Monthly Consignment Update

I thought this year I would try tracking my purchases and consignment income a little more closely based on the success of my first year of the “Thrift Challenge“.

Thrift Spending:

Value Village half price sale purchases total:
January 10th – $160 Belleville ($100 in consignment-worthy goods)
January 11th – $38 Kingston
January 20th – $56

Total purchases: $254

Consignment Income:

January 4 through 10th – $105
January 11 through 17th – $37
January 18th through 24th – $70
January 25th through 31st – $137

Total income: $349

Number of items consigned: 55

Consignment Income $349 – Spending $254 = Month End Balance $95


This year I will be lowering my monthly spending goal to $70 per month with the exception of months where a half price sale is applicable as I take this as an opportunity to collect items for resale and therefore income! Sadly to start out the new year I painfully failed my goal, damn you half price days!

Appropriate Work Attire


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I had written an extensive article (or rant) two years ago about the importance of dressing appropriately in the post: Dress For The Job You Want. I referred to the job hunters I was seeing come into the shop as “looking like they rolled out of bed, as if they didn’t mean to go out in public they were simply doing their laundry at home…” On to explain that “yoga” pants are not dress pants, they are meant for… wait for it… YOGA!

As a clothing store we are trying as employees to be fashionable, knowledgeable as to what to wear with different items that we stock. As a manager, its exceptionally frustrating to try to communicate this simple idea to staff: You must look the part! I find as a society we care less and less about our appearance and feel that if we simply show up to our jobs that that’s good enough. As if the employer or business should be thankful that you showed up at all to help them out. You know what I think? Its not about them, its about YOU. Do you want customers to question whether or not you are an employee? Have your employer looking you up and down trying to be polite but really wishing you would take a hint that you need to dress more appropriately?
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How to Hem Jeans

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3_lYrfOSN0

I went through all my blog posts and was surprised to see I haven’t posted a tutorial on how to hem your jeans or pants! I have done this basic tutorial in the form of a YouTube video so that you can follow step by step how I change my pants to be slightly shorter. I find most women do not sew anything for themselves, let alone alter their own pants to fit. Unless you’re buying new you can’t pick and chose the length of your jeans! Most times I end up with pants that are way too long. The only time I don’t have to alter them is the boyfriend or cropped style which is mean to be capri length.

I hope you find this tutorial useful! Be warned if you are highly trained in the art of sewing, I do not use correct terminology – technique or fancy bells and whistles. This is a basic, beginner tutorial to get by!

Glamour in a cozy sweater!

Last night we celebrated my good friend Holly’s birthday with a lovely dinner at Greek Islands followed by drinks at the pub. I have never eaten at that restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised! Since switching to my pescetarian diet I’ve been a lot more conscious about what I am putting into my body and focused more on smaller portions and more vegetables. To be honest I was a little concerned when I started reading the menu and most things were deep fried or breaded. I ended up with a really nice vegetable plate with garlic shrimp! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a unique place to eat.

jan16final1I wasn’t totally sure what the plan for the evening would be if it was just going to be dinner, if we would end up going dancing afterward or maybe just end up hanging out at a pub. My choice of clothing for these would all be different so I had to settle on a look that was both warm (its -10 degrees!) fashionable and dressy as we are celebrating! I picked up this gorgeous sage green knit tunic by Bench on Friday at The Revolving Door. Normally Bench fits very small so I was pretty excited to see it was a medium. Lo-and-behold it is fitted in the arms and around the bottom but loose in the middle for added comfort.

I spent the afternoon playing with false eyelashes after watching a few tutorials on YouTube explaining that they weren’t the easiest thing but quite fun for a night out. I was determined to figure it out as the ones I had bought for Cuba ended up in the garbage with no luck. As it turns out you need to trim them as they are made quite large! I had no idea. jan16final2So these ones I purchased from Walmart for $6, the brand Ardell was recommended by Shaaanxo I had to trim about three times to get the size closer to what I needed. I bought a clear glue to apply by the same company. I have not mastered the timing and placement – the videos said to do your eye makeup first, but I cannot get it to stick if I do that… You need to let it dry a little bit before applying which is where I struggled, either it was too wet or too dry and wouldn’t take. I found I had luck with one edge but not the other so a little more practice will be required next time.

I was also informed today by a friend who is a Stella & Dot rep that this necklace I thrifted in the summer is actually the Silver Medallion Bib Necklace “Medina” by Stella & Dot which retails for $98! I won’t break your hearts by telling you what I paid but I can assure you I now consider it one of my best finds!

 

A Great Business Suit

jan15-final To explain professional attire we used to say, “look at what the girls at the bank are wearing” until it became a casual environment. In the last ten years, or as I would call it “the era of yoga pants and sweats” we are seeing less and less interest in our appearance. As a child I didn’t know exactly what job title I wanted, I simply wanted to have a position of status where I needed to wear a suit… to this day I love the look, so classy and professional. Any time I have walked into a bank I expect to see this but I rarely do. Financial advisers and I’m sorry to say it, any male staff are in my opinion the only ones dressed appropriately for the level of status I feel their job title has.

