Surprises at Value Village

I’m not normally a fan of thrift shopping at Value Village. I mostly wear dresses and VV is double the price of Frenchy’s. I tend to stick to browsing the nick knacks and praying for Pyrex finds.

Since I’ve been purging a lot of my clothing over the past couple of months, I’ve whittled my dresses down to what I feel like is none. I thought I would browse the dresses, just incase. Half way through I felt like giving up. Nothing in my size, and I didn’t know what I was looking for. Not to mention everything was ugly or overpriced and from Old Navy. I saw a homemade vintage dress for $49!!! Insane. Shameful! I just wanted to leave. There was nothing for me. Because I was trying to kill time, I started looking through the next smaller size. That’s when I hit the jackpot. Although I’m a loooong way off from a size small, I found two small dresses that fit me. Umm.. hello vanity sizing.

I love this first one, denim and white leopard print might not be for everyone, but it embodies everything I love! It’s by the brand Dex and was $7.99 plus 30% off. Thrifted dex denim and leopard dress

Next I found this Aritzia dress that I had already purchased before from a consignment shop. I believe it was regularly $130 or something, I paid $80 secondhand (it was new with tags and I thought it said $60) eventually I consigned it back to them. An easy sale. So, for $14.99 plus 30% off I thought I could at least reconsign it. It’s burnt out velvet, swing style.Burnt out velvet Aritzia dressLastly I found a cute Pete’s Frootique reusable tote bag. It was .69 cents plus 30%. I actually already had the little pouch it folds down into. I didn’t take a picture because who cares!

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Zero Waste Thrifting

After a long, hard week I decided I could use some thrifting time. I had a small list of things I wanted to find and set out. First to Value Village (I had a 30% coupon) and then the Salvation Army. I found most of the things, including 2 Marie Kondo ‘life changing magic of tidying up’ books. The woman beside me asked if I’ve read it, and she’s been wanting to find it too, then asked if she could have the other one. Of course! I’m not buying both. Happy to help someone else also find what they’re looking for. I was also looking for fliptop jars to use for buying bulk products at the Bulk Barn. I found these at the Salvation Army for $1 each. I also found two new, black Ikea tea towels $1 for both. I picked up a resable black cotton tote bag for $1.50 and a blue and white stripe tea towel for .48 cents. I didn’t need another purse, defiantly not two. But this lableless black leather bag had to come home with me. ($5.59) I love handmade looking leather bags. I also saw this cute little Roots purse. Basically it can only hold my phone and a few cards. Will be good for shopping or traveling. This was free, the cashier didn’t scan it through. I only noticed this when I got home. Oops. Sorry Value Village. It would have been $10. The last thing I picked up at Value Village was this Roots sweater ($7.69) Another oatmeal sweater to add to my basics collection! While I was hunting around the Salvation Army, I noticed a lot of Zara items that still had tags. It looks like Zara donated a buch of returns and damaged items that they couldn’t sell. I got this Zara knit sweater (regular $49) for $10. I had to sew up the arm, but it looks good as new! 

Home Goods Thrift Haul

I initially went to the thrift store to find candles to fit a votive a friend gave me. I did find some, plus a bag of IKEA tea lights but that’s boring. Let’s talk about the other things I found while I was there! First off is this Friendship patterned refrigerator dish. I’ve pretty much stopped my vintage Pyrex addiction, but what’s one more for old times sake? Friendship pattern Pyrex Vintage Pyrex – $5.99

Next thing I didn’t need was this little Betsy Johnson makeup bag. I love the cream and black sorta polka dot pattern. I only picked it up because it was .69 cents Betsy Johnson black and cream makeup bagLastly I found this fabric swatch of barns of Nova Scotia by Kat Frick Miller. I love locally made things, and I’m always lusting over Kat’s tea towels at craft markets. I’m going to finish the edges and maybe use it? It might be too pretty to use. Originally her tea towels are $25. I got this one for $1.49. Kat frick miller barns of Nova Scotia tea towel If you want to check out other work by Kat, here’s a link to her Instagram page. Kat frick miller instagram

Also, I had a 10% coupon, so my total thrift cost was around $11.00. Locally made items plus vintage Pyrex at thrifty prices are my favourite things! 

Value Village Thrift Haul

Today I had planned to go on a hike, but Mother Nature changed the plans a bit. Instead, we spent a rainy afternoon searching through racks at Value Village’s 50% off sale. First, I picked up this Cheap Monday wool sweater dress ($4.50). The style is called “Oregon” and I love it. Next, and not very exciting, is this black Zara knit cardigan ($5.50). Always need a black cardigan.  I also found this super soft (and tagless) scarf vest thing ($4.50). I think it will be easy to dress up.Next up, this leather purse! I do not need more purses, but this The Sak purse was buttery soft and I really liked the details. Plus it was only $5.00. So why even bother resisting. Next, and I think my favourite, are these pink woven espadrilles from J Crew. They only cost me a cool $2.00. Lastly, I picked up a few non-sale items. Jewellery for the holiday season. And of course, a plant pot for $3.00 because I always need a good plant pot.Total damage: $33.83 

Quick Value Village Thrift Trip 

I really wanted a large wicker plant pot. I’ve visited IKEA a lot lately since it opened, and every time I eye ball the wicker pots and every time I walk away empty handed. It’s something I don’t really need, so I don’t feel like I can spend $30 on it. $2.99 is right around what I want to spend.  This is probably a waste basket but repurposing is one of my favourite things!I also bought this cute little ‘makers of wax goods‘ candle. I’ve been burning a lot of candles lately too, so for $1, why not. Their candles are nice.

Rise & Shine

I did a little simple thrifting this weekend.  No clothes at Frenchy’s, but did score this mug for 50 cents from cute couple company Morning Culture (originally $16 USD).  On the way back to the city I stopped into Value Village and found this butter crock. I always wanted one, hopefully it lives up to the soft butter hype. 

thrifted picture frame

The Thrift Store is my Mall

The only shopping I enjoy more than thrifting is shopping at local craft markets. It just so happens my favourite market was this weekend! I bought the cutest print, I can’t help myself, I love good wall art. The only issue is that now I need a frame. No frame? No problem! In comes my trusty thrift store to save the day. I waltzed in and found the perfect one right off the bat.  All I had to do was see past the ugly picture that was in it. I wish I had taken a before photo, but just imagine something unoriginal and generic glued to foam board.

A little muscle and $10 later my print has a home. Now all I have to do is find wall space to hang it.

 While on my way to the frame section I quickly scanned the jewellery case.  I found the cutest JCrew double necklace. Did I need it? Heck no, but it was $8.00 so instead of standing around having a mental debate I just bought it.