

Gwen said...

I won a digital audio radio from a station who preprogrammed it to be set at their station...which I then promptly re-programmed!

elisa.b said...

I don't win things often but I was so very lucky to win a brand new Le Creuset cast-iron saute pan from a giveaway hosted by My Baking Addiction (love that blog!). I was so shocked and could not believe I got to have something so amazing for free! :)

Miss T said...

The best thing I ever 'won' was stacks of vintage knitting patterns that my mum gave me. I still haven't attempted the knitted swimsuit yet though!

KVatt said...

I found $20 cash on the side of the road one New Year's Eve; 7 years later, found $15 in that very same spot while out on a run. Very thankful!! Thanks too, for the chance to win!

Cynthia said...

I haven't won much in my life, but when I do, I get so excited!!! My biggest win ever was a $200 gift certificate to fat quarter shop!!! I screamed (scared my husband), and told everyone!

ansley said...

about 10 years ago, a friend of mine found the greatest pair of jeans in the garbage on moving day. they fit me perfectly and were the best free score ever!

Jenny Kearney said...

I found a lovely set of old wooden card drawers by the side of the road. I made my husband stop the car and collect it as I was too embarrassed!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Best thing I ever found was a beautiful piece of petrified wood in garden of a house I was renting. Found it in 1993 and still have it. Best thing I ever won was a big ShopVac, use it everyday.

Beth said...

I've never won anything but my best freebie was the double ended, cast iron, ball and claw feet bath we 'found' when we removed the wood panelling from the bath in the edwardian house we'd just bought. Although technically not free, we had been planning to buy one and they cost a bomb!

maria said...

This wasn't particulary exciting to me but last week our neighbours gave my son a hardly used wii with games and stearing wheels. He wanted one but we said they were to expensive and he loves it so that's great.

Rebecca said...

I remember when I was in jr. high, I won movie tickets to the premire of Titanic (with Leonardo Dicaprio) from a local radio station - I was the most excited pre-teen ever!!!!!!!!! Haha! Thanks for the givaway!

Mims said...

the very first portland modern quilting guild meeting i went to i won a copy of susan beal's log cabin book.

Kelly said...

best thing we got given was a really old pine wardrobe! i love it so much & it would of cost us a fortune had we had to buy it!
kelly
kboof at hotmail dot com

Jessica said...

My best win ever would have to be the Sew Hip Etsy giveaway last year where I won lots of lovely things including some of your beautiful fabric!

BoogaJ said...

Back when I was engaged to be married, I knew where I wanted to have my wedding reception (an old theater in my hometown). I went to a bridal fair in town with my Mom and won the grand prize -- $500 off the cost of renting the exact same theater for a wedding reception! Best luck ever!

Rhonda said...

Last year I was given a floor loom for weaving that I was able to donate to the Montessori School where I teach art . . . and weaving. A kind woman had it in her attic for years. The kids love it and it is something the school would have never been able to purchase.

The Rainbow Room said...

My best free thing ever is my woodburning stove....wherever would i be without it???? (bed probably)

Gretchen said...

When I was a poor college student, I found $75 cash in the alleyway behind my rented house. It was a very welcome bit of luck.

Dawn said...

Since I've rarely been a winner of anything in my life, 4 yrs ago when I won $643 from a 25 cent slot machine after only putting in $1.50 I was certain that there was some sort of mistake and surely they casino would take it all back. I'm not a gambler. We go to a casino about once every 3 yrs, I take $20 and when that is gone I'm done. When I won that money I still had $18.50 left!
When I first found the quilt blogs 2 months ago I entered a giveaway for a Veranda layer cake at Cluck Cluck Sew and I won that which was much more exciting to me than the money at the casino.

Aunt Spicy said...

limoges china teacups with saucers for a $1. each. sadly, I only bought two. sigh.

Jan said...

The best free thing is fabric. I love saying to my husband, "I won some fabric!" I'm a quilter, so free fabric is good.

Cindy said...

My grandparents and didn't want to move a dresser down the stairs but they let me and my new husband take it. It has been sitting by our front door and everyone comments on it. It also holds a lot of shit. cindy3935 at sbcglobal dot net

Melanie Wickham said...

The best thing for free I have had was for a gloomy room! I asked on 'Freecycle' if anyone had any old mirrors on offer as it would lighten up the room and was GIVEN an amazing antique mirror that the lady hadn't got round to restoring and it was in her way!!!!