Everything now is worn tight, assuming spandex and stretch makes it more comfortable – forgetting the amount of rolls it creates. Dress pants are no longer a staple but rather yoga pants tucked into boots. These are meant for athletics, at home, running errands on your day off perhaps… but trying to pass them off as work attire? Seriously. There was a young hire at a job I had a few years ago and she was showing up in yoga pants and a blazer with dressy flats. The Lululemon logo was painfully bright for me to not notice. Although it was not my place to say a word about dress code I just continued to wear my dresses and business suits. The day finally came when she wore black “toe” shoes that people where for barefoot running. This is right next door to running shoes folks. I decided it was time to inform the owner of the lack of dress code – but before the words came out of my mouth he beat me to it. Thank goodness.

jan15-final2 A business suit is not hard to find, even in thrift or consignment you can get a beautiful tailored suit with no bells and whistles that matches any blouse you have – for a fraction of the cost new. This beauty fits to a T without much in the way of alteration. I am not really big on long sleeved blazers so I created a small hem to bring the arms in a little shorter to expose my wrists – great for wearing bangles! The pants were painfully long on me so I added a simple hem to the bottom so I wouldn’t be walking all over the bottoms.

Its comfortable and works well with so many blouses I already have in my closet. Easy for any style or look you want to create. Pair it up with heels or flats, jewellery and accessories and voila you have yourself a very professional suit and look the part!

Vlog: Value Village Half Price Day Thrift Haul

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjUk-RFWINA

I consider this thrifting trip to be quite successful however as always some things are better left on the hanger or for another body shape. I was excited for a couple pieces that I do not feel were all that flattering which is completely okay, you don’t have to win them all! I styled up a select few pieces from this haul quickly to show them off but I’ve gone into more detail below as to which are yay’s or nay’s!

The Yay’s
Taupe Joe Fresh Skirt ($3.50)
Blush Forever 21 Dress ($6.50)
Pink Dynamite Blazer ($5.00)
Ivory Calvin Klein blouse ($4.50)
Peach Forever 21 top ($3.00)
Grey Emma & Michelle dress ($10.00)
Turquoise Forever 21 dress ($3.00)
Coral Forever 21 skirt ($5.00)
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Vlog: Half Price Day in Belleville!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElwgeP6HbMQ

On Sunday January 10th during the all-day down pour my sister and I ventured off to nearby town Belleville, Ontario to check out the Value Village there for “Half Price Day”! Now I have mentioned a few times in the past that I believe Kingston has its own idea of appropriate pricing compared to other locations, this trip was no different as I was blown away at the prices of average mall brands (ie: Reitmans, Rickis, Smart Set) for just $5.99 whereas Kingston would start them at $9.99!

Stay tuned for the rest of the haul!

Vlog: Thrift Haul #2 – Salvation Army

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlHv4zQD4hI

I did not start out my day with thrift shopping in mind, quite honestly I knew the Value Village 50% off days were coming up so I thought I should behave. While I was out running errands (on a Saturday – gasp!) I thought seeing as I had time I would stop in and check out the prices at the local Salvation Army. Although it has improved greatly I find it to be a challenging place to shop.

For me the low prices would make up for the difficulty of searching through racks. Its a smaller shop than Value Village, but it seems to be organized in just basics: women’s tops, women’s pants, dresses… As much as I am not big on sizes and labels I do find it far more calming to shop when you start in one size and gradually work to another. They have standard pricing for the most part, most tops were $4.50 from what I could tell – which is still a great price but a challenge to find!

The pricing as I’ve said before, is not what it used to be when I shopped as a child – before “thrifting” was cool. A top would be $1, $2… you would leave with a full bag! Now you have to decide between this and that to keep it under $10. Quite sad really that the charity based shops had to pump prices up to compete with the big leagues.

Christmas Eve on the Beach

In light of the past year with working two jobs and the amount of responsibility I have obtained I was not sure when I would have an opportunity to go on holiday. People had been saying “just go” but its not as easy as that because around the holiday season the rates of all the resorts skyrocket! I was looking at the Valentin Perla Blanca in Santa Maria, Cuba which is an adult resort (something I had never tried) and was upwards of $900 for 4 nights. The second downfall of travel (at any time) is that for one person the price is at least $200 more than if its for two people, which I feel is so unfair.

However this particular resort I had been watching on SellOffVacations.com and the price dropped three times the Friday before I planned to leave so I thought “Yes! This is it!” I left on December 21st the Monday before Christmas and returned Christmas Day around 3pm. What an amazing holiday, my first completely alone and I loved every minute of it. Because I could go on forever I’m just going to let you know about the outfits!

xmascuba1Now I know I preach that I never buy new, but this tank top was part of my charitable donation this year to TenTree. I purchased their mystery bag which includes 5 random articles of clothing in a size of your choice. I ordered mediums just to be safe! This tank was my favourite and I thought it would be a great style for just walking down to the beach.

The second outfit is one of two dresses that I only wear on holiday it seems! They are on the short side so that may have something to do with it – but they are just the easiest pull on dress that hang away from the body in the heat. And wouldn’t you know it, from Streetwear Society (a cheap mall brand) that I paid about $5 for!
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A Year of Thrift

thriftlovetrip3 Just to refresh ourselves on my goal: Every month I would track my additional income through consignment as well as my spending in thrift. I gave myself a budget of $80 per month to shop with.

Some months I notice I was able to stick to my goal easily, others when I had felt more work stress, I would not. At least my stress is dealt with in thrift rather than ice cream! I also allowed my budget to be more lax when it was a 50% off sale day at Value Village OR it was a seriously impressive item I am not likely to find again.
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My First Vlog!

As I’m sure you can guess I didn’t have any choice of thumbnail for the preview of this video – sadly you need to build up a subscriber base in order to use a variety of functions on YouTube! Oh well this is all a learning curve! New for 2016 I am breaking into the unique world of YouTube and video blogging, with a new camera and wardrobe setup, I’m pretty excited to see where this takes me!

Now, enjoy my crazy facial expressions in this nerve-racking introductory vlog!

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