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Double the Excitement

whitedress Now this is a story. When you think, yeah I probably shouldn’t go thrifting because I was just there and odds are there is nothing new and definitely nothing I need. Well it was a long day and I needed to unwind! (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) So I popped into the Village and perused the dress rack to discover a gorgeous white dress with a crochet top section, drawstring and beautiful lines. This dress was brand new with the tags still on, a brand Chelsea I believe, if only I had written it down before chopping out all the labels… wasn’t a brand or company I had ever heard of. It was $14.99 which normally I wouldn’t bother with but I thought what the heck, it was completely me I just had to know.

turquoisedressI take a few steps down and wouldn’t you know it, a second dress identical with tags as well in my absolute favourite shade of rich turquoise! I snatched that one up to on the chance that the first one fit. I only have one word to describe these dresses: perfection. Adjustable straps? Check. Crochet details? Check. Shapely design? Check. Favourite two colours? Check. I was blown away I didn’t think again about not having a coupon I was buying these two straight up because I would never find anything so beautiful and so comfortable. To this day they are my favourite, although I haven’t worn the turquoise out yet the white is definitely the easiest dress to accessorize!

*Update: I tried out the turquoise, LOVE IT!

Vintage Redesign

vintageredesign1 My greatest regret with this dress is that it did not occur to me almost 4 years ago to take a “before” photograph. Although in my mind the original dress I can see clear as day. Big boxy style, long sleeved and bursting with colour. It was the first dress I ever attempted to redesign and to this day, I consider it to be the greatest success.

The strips down the sides of the dress are the original sleeves. As sadly I don’t know what body could have fit into the original dress the top half was massive and the bottom couldn’t fit over my thighs! A few quick snips and insertion into the side seams fixed that problem easy enough, also it adds a little more fun in the design.

vintageredesign3The neckline was really unique and I wanted to keep the original base design. Cutting out the sleeves strategically left a really unique arrangement at the neck for structure. The only issue I’ve had with this dress (aside from the fact that its such a light fabric I can only wear it in the dead heat of summer) is that it has loose hanging fabric in the front. Now maybe on some body types it is quite flattering, but on me it just felt awkward. When I first wore the dress a few years back I simply tucked it into my belt… now I finally decided to fix the issue and sew it right down where it was most flattering – but still keeping a similar drape effect.

vintageredesign2 My favourite way to accessorize this dress is with gold, a micro belt, earrings or a loud necklace perhaps – although honestly the dress speaks for itself and hardly needs enhancement! I did a #tbt Throwback Thursday on Instagram to this dress when it was first redesigned, and decided seeing as the weather was gorgeous I would bring it out of the back of the closet! This time though, it dawned on me that I had left my gold flip flops in Cuba the last time I went on a trip! Ohhhh dear.

Thrift Finds

Thrift FindsDuring tonight’s Thursday thrift adventure I found a couple unique items plus a nice Gaiam yoga mat I had been looking for (not pictured). The best yoga mat I’ve ever had was a cheap one from Value Village, so I have been watching for another one to try. I had heard Gaiam mats are hit and miss so here’s hoping it is non-stick!

I started my evening with a stop at the jewellery rack. I was drawn to two pieces, a gold chain with anchor pin pendant and a multi coloured necklace. I later found out the one necklace is actually a $50 Fossil necklace, score! I think the anchor one will be really fun for summer.

I then veered over to the assorted housewares section and heard a piece of apple green pottery calling my name. It’s not perfect, it’s full of drips – and I love it! It has found a very cozy home in my kitchen.

With a 30% off coupon I snagged all these pieces for under $20!

1. Gaiam Yoga Mat $7
2. Pottery $6
3. Necklaces $5
Total: $20

Scarves for Spring

SCARVESValue Village has both new and donated clothing. Their new section consists of a mass amount of cheap shoes, boots, accessories and leggings. I don’t tend to give it a second glance because I find more appeal in the hunt for unique items not buying mass produced. Something this winter season did catch my eye but based on my philosophy I just didn’t feel for the thin quality that they were worth spending $12.99. These vibrant scarves, each package comes with a solid colour and a patterned one. Its quite simply the patterns and bright colours that have me hooked!

I looked at them a few times over the two months they had been displayed around the store but I just kept shrugging at the price. Did I really need more scarves? I could probably find a thrifted one that’s a better fabric… All these constant debates in my head. I always left them behind. I popped in on Thursday evening to purchase a gift certificate to add to my friend’s birthday gift and saw they had been moved to a clearance table.

In huge red letters the sign said 75% off red tagged items… I thought it couldn’t hurt to look to see what was left over. There were plenty of scarves but none that caught my eye. I decided to sift a little further into the pile and suddenly there they were. The two sets I had admired, and only those two were left at the bottom of this pile. One printed with a matching blue scarf and the second with a deep pink. The debate began in my head once more, but doing the quick math in my head – there wasn’t much left to debate over as my major hurdle was cost for quality. For $3 a set that puts each scarf at $1.50… where are you going to find such cute scarves for Spring for that price?!

Buying “new” wasn’t in my original plan for my thrift challenge, but if we are looking at budget smarts this is definitely one good move as I love my scarves!

January 50% Sale

week2-thriftchallengeI had to readjust my parameters for the challenge after I received an email from Value Village notifying me of the upcoming 50% off day. I hadn’t remembered that half price sales can be either Sunday or Monday. But with that as the only exception I think I am doing very well sticking to my plan.