It couldn't go in the gloomy room, it had to go in pride of place above the fireplace and everyone who comes round comments on how lovely it is. I love it.

jenna said...

i once won 2 hours of free drinks for me and a friend at a trendy bar in new york when I still lived there. but i was pregnant and had awful morning sickness at the time, so i didn't get to use it. what a waste!

Dianne M. said...

When I was a grade school child (over 45 years ago), there was a call-in program on the radio, with one caller winning a cribbage set - ME! I was so excited, having never won anything before. My dad was a little less excited, as he had to drive to the radio station and pick it up. Upon returning, I was surprised to find him putting a nail in the wall to hang it in a prominent place in the den - where it still is today. He loved the beautiful graphics on the board. I would take it down, play some, and return it to it's place of honor. My email: jdm@cableone.net. Love Summerville - and your mugs!

-- Dianne M.

blwolff said...

I won a weekend in the bahamas in college. but the best thing, my husband's heart! And I would love to win some of this beautiful fabric.

blwolff(at)me(dot)com

craftykaren said...

Won a set of Enclyopedia Brittanica when I was in lower school. Was forced to buy and wear a pair of sensible shoes by my dad (vs the oh so cute ones I coveted) and while checking out at the shoe store, we filled out a card to drop into a bowl. Later we got a call that we won - that set of bright red enclyopedias decorated the bookshelves in the den of the family home for 35 years. The only thing I've ever won!

Katie B. said...

I really love your feathers quilt!

I won a FQ bundle of Good Folks from Anna Maria Horner, and I used it to make my first quilt. That was pretty sweet!

Harrysmum said...

When I was first back at work after having DS I was on the road between two customers & missing my boy. I realised that amongst the pile of junk in the trailer in front of me was not only an old vacuum cleaner, a tidy-dry and a lawn mower was a cute rocking horse! At the next roundabout the trailer turned towards the "recycling centre" or tip, so on a whim I followed it! Sure enough they turned into the tip and I hopped out of the car to cheekily ask if I could have the rocking horse rather than it going to landfill! I brought it home and gave it a good scrub and a new tail and mane made from a mop. Both my children played with that horse until it was out grown and I passed it to another family :-)

Dana said...

4 years ago when my daughter was around 10 months we had professional pictures taken of her we really wanted the huge image of her that was printed on glass but it was a fortune. About a year ago we got a phonecall from the photographer who used that very image on glass as his front of house he said that the company no longer make that line so he couldnt advertise it anymore did we want it for free, err yes at £650 a pop we did! it now hangs pride of place by our front door and always strikes a conversation with the postmen!

Ashley G. said...

The best free thing I've gotten is my sewing machine. My grandma bought it but was so used to her old one that her new one just sat. So she gave it to me. I'm a pretty lucky girl.
Herrmaaa(at)gmail(dot)com

Shannon said...

When I was in 2nd grade, I won a bank in the shape of a musky. While I was in high school, my mom and I won a turkey. And yesterday I won a $50 gift certificate to my lqs! Thank you for the giveaway!

Hoola Tallulah said...

The best free "things" I got is my grandmothers old bed linen, she passed a whole lot of retro goodness to me only the year before she passed. No one else wanted them (thank goodness!), their super special to me, not just because of the awesome prints, but because they were hers.

Doris said...

I won tickets to three different rock concerts in one summer on a local radio station. I had to think fast on my feet and give different friend and family names and details on call #2 and Call #3 because the same person is only allowed to win once every 90 days. This was in a three week time span...

I've not ever been that lucky since....

Leigh said...

I won a rocking chair when I was about 10. From what I remember it was pretty grim. I've no idea what happened to it. If I had it now I would definitely re-cover it with some fab fabric! Leigh x
Kgaa8183(at)doctors(dot)org(dot)uk

Addibrae said...

I've never actually won anything, but I did once find a stray cat that we had for years.

Lorna said...

The best thing I remember winning is a free craft book from Etsy.

Eli said...

One of the best things I ever got was a really big antique mirror. I left one of my friend's house through the garage and this lovely mirror was leaning against the wall. I gasped and said it was beautiful. My friend turned round and asked me if I wanted it as she was getting rid of it. Of course I did. It used to hang in our dining room but is currently in my sewing room!
Thank you so much for a great giveaway!

