I may have forgotten my Daily Digs post this morning so I took two snapshots at work because of this blouse. Its very unique, as per the usual – found at Value Village on one of my first trips here in Medicine Hat. It’s a miserable snowy-slushy day today so I’ve gone more casual with a simple brown cardigan, jeans and tall brown boots. The blouse however is a lovely fleshtone tan with ruffles around the arm holes, gathered at the waist and beautiful sparkled embroidery around the neckline.
This is such a unique top that is actually NOT thrift, but a serious deal in the sale department. There is a store in Toronto, downtown on Queen Street West called Spoof. A little hole in the wall with two racks and nothing but sales off their already super cheap clothing. Now you don’t go in here looking for a super fine quality – the fabrics are thin and usually not about quality but rather price.
Having said that, this particular top is a knit off the shoulder sweater with lace strips in the front. I fell in love with the colour instantly, not to mention I’m a sucker for off the shoulder tops. It was $5. Pamela was very quickly sold on the idea. Also it reminds me of Toronto and my favourite memories of living there. Its a great accent piece to go with my antique brass necklace, bracelet and earring set I made with beads from my last bead store trip. Not often to do I keep jewellery for myself but these I made specifically for me. Love!
And no, as a final note, the rolled cuff was not a fashion forward thought but rather the fact that these pants are too long.
I was super stoked to find out that Value Village was offering a pre-sale on Sunday for card holders instead of waiting for Monday’s public 50% off sale. I ended up parking illegally alongside several others as they still have not removed the mounds of ice and snow from weeks ago when it was actually winter in Medicine Hat. So a few parking spots were not available for use and their parking lot is way too small for the amount of shoppers!
I wasn’t there that long, I simply weaved through the areas I was most interested in such as the footwear, furniture, home decor and this time bedding. I only have one set of sheets for this new bed so I wanted to find some additional soft sheets as a backup so I could do laundry! I managed to find two of the fabric I was looking for (that stretchy soft tshirt fabric!) which ended up being about $6 for the two. Score!
In the shoe section I scored two pairs of super sweet low heel/wedge black shoes! Will post pics of those soon! Only $6 for two pairs of shoes… can’t beat that, especially in my size!
On the way to this Value Village adventure I realized my wallet was disintegrating, a not so surprising result with buying already heavily used wallets via thrift – but I got a good 6 months or so out of this one. I picked out a really neat robin’s egg blue wallet, flat with nice shape for only $3.99 – so I paid less than $2! I realized when I got home it was genuine leather too! Alongside this wallet I snagged a brand new Lug travel purse in bright orange for only $9.99! I only paid $5!
I picked up two dresses I had been eye-balling for a while as they were less than $5 by the end, and one top that I thought was super cute!
I didn’t sleep at all last night, just tossed and turned despite adding a boxspring to the set finally after a month of sleeping basically on the floor. I was relieved to finally find one that was cheap and not $100+! This one was only $20 and would certainly do the trick.
Luckily my new friend Dan was willing to assist me in the pickup, delivery and installation! The man asked if I wanted to wait for my hubby to assist me… Pam stops dead in her tracks… Haha instead of correcting him I just smiled and said “Oh no that’s okay I’ll just have a look at it first while he’s clearing out the truck.” This is not a Dharma & Greg situation, I’ve known Dan for two weeks!
So it became apparent I was pretty useless in helping Dan carry the boxspring up the stairs – I ended up just holding the door while he used his man-powers. Felt bad but they don’t make things with a ridge or handles! I didn’t know how to grab onto this thing… not to mention I thought it was really heavy and he just sort of laughed at me. Oh well!
It’s finally Friday and once again not trying to do anything too crazy with my outfit… except for wanting to wear this awesome lime green necklace for the first time! I picked it up a couple months ago from The Revolving Door along with a few others of equal vibrancy! Its made of all tiny (not to mention irritating) seed beads! And no, I definitely did not make this piece – I don’t have the tolerance for that!
I wanted to wear something rich in colour, potentially blue. I have a couple royal blue dresses that I often wear as tops, as well as this sheer bright blue irregular one I got for $5 at Spoof the last time I was downtown Toronto. The dresses were a failure, one is too big (I have since thrown it in the donate pile) and the other I need more time to sort out the styling of. So I elected to go with the tried and true: sheer blue with basic black tights, cardigan and tank top underneath paired with a thin black sparkle belt.
