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Affordable Jewellery

jewelleryebay I know my claim to fame is thrift and all things second hand, but on the rare occasion, sometimes finding a bargain can be found in “real” stores, or in this case online. I am above all else bound by a budgeted lifestyle.

I go a few months forgetting all about the wonders of eBay. It can be wonderful and deadly at the same time. If you are looking for bright statement jewellery for a fraction of the retail price you might as well go direct to the source and skip the middle man. When using eBay, you can set your search parametres so that you can’t accidentally agree to pay a price you are not comfortable with.

My search criteria is strictly based on price and free shipping. I absolutely will not pay for shipping (there are thousands of sellers overseas that offer free shipping to Canada) as Canadian shipping is completely outrageous. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever tried to ship something here or order from a Canadian retailer. My maximum price range is anywhere from $3 to $5. To be safe I set it at $4 usually and click my free shipping.

The next thing I do is change the sort feature to show me only items ending soon as I for one, want to know my odds of winning an auction. Yes you can “Buy It Now” but a lot of times you can get it cheaper if you chance it on an auction. I don’t necessarily win them all as a neat necklace might start at .99 cents but climb to $8. To me that isn’t worth it. I put my maximum bid at whatever I feel it is worth and am willing to pay.

Now looking at this image I had posted on Instagram, I asked my followers what piece they thought was most expensive and least expensive. There is a bangle in there that is 925 silver stamped… but believe it or not the most expensive piece was the silver rhinestone bracelet for $5 and the black triangle necklace for .99 cents. The rest were roughly between $1.50 and $3.

Big Buddha Poncho

Rose Sparkle PonchoNow the idea of this month is to shop in one’s own closet, however there are a few exceptions to the rule – its damn near impossible to do a “no-shop” when you work in fashion retail!! 🙂

Although I have been practising being very brutal with myself, thinking over items for considerable time before making a decision: Will I wear this? Is it worth the price? Will it go with what I already own? How unique is it? Asking ourselves questions like this any time we are shopping is a great way to make your budget that much easier. Our homes are full of things we don’t need, impulse buys and things we should have returned to the store. All in all we shouldn’t be so lazy, think before you do things that effect your cash flow.

Rose Sparkle PonchoI slipped up at the store (for my No Shop September) when this poncho style top came in, but everything about it screams me: the rosey coral tones, the hint of sparkle, the unique-edgy-ness of it all. For $10 I thought it would be a good idea to snatch up something to wear to work when the season starts to change.

Thrift Gone Wild

Leopard PrintLeopard Print

Now in working at a consignment store we receive a wide variety of clothing and I’ve seen things you can’t imagine that people still have shoved in their closets. I have always rolled my eyes when velvet and animal prints show their ugly faces in the backroom. The ladies love them (a certain generation of course) but they really do love the wild prints and fabrics.

During my latest half price day thrifting trip in Ottawa I discovered this leopard print top by H&M. Naturally I just seem to love everything that is H&M – I now laugh when I’m drawn to something “Oh look, its H&M, go figure!” This top should never have caught my eye. With everything I believe in my interest in this top makes no sense. Unless of course, my age is becoming apparent and I’ve hit that age where (gasp!) I am being attracted to prints like this!

Haha in all seriousness though, I was surprised at how much I liked the top, but we must also take into consideration the feel, the cut, the print itself and naturally the styling of said top to keep it fresh and modern.

I surprised a lot of people when I arrived at work wearing this top, gold jewellery and vibrant coral red shorts. It was really fun but also very unique!

Laundry by Shelli Segal

Laundry by Shelli Segal Laundry by Shelli Segal

It’s not often I thrift only one item, but who could pass up a gem like this?! There was a dress consigned at the Store a month ago that had a unique chain print on it, although I wasn’t a fan of the dress I was interested in the print that was on it. As I was doing a quick pass through the dresses at Value Village I happened to notice a unique print that completely grabbed my eye.

Although it isn’t actually a chain design, it gives the illusion but with added gold and peach colouring. Once again I wanted to make it slightly longer so using the same cream coloured lace as I used in my H&M Bow Print Skirt, I added a very sweet trim to the bottom that seemed to continue the mixed print flow.

Now to wear the dress to work for the first time I wanted to tone it down and make it easier to do all the up-down lifting and walking around. I’ve never actually had the opportunity to wear this 3/4 sleeve navy blue knit top from the GAP until now! It has a very cute shoulder button detail too which is a nice touch.

I added a belt with gold buckle to create more shape and of course, added some gold necklaces for bling!

Biker Chic

Biker Chic Biker Chic


I have this fascination with leather-esque jackets, especially this high neck, cropped waistline style. It’s the new age biker look that gives this edge, I almost want to say “badass” contrast to anything you’re wearing. Amanda asked me the other night what would work as a jacket for a black sequined dress – my first thought was something like this. Not so easy to find if you’re on a time crunch and you want it that night, but if you’ve got it in the back of your mind to look for you’re bound to find something sooner or later.

Lately Value Village has been tormenting me… in a good way. I have been trying to arrive at a confident place with my “outerwear” wardrobe which would include coats and jackets. It makes my life easier when I can open the closet and just grab the exact coat I need for the outfit – such as having a jacket in each neutral colour. I have successfully found a black and light pink leather jacket which I find goes with so much. I recently found a brown pleather jacket to go with them and last night I found this super cool cropped biker style jacket.

I basically wear a jacket all day long at work as my office is cold most of the time – so I can’t really have too many! Lately at VV I have seen these jackets in all kinds of colours! From hot pink to black to brown to a bizarre almost Easter-like purple! They don’t always fit, sometimes they are in rough shape and more often than not I just don’t want to spend the cash. But this little number I thought was really unique, not to mention comfortable and for only $7?!