Velvet Mango said...

A few months ago I found some 1975 Marrimeko fabric left for council clean up, nice
velvetmango72@gmail.com

jmday said...

Best "free shit" evar was a signed marked up manuscript of a novel by my favorite author.

Jacey said...

Some friends of my sister were getting rid of their entire bedroom set of furniture several years ago. So, I scored a headboard, two dressers and side tables, for free! I still have a couple of the pieces today.

And I'm seriously excited about your Moda line!!

Anne said...

I was the grand prize winner of a shop hop. I won $900 in quilt shop gift certificates! Wow

Anne said...

I won a beauty package from Macy's ! Gorgeous

**nicke... said...

i won a mini quilt from amber carrillo! i love it.

Rachel said...

The best thing i've ever scored has to be a perfect condition pleather desk chair, that i guess the previous owners had left out on the street because it was weird to sit on because the base had been put on backwards. 5 minutes with an allan key and all was fixed!
(maiestia@gmail.com)

Nicole G said...

I won a scrap box from a blog giveaway last year. It was awesome!

Michelle said...

i won a thousand bucks in las vegas on my 21st birthday.. whew, that was long ago :-)

Amy B said...

We belong to a "free-cycle" group, and have received several lovely things...some wonderful music cd's, a wood futon frame, canning jars, etc. It's lots of fun to pass along our things, and receive goodies from others.

Jennyroo said...

I won a Cabbage Patch doll in 1983. I was 8 years old, and it was in a door prize draw at a banquet for our troop of Brownies. Yep, I was HUGE big deal.

jlwhite (at) sasktel (dot) net

liberal sprinkles said...

The antique cabinet I scored from a moving out spring clean!
liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

I won a bumblebee drawing competition in a shopping centre when i was about five. That was pretty great at the time. Doubt I'd win any prizes for my drawing now though :)

Indianna said...

I won a pair of walking boots for guessing the lattitude and longitude of a small island off Scotland - pre internet and GPS days, as now that would be easy to find out!

Danielle said...

I don't do very well at winning things! When I was about eight years old I won the prize in the Easter raffle, it was a rather delightful stuffed goose made of pink gingham fabric. I thought it was bloody fantastic, my mum not so much, she made it disappear, I still don't know where to. Hopefully I will fare better in your giveaway which is off the scale better than a pink gingham goose!

rderrett said...

Best free thing ever, apart from 4 of my dogs has to be the three month first class unlimited rail ticket I won about 6 years ago. I used that every day and really went places I had wanted to go to and couldn't afford to drive to. Brilliant time but exhausting! So glad you had a wonderful time in Houston with the mob.

Jane said...

Years ago, I won a runner up prize of a food hamper, and it was delivered on a weekend when my husband was away and my girlfriend was staying. To this day he doesn't believe it was packed with lollies and chocolates as well as pastas and meal bases.
But this prize would seriously top that about a zillion times!
janeykelly @ hotmail . com

Elsa said...

I found your blog at The Last Piece, Sarah wrote nice things about you! Thanks so much for the giveaway and I'll be following you!

Casey said...

I found a $50 bill on the bathroom floor in a bar just last year. I felt it needed to be disinfected, but money is money!!

rachandcarl said...

hmmmm lets see, i generally hear about others getting great free stuff but when our next door neighbour moved about 8 years ago she gave me a leather hatbox from the 1940s with some hats still in it! score!!!!!! the other great one is my dad was a plumber and he was working and dug up a silver locket from the 1800's - i still have it and i love it. i cant wait for your fabric line to come out - it looks great!

rachancarl@optusnet.com.au

Helen said...

as a nine year old I was *made up* to win a Slush Puppy Baseball cap on the first Slush Puppy I ever drank at our newly opened leisure centre. I think I was particularly impressed because it was a 'proper' competition- roll up the lip of the cup to see if you'd won a prize- and not just some small time local draw.

looking back, I was probably not as hip as I thought I was in my slush puppy baseball cap!

Suze said...

Has to be when I won $400 on Double Diamonds at a casino!

Lotti said...

I just won a signed Florence and The Machine latest album in a charity raffle, not quite free as I had bought a ticket. I've only just found your blog but I love your fabric, i've been coveting it on etsy!

Eight from Three said...