When I first put this outfit together I instantly thought kindergarten teacher or a mail order bride. There’s something both intriguing and sexy about the length of the skirt and the high rise waistline. I have since been informed there’s no way one could wear this outfit teaching young children! Fair enough.
I picked up this little tshirt at a Value Village half price sale one day that can only be worn with a high waisted skirt due to its huge lack of length! Unlike my typical style there is something unique and cheerful about it that draws me in. The knee length skirt is from the Revolving Door. Again paired up with the fantastic emerald green flats!
Today was a new thrift shopping adventure instigated by my new friend and coworker, Morgan. She asked if I liked “thrift” to which I laughed, and told me about a place called “The Post” downtown Medicine Hat that we could go to. To be perfectly honest I had driven by it a few times on route to other places but automatically assumed that was the name of their local newspaper. Evidently not!
Who knew I was missing out on another thrifting possibility! It was much like the old Goodwill, felt like a basement dwelling, lots of old fixtures and outdated clothing. I expected the prices to reflect the atmosphere, but when I started sifting through silk scarves (on my checklist for my mother) I saw the price tag was $6! Value Village is about $1.50 to $3.00 max. I did find one handbag that was only $2 which I thought was adorable.
It had a large furniture section which was disheartening as I had been searching for furniture when I first arrived with not much luck – thankfully there wasn’t anything that appealed to me. My bank account was saved!
My latest addition to Apartment 302 is this brown suedette sectional couch. I have never seen anything like it but according to the woman that sold it to me, its from Ikea. I highly doubt this but either way I just wanted it for the fit. It is completely separate sections, each with a storage base and top. You can style it any way that you like, so if I moved or wanted to change up my space, I could easily rearrange each piece.
I found this fantastic item on Kijiji in Medicine Hat. Kijiji is a wonderful resource for thrifters. Not only is the service free, but its available in basically every city I’ve ever encountered!
Stopped into Value Village on the way home today and lucked out with some fantastic finds!
2. Two lace scarves with vintage inspired trim and ball accents. One ivory and one sage.
3. Beautiful bright green handbag with removable shoulder strap. Mint condition what a gem!
4. Sleeveless lace overtop with peach and fuchsia floral print.
My favourite thing about Suite 2 is definitely my bedroom setup. It started out as my living room space, but after 6 months I decided to change up the decor in the whole apartment. So this is now the bedroom. Super cozy with built in white drawers, bench seat at the window and a sage green feature wall painted by yours truly. Commissioned my father to construct this beautiful DIY headboard out of recycled stairwell posts. Love it!
The turquoise shimmer bed topper was $7.99 from Value Village, sadly only a double size and my bed happens to be a queen! The matching pillow cases and accent pillows were also from the same place, found randomly over the summer months. I bought my first shower curtain at Walmart in my first Kingston apartment because I fell in love with the design. I hate to admit the silly thing cost me $24. Such a crazy price for something that hangs outside your shower that serves very little purpose except aesthetics I suppose. After a year it was not in the greatest condition and I didn’t want to use it at the new place (Suite 2) when I moved so I discussed altering them into decorative pillows with my mother, to which she said yes of course!
We combined two fabric shower curtains (beige waffle on one side, floral decal on the other) into a variety of unique throw pillows that sat in the window sill. On either side I placed a bunch of assorted vases I had collected over the years all surprisingly in the same colour palette!
I often sift through the dress rack from large to small, no particular reason for starting at one end over the other it’s just an interesting observation. I live to reconstruct dresses to it me so I suppose it comes from the simple fact of not being able to adjust dresses that are too small to begin with.
I found this dress at a half price sale as I was digging through the racks. I was completely intrigued by the print, so vibrant and unlike any I’d seen before. The Value Village tag guessed that it was a size 14… Let me just say there’s no way that dress was that big. It was a terrible style, boxy and shapeless. It appeared to be handmade based on the finish of the lining and no label.
I paid about $5 for it with the intent to redesign it. The project was relatively simple, I cut the sleeves off and repurposed them as a flare down the sides of the dress around the hip. The neckline was truly unique and I made light of it by folding the rough cut edge and creating a nice finish.
The dress is not finished to professional standards but no one (except you!) has any idea that it was once a gawdy dress from the 80′s. It is now one of my most appreciated pieces, paired with bronze strappy sandals and gold accessories for that extra pop.