I always check and see if I can find any pretty printed sheets when I go to the opshop or hit a garage sale- you just don't seem to be able to buy printed sheets new in the shops anymore. At least I haven't seen any.... did they stop making them around the 70's? Here are some of my vintage favourites.
If the opshop you visit stocks bedlinen, you usually have to wade through quite a few stained-and-manky-looking sets to find the odd lovely one. These sheets aren't too faded and they're in pretty good nick, with no holes- I guess that means that they weren't used-and-washed too many times. People must have kept them for 'best.' I haven't really used them either! They are mostly double, and my bed is queen-size. I was thinking I might turn them into a quilt so they'd see the light of day but I kinda don't want to hack into them with scissors. I think I'll just continue to look at them and smile every time I open the linen cupboard to get out my plain white sheets :o)