I love browsing at Goodwill stores — you just never know what you’ll find. Recently at my local Goodwill, I found this delightful vintage package of two cotton fitted twin-size bed sheets for $1.99.
Now, I’m a sucker for vintage packaging, and thanks to Google, I’ve ascertained that these Bibb fitted sheets were made sometime in the 1950s! I didn’t buy them just for the packaging though. We’ve been camping a lot lately, and with the warm weather, we’ve been packing fitted sheets for our airbeds. I figured if I found some cotton fitted twin sheets at a good price, I’d pick them up to keep in our camping tote.
Well, a 2-pack of twin fitted sheets for under $2 certainly fit the bill for my boys’ twin airbeds, but I wondered if the sheets would still be in new condition after being sealed in the package for sixty years or more..! Surely the elastic would have dry-rotted, but for $1.99, I figured I’d take a chance.
I bought the sheets. I opened them up, and they seemed fine — they hadn’t even yellowed from age! So, I checked the corners of the sheets where one would expect the elastic to be. These sheets have no elastic — they’re truly a “fitted sheet” with a mitered corner.
I laundered them and slipped a sheet onto one of my son’s beds to try them out. And immediately I wondered… why aren’t sheets made like this any more? They’re incredible! They fit so tightly to the mattress that you could bounce a proverbial quarter off the top of the bed. There are no loose corners here, and there’s no elastic to wear out.
I’m truly impressed that these sheets are still in such great condition considering their age. The fitted corners will be fantastic on our air mattresses too. Sometimes elastic corners don’t hug an inflatable mattress very well, but these should. It does make me wonder why they don’t make bed sheets like this any more though…