I made a plan Sunday morning to make half price sales fit into my budget scheme better – going the day before the sale and inspecting items that I liked, trying on shoes and boots, checking for flaws and debating the price… with no intention to buy that day. I photographed five things that day that I would consider coming back for. Part two of my plan was to not going before work in the morning at 9:00am but rather wait until after my yoga class that night which would put me at Value Village an hour before closing time.

My assumption was that there would be a lot picked over during the day, not huge crowds and likely I would have less to tempt me. Sure enough only one of the five items was still there and I debated it once again. I ended up taking it home because it was a neutral blouse, and I can’t leave mint behind! I spent a grand total of $5.65 instead of the likely $20+

Yes it is only week two but I have resisted the temptation to go thrifting by replacing it with yoga classes after work! Not a bad way to start off a new year don’t you think?

Smart Thrifting

JANUARY8-THRIFTLOVECHALLENGEToday we are experiencing the worst parts of a Canadian winter, ice followed by snow, strong winds and a plummeting temperature of -22. For no particular reason I decided today would be the first trip I make to the local Value Village. I became one of those shoppers that I deem “crazy” for going out in such horrendous driving conditions. In my own defence, it is on my route home from work!

With the challenge idea in mind I began to practice the art of window shopping, simply walking up and down aisles not really searching just being in the moment. It was soothing just to let my eyes enjoy the array of colour, texture and pattern. The items in their home decor section were particularly interesting and plentiful today due to it being after the holidays. I’m sure much like myself, many people took their time off to clean the closets and purge to start a new year fresh. All the strange and wonderful things made it a rather exciting trip.

I spent most of my time in the footwear department as its one of the hardest things to thrift. I did find plenty of shoes and boots that fit surprisingly but trying on footwear at the end of a long day with sore feet isn’t exactly ideal. I found a pair of lace up shoes by Forever 21 that I just couldn’t leave behind as they were exactly what I had hoped to find for months!

1. Shoes Forever 21 $10
2. Slippers $3
3. Scarf SportyGirl $5
Total: $20

Grey Linen Pants

Grey Linen PantsTGIF to all the thrift lovers out there! Today’s look is a repeat but I altered these NOA linen pants into capris because the length bothered me. I simply rolled them up to a length I was happy with, tacked with a few pins and then machine sewed the cuffs in place. I felt like adding a cuff made it a little more exciting than a straight hem.

I paired the new capri with an H&M floral blouse which I also altered in a similar way. Often I find our shoppers at the store are rolling their sleeves up, which gets me to thinking about any time I’ve worn a long sleeved top or jacket. I recently altered all of my blazers to be 3/4 length in the sleeve – for this very reason. They are much lighter and more flattering with a shorter sleeve. For this blouse, the long sleeve didn’t roll due to its light silky nature – so I finally decided to chop off the excess and add a hem.

And lastly, finished this fun outfit with a mini belt, flip flops and statement necklace!

Fabric Button Earrings

I definitely need to start making these! After seeing this new trend on Instagram in the fashion world I was surprised to see a pair at Value Village. For just $2 I snatched up these adorable earrings to add to outfits as a unique accent piece. I cannot decide if these are vintage or new, but they certainly have a retro feel to it. I wore them once already with a blue outfit but I forgot to snap a photo!

Thrifted Purses

I will admit I haven’t bothered to look at the purse rack at Value Village since the Kingston store rearranged their racks. I’m still not a huge fan of the layout as it messes up my “flow” if you know what I mean. I would prefer to be far away from the children’s clothing and toys if I had my way, its just too chaotic! Anywho, I happened to be rounding the corner of one of the shoe aisles and a lovely dusty turquoise bag caught my eye.

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ALDO Cyphers Tassel Flats

Who could leave these behind?! In a brief stop in to donate some items, I caught a glimpse of a rich dark turquoise pair of flats with an adorable gold buckle and tassle detail! These bad boys were in mint condition and only $5! I looked them up online and their actual title is “ALDO Cyphers Tassel Ballet Flats” and run in the vicinity of $80 new! Talk about a great find!

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Thursday Thrifting

Hurray for Thrifty Thursday! I had two full 30% off cards in my wallet so I popped into Value Village after work to see if there were any good deals to be had. I ended up doing a very thorough sweep of all the “important” racks and a second pass through the blouse rack to check on specifics I had remembered to look for.

I even took a large load of items to the changeroom, as you know, I do not often do. And all but one of the dresses were too small. Curiously deceiving but just as well.

SWS Skirt H&M Dress


1. Lace skirt by Streetwear Society
2. Beautiful cream dress with belt by H&M

George Sweater Forever 21 Blouse


3. Sweater top by George
4. Black and white key print blouse by Forever 21

Ottawa Thrifting – Round 2!

I spent my Sunday up in Ottawa once again checking out what a few Value Village stores had to offer before heading to a concert in Burnstown. It was rather successful if I do say so! I found a super cute vintage dress I plan to alter and a few vibrant skirts!

H&M SkirtOrange Splatter Dress

1. Purple and pink floral skirt by H&M
2. Orange and blue splatter print top, no label

Vintage Dress Urban Behaviour

3. Vintage dress by Quintieri
4. Brown and gold sparkle knit sweater by Urban Behaviour

George Beechers Brook Skirt

5. Orange blouse by George
6. Floral pencil skirt by Beecher’s Brook