The best thing I've ever scored for free is a baby crib. All of my children used it, and then I passed it on. Thanks for your previous blog entry giving us all the "ins & outs" of your visit to quilt market.

Tamiko said...

Ice cream! I was so happy when I won a free ice cream cone :)

Anna said...

It must be either one of your notebooks that I won in a giveaway (the first and only time I have ever won - thank you), or perhaps this beautiful tiled metal table that I found on the side of the road after a long night out. It has followed me ever since.

Christine said...

Oooh lovely free stuff :)
I think the bestest thing I've won is a Lisa Seaurchin bowl and you know how gorgeous that is!

Guerilla Embroidery said...

The best free thing I ever won was a skydive! It was in a quiz, it was the last prize to be pulled and I remember muttering to myself 'pull my name out of the hat' - and then he did! Awesome
sarah@guerilla-embroidery.com

tamidug said...

I won a layer cake from Pretty by Hand a couple of months ago....love winning fabric! Thank you for the chance to win...
tamiquilts at att dot net

atableintheshade said...

I won a japanese sewing book a long time ago. So gorgeous and inspiring. One of my favorites:)

sonyabegonia said...

I won a tv in college at the university bookstore. They had a drawing that you could put unlimited entries into. I only put my name in once because I thought it was too greedy to put my name in 50 times. It turned out that once is really all it does take to win a random drawing! I had that tv for almost 20 years...

Amanda said...

When was about 8 I entered a colouring in competition and won a few months supply of vitamins! They were so yummy, my parents had to hide them from me!

Heather S. said...

I don't have very good luck in giveaways! I think the most I've ever won was a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks.

Gwen said...

When I was a child-- maybe 6 or 7?-- we were at the County Fair, and Dad told us that we could choose one game to play. I was drawn to a display that had varying levels of sparkling crystal and beautiful dishes slowly revolving in different directions.. I spotted a small ceramic "Mary Had a Little Lamb" plate on one of the upper levels. Dad warned me that it would be pretty hard to actually get my nickle to land on that small plate, but I really wanted it... So, I closed my eyes, wished REALLY hard, and tossed that nickle. I opened my eyes just in time to see that coin hit the plate, roll round and round, and finally fall-- making me the most excited girl at the Fair! :-) I've won other prizes since then, but that one will always stand out as one of my most favorite! :-)

Simply H said...

I won a yellow Barbie campervan when I was about 8! I'd had to design a new outfit for Barbie. I think I won out of sympathy as I'd sent in about 20 entries!! The campervan is still just about with us 30 years later and lives in my parents garage!!
Thanks for the chance and fingers crossed x

Donna~~ said...

When I was in college, I won $25 in a class contest. It doesn't sound like much, but I felt rich--my monthly budget was only $100!

gill said...

When I was about 10 I won a spelling competition at school - the prize was a fabulous book on Italy, I loved it and I still treasure it!

Elsa said...

I was on a holiday in Ireland walking around and found 50 pounds in the road! It was quite a surprise and I bought drinks for the group I was with and left a great tip for the server!

Pink Stitches said...

I always wished I was the lucky one finding amazing treasures at the side of the road - no such luck!
Lovely goodies however from the Urban Home Goods swap on Flickr - scored a lovely sewing machine cover, sewing mat and mini quilt. All gorgeous!!

Aubrey said...

The best free thing I've scored is a beautiful framed painting from the 1920's from my friend's mother who works at a thrift store. Behind the matte board I found an entire paper from that era. Quite fascinating!

aubs321@hotmail.com

Claire said...

I can't remember ever winning anything but I did marry an Aussie & I moved from the cold UK to the land of constant sunshine in Australia - that was quite a score!

Sally Waters said...

I recently won tickets to Mamma Mia in the West End. I gave the tickets to my big sis' and she took a friend in need of cheering up and they had a fab time. So nice to be able to give a lovely treat to my sister as she is utterly wonderful x

Heather said...

The best thing I ever got for free has to be my two beautiful girls!

some pretty things said...

A few years ago there was a radio contest where you had to complete a phrase a famous person said. It went on for days and noone got but every morning i shouted the answer at the radio, eventually i give up( i don't like being on the radio) and phoned in and won. Every other winner in the competition got something like a digital radio or a gift voucher, i got a donated bike i so excited but when my oh went to collect it, it was all rusty. Now you might ask why this was my best freebie well it has been my only freebie ever. That rusty old bike is still in the garage.

