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Ottawa Thrift Trip

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I have skipped plenty of Value Village half price weekends this year as sometimes thrifting loses its thrill when the price points start creeping up and I don’t see the value in it. Last weekend I decided to spontaneously treat myself to a morning away (as in a two hour drive) to Ottawa to hit up the Value Village circuit for the Super Saver’s half price day. I like to be there for 10:00am when it opens that way I can get a cart and the clothing isn’t absolutely everywhere as per my second stop an hour later.

ottawa3 By the time I get in there are already women rummaging through every row so I get in line as it were and start the plunge. I thrift to resell far easier than I thrift for myself. I know at this stage of the game what will sell the fastest and what the women in Kingston are looking for. Mainly tops, bright prints and clean lines. I spent $180 in the first location I stopped at, which is over $300 in product, roughly $3 per item! The most expensive item I bought was $20, so I paid $10… I flipped this wonderful item at the store within two days to bring home a $40 profit!

I was hoping to turn a profit on a Kathy van Zeeland bag I found for $6… unfortunately even after examining it I realize the shiny finish was completely peeling away. Can’t imagine how I would have missed it in the store as I comb through everything after discovering these items. Sadly not much you can do but shrug your shoulders and toss it.

I have two favourite finds at the end of this haul: a nameless white lace long sleeved mini dress and a vibrant neon print dress by Sandra Angelozzi. I paid $3 for the white number and wore it the next day, I had not expected it to even remotely fit but my gosh its a beauty!

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The neon print dress the cashier commented on how she loved it but donated it because the top was too gappy on her – it was on me too always is! So in the early hours of the morning before work I took it up in the shoulders as I so often do and it fits like a dream. After wearing it over the course of a regular busy work day I discovered it is not so good for bending!! I checked out the brand online and Sandra Angelozzi dresses range in the upwards of $200 ballpark! Not bad for $6!

March Thrifting Trip


The beauty of being just a two hour drive from a major city is a lot more options for a half price day shopping excursion! This time I was accompanied by my mother (and assistant photographer!) Value Village’s half price sale was this past Monday and what a gorgeous day for it! Sunshine, clear dry roads and not too many traffic complaints. Save for the occasional: “What the hell is this guy doing?!” remark.

This trip was more focused on finding new spring product for the Store rather than my own interests but I did find a couple real gems including these amazing ankle boots! I am not able to read the label on them but you’d be surprised how comfortable they are. I think my smile doubled in size when I saw that they were a 6! Can you believe these were only $5?!

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All they needed was a little TLC, easily achieved by painting up the toes to make them crisp and new! Now I’m very excited for warmer weather so I can wear them around!

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!

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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

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

Thrifting in Ottawa

On Saturday I had the morning to myself for thrifting at new Value Village locations on route. My first stop was a fantastic one located in Nepean on Clyde Avenue. I thoroughly enjoyed this location as the product was in great supply and quite unique. They had quite a few brands such as Forever 21 that have a more one of a kind feel to them.

I then went to a Value Village located on Bank Street. This one was smaller than the first, a little more sloppy. Much like the shop I frequented in Calgary, this store required more employees or a regular maintainer crew as there appeared to be almost as much on the floor as there was hanging. No luck with shoes or dresses but I did find a couple neat pieces.

I had time for one more location, this one near the Saint Laurent mall. Again not as satisfying as the first although I did snag a super cute skirt and peach blouse. This parking lot irritated me before I got into the building. I sat for ten minutes in my car unable to move due to the old man parked beside me. He took so long to unload his bag into his back seat (propping his door open against my drivers side mirror). I waited hoping he would finally finish so I could open my door. At long last he opened his drivers door, at this point still oblivious that I was trapped in my car. You had to know it took him just as long to sit in his car to adjust himself in his chair before even considering shutting his door. Finally I lept out of my door and was inside the building before his engine turned over!

“Since this is such a serious case of old…” – Futurama

I did find some unique pieces over the course of the morning including a cream knit Ecote top, a Valia mini skirt and a pair of nude sparkle flats! I was a bit disheartened thinking about the price difference between Kingston and the big city. As the cashier rang in my purchases I was blown away by the huge bag and small amount owing = great deals plus a 30% off coupon!