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Tips for Thrift Shopping


If you cannot view the video above, please check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwYxutG-jJg

The number one question a thrift-lover is asked on a regular basis is: “How do you ever find anything?!” The thing about thrifters is we don’t see these shops as gross, we look past the scent lingering in the air from unwashed clothing, we see the limitless potential in every piece we see. The fun is in the search, the reward is discovering that magical piece whether its clothing, home decor or furniture. In these stores it is all one of a kind and to me, that’s something special.

I’ve watched plenty of YouTube videos and read plenty of blogs regarding the do’s and don’ts of thrift shopping. They all have similar points but a few I would disagree with based on how I go about it.

Try it on or wear your thrifting uniform

I used to load up a cart with items that looked like they would fit, I was pretty certain I was about this size and if not well I didn’t spend much so it’s okay. Its this attitude that gets you spending and wasting. More recently I have been taking the time to try things on, even if its just over top of my clothing. Now I don’t have a thrifting uniform (leggings, tank top as your base layers with easy to slip off shoes) I just go after work so whatever I’m wearing is how it is. Granted, this doesn’t make it easy usually for trying things on – so I have to really love it before I go through the effort in the change room.

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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!

Vlog: Value Village Half Price Day Thrift Haul

If you cannot view the video above please check it out on YouTube:
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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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

The 2015 Thrift Challenge

As discussed in my post regarding Patrice’s Thrifty Threads 365 challenge, I would like to begin one of my own. In her version, she has a monthly budget of $50 and can only shop thrift for the year. Now where we differ is that I don’t ever shop in retail stores so compared to most fashionistas I’m already one up. I can only imagine that most of my would-be savings goes into thrift as I use it as a form of relaxation and therapy (shop therapy!) – which is also the opposite of Patrice.

I thought for my “challenge” I would set the parameters a little differently to suit my lifestyle and interests. Outlined as follows:

1. Limit store visits. Up until now I would go thrifting several times a week, sometimes finding things I had to have – sometimes nothing at all. If you go too often you will keep seeing the same things but if you wait a few days there will be some exciting new treasures. My goal this year is to only thrift by myself on Thursdays (Thrifty Thursday!) but I’m not restricting that to not going if someone else asks me to join them.

2. $80 per month limit. As this is my first challenge I’m not totally sure what goal to set for my limit. $50 is plenty if you are only planning to go once a month, but I feel that by going weekly (and not being limited to clothing) a higher budget might be in order. My goal will be to spend less each month.

3. Report money earned back. I do have it easy in this respect as I work at a consignment store and have the ability to earn back some of the money spent by consigning my unwanted clothing in the store. On the other hand, there is greater temptation in my career because I am presented with fabulous items regularly. I would like to keep a monthly record of income generated from rotating my closet.

You can follow my challenge posts on Instagram with the hashtag: #thriftlovechallenge

Let’s make this a great year of smart thrift and strong budgeting!

 

Discovering Endeavour

Navy Lace DressAs you may have noticed I have been away for most of October this year, an exciting adventure fell into my lap and it was simply an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I spent two weeks touring Cairns, Australia! Now for those of you in Ontario like myself, you can imagine its a long haul – 4 full days of flying and transfers as you can imagine.

Once settled I realized on day one that my summer dresses suitable for Ontario were not going to cut it here due to the powerful 30+ degree sunshine as their season changes to spring. It was something I did not even consider, the fact that our temperatures (although Ontario does get up to that warm in the summer) would be a completely different type of heat. I spent a fair amount of solo exploring time on the trip, excited to see if there were any nearby local markets or thrift shops I could check out.

On my first venture out I found Vinnie’s which in Kingston is known as St. Vincent de Paul Society. Although a very small shop with the expected thrift shop scent, I did find some neat items that were priced under $6.00 with no tax. On that note, one of my favourite things about being in Cairns was not having to calculate tax on every purchase!

EndeavourI popped into a local travel shop to ask about other possible shops in the area to which they responded with two. One block down was a boutique supporting individuals with disabilities called Endeavour and another a few more blocks down the street called Lifeline. I instantly fell in love with Endeavour, not only the size of the store, but the modern signage making it easy to find.

I spent most of my spending cash in this store I will admit. The prices were excellent, the clothing was unique and it was clean! Although the staff informed me that most of their product is purchased from last season’s stock from stores in Europe, the US and Canada, I was still thoroughly impressed at the variety. They had a couple racks dedicated to brand new Zara stock, priced at about a third of the retail tag.

On my first trip I picked up this navy blue lace dress. In typical Pam-fashion, I didn’t try it on in the store but man is it comfortable! What I didn’t realize about the dress, due to the lack of full length mirror in our hotel room, how short it was! But fear not, I’m on holiday and I don’t care! I wore it to one of our excursions called the Ultimate Party Bus – and no we only made it half way through before decided 10:00pm was bedtime!

Zara BlouseThe shimmery gold clutch I picked up from a cute shop named Red Ginger (and yes I wanted to buy something from them based on the name!) went perfectly with my outfit for the evening. On my last available shopping day in Cairns I popped back in to thank the ladies for having such a great shop and how I will certainly miss it when I leave. They had just put out new stock including this blue silky print top by Zara that I couldn’t pass up. It was an extra large, but I never pay attention to labels or sizes, and could wear it easily as a dress. It instantly became my favourite find of the trip. Sadly now that I’m heading into winter in Canada I won’t see much of it until the warm weather returns.

No Shop September

In being active on Instagram, I came across a girl promoting No Shop September. I did some googling but didn’t find all that much so I gather its a relatively new idea that isn’t overly popular. But it is actually quite a brilliant idea, to challenge yourself and be satisfied with what you already have in your closet. This isn’t to say you can’t buy anything at all as that’s really hard for those of us that thrift as a form of relaxation and de-stress!

In my search for more information on this challenge I came across this blog post by Amber at Fashion, Floss and Lip Gloss. The concept fascinates me and as I prepare for a trip to Australia next month, I thought this would be an excellent time to try my luck! I like the idea of shopping in your closet. I do rotate my closet a lot, what I’m not wearing I recycle whether it be through consignment or donation. The pieces I really like I keep and wear. But I am fully capable of letting go of things I just like the idea of, but really don’t suit me.

But this idea doesn’t have to be September only, but pick a month and see how long you can go without being tempted by things you don’t need!