Jilly said...

I was recently made redundant from my job as the department I worked for was closed, however I really scored as I was able to take the meeting table and several bookcases which has really set up my sewing room at home! some good from the bad! Thanks for the chance to win.

ami said...

I found 5 euro on the street a couple of years ago, but that's not really "winning" something, is it? I'm just not very lucky, I guess...

DaiseyB said...

When the Academy Store opened here they had a free give away and I won a 5 speed bike. I was super excited. I would love to win all your goodies.

ikceb said...

We were in Tuscany last year and the proprietor of a little restaurant gave me a panna cotta with caramel. It was so awesome and i have dreamed of it many times since returning home.

Angela D. said...

The best thing I ever won was a two night stay at a hotel for ridesharing at work. My husband and I had a great weekend in San Francisco.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Joyatee said...

The best "free" thing I ever scored was a full scholarship to medical school! Other than that, I think it was a roll of Pez candies, ha!

ewenique said...

I suppose swaps, school "end of year" prizes and bursaries don't count. So my best free score has got to be my nan's old Singer hand crank sewing machine. It's so beautiful!

Your giveaway would be an AMAZING thing to win!

Bad Jones Rising said...

first I love that you said the word "shit" in your blog post title.

second, the best thing i ever scored was my art trunk. found it in a dumpster in my old apt, had it 5 years. it's so bossy because it has gold hinges lol

wendy_d23 said...

I once was $300 from big O tires. I had just bought new tires for both the cars, so that was kind of a bummer.

Roberta said...

I salvaged a pair of mahogany doors from a skip outside uni when they were upgrading the building. Doors may not be exciting but the beautiful rocking hair my Dad made from them is loved and used every day.

Nikki said...

I rarely win anything... In third grade I won 8 quarters (yep! $2.00!!). Pretty sure I spent it on candy for my brother and I. Then nothing for about 30 years, then last month a set of fat quarters that I am sewing into a baby quilt for a friend.
Thanks for the giveaway.
danamic@msn.com

Sarah said...

I have never won anything but have had a few things for free in my life. I rented a flat while I was a student and it came with its own fully stocked library(all architecture related,this is what I studied at uni) my landlord was himself an Architect as a favour left his whole stock of books there(he used to live there but moved and I dont think he could be bothered moved the thousands of books). It was the greatest resource I could have ever asked for, Im convinced it helped my get my degree. And when I moved out 3 years later, he was so kind as to let me take my favourite books away with me. He was thee greatest landlord I could have asked for.

laurafallulah said...

I have bagged quite a lot of free shit over the years in terms of side tables from a skip and sideboard my nan was throwing out but I have only ever won one competition and it was for..... wait for it...... a lot of free immac, now known as veet. Yes thats right hair removal cream. Brilliant!

Fine Fettle said...

I wanted the biggest cuddly bear at the raffle...Yes!I had the winning ticket. Mine, all mine. Finefettle@hotmail.co.uk

Montseta said...

The best thing I've won was a trip to Dominican Republic (airfare+1 week stay at hotel). After that I knew I wouldn't win anything more in my whole life!
There's an explanation to that prize, I used to work at a hotel company and in Christmas touroperators asked for free stays for their employees and gave airtickets in exchange. The Dominican Republic hotel was one that belonged to our company.

Margaret said...

I won a free ticket to the Philadelphia Orchestra when I was in college, right when their new concert hall had opened. It was such a thrill!

kim at allconsuming said...

Best loot? I was 18, working part time at Pizza Hut while at university when we all went to its annual Christmas party. I won the door prize - a five CD disc player. It was 1991 and the HEIGHT of technology. Score.

Kim said...

I haven't won anything, but recently at my local recycle center I found a burr grinder - something I had wanted for a while!

anne said...

I have won a few fat quarters and a pattern but I think the best things in life are free....so pick me lol

Beth said...

My biggest score was catching my husband (who I met on a blind date)! He's a wonderful husband and father and works hard so I can stay home and do all the creative things I like to do!

Raddness said...

Would have to be my first sewing machine (Bernina Nova 900) and serger (BabyLock). It helps to have a father in law that runs a sewing machine shop...

Thanks!

Vickie said...

I won some embroidery blocks from Kelly at Charming Chatter and it has opened up a whole new world for me.