Month: November 2015

Another Big Thank You!!

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So after exactly two months in existence, I have made it to over 500 subscribers and over 1000 views to my little blog, I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Thank you to you all who have my blog such a joy for me.

THANK YOU, Michele

Small 30% Off Thrift Haul!

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It may not seem relevant to this post, but I had to go to the dentist today to get moulds made of my teeth for a night guard.  I know, how glamourous!!  But because I am not fond of going to the Dentist in any way except that she is a very nice person, I figured a little self-bribery might help.  Oh, heck, I will just admit it, I have the day off and have been thinking all week about going to the thrift store….so I did.  Anyways, back to the point of this post, I have a small thrift haul, but tI got very lucky today and I had a 30% off coupon so my haul was an even bigger deal.  I will list the prices after the 30% off as I still have my receipt from Value Village.

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This first dress is homemade by someone with excellent tailoring skills, certainly much better than mine.  It is made of a beautiful stretchy, charcoal grey denim material.  It has a bubble skirt, cool pockets in the front, and is just a perfect dress at only $10.49.

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This next dress is from Old Navy and is a nice stretchy knit.  I love the little sailboat print and the colours, $3.49.  I know, crazy price, but that is what it was originally marked at $5.49.

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This multi-coloured blouse is from Calvin Klein and is a lovely satiny fabric with a beautiful print.  I can wear it with lots of things in most seasons.  A great find at $6.99.

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This black and white  blouse is from Cleo, at only $5.59.

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This top is from Banana Republic, I can wear it backwards or the regular way as it has cute buttons down the back, $8.39.

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This cream cable knit turtle-neck sweater is a great winter piece, $3.84.

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This colourful pink, orange and white dress is perfect for summer at only $5.59.

As you can see, the prices are kind of crazy, a Banana Republic short sleeve top was one of my most expensive finds, and an Old Navy dress was the cheapest.  But I am very happy with my finds and they will be washed up and ready to wear waiting on the appropriate season to come along.

Skirt with issues! #2

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This is another skirt refashion.  I know, I know, not another one.  But I really liked this skirt from the first moment I saw it, but it had issues.

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First the waistband was too tight, and second it had pleats in the front which made me look like I was about 5 months pregnant.image

So the waist band and the pleats had to go.

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First I carefully removed the waistband.  Luckily the zipper ended below the waist band so this refashion didn’t require any fiddling with the zipper because I hate trying to fix zippers.  Then I removed the pleats from both the skirt and the lining and zigzagged the two raw edges together and trimmed off all the loose threads.  I just turned the waistband and stitched it down.

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The skirt fits perfectly now and baby belly has gone away.   I love the colours and pattern of this pencil skirt, it is pure wool, fully lined, has pockets and best of all, it has pockets!

Art for Art’s sake. Thrifted Van Gogh.

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I don’t just thrift clothing, jewelry and handbags, I also thrift art.  I have had a long time love of Vincent Van Gogh’s works and unless I win the lottery I can’t afford the real thing.  So I thrift prints of his work.  I have an entire area at the top of my stairs devoted to my collection.

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Through out my house I have about forty prints, but the main concentration is in this one area and I love having them all together.  This large print of Irises was the first gift my husband ever gave me.

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These three prints were purchased in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh museum on my honeymoon in 1988.  As you can see, I have loved his work for a long time.

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These are just a few of my other prints, all thrifted with frames.

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I love all of the pieces, and am still on the hunt for more addition to my Van Gogh walls.  I just worry I will run out of space.  I have to swap out pieces I already have with one I have stored.  Who is your favourite artist and do you ever look outside the clothing and accessory shelves and racks for the other great items in thrift stores?  Cheers, Michele

Value Village 50% Off Sale. Part 2

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To break up my thrift haul, I have split it into two parts.  Also I was having problems publishing it as one massive post.  Here are the last few items.

These three bags are vintage and are wonderful additions to my collection. I love them all, but especially the quirky little flowered one.

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Faux crocodile briefcase style, $3.99.

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Faux crocodile bag, $5.99.

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Flowered fabric bag, $3.99.  So pretty.

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This basket box is to be converted to another travel doll house.  I believe it was a travelling doll case but I will make it over into a house with all the furnishings and doll and clothes.  This was only $4.99.

I think I did very well in this thrift haul,  I found some lovely clothes, three wonderful bags and a new basket for making a doll house.  Some of the clothes will need some touch ups or full-scale refashioning, but most are perfect as they are.  I would love any comments or feedback.  Cheers, Michele

Huge 50% off Value Village Thrift Haul! Part 1

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So Sunday and Monday were 50% off days at Value Village and I found some great finds.  I will list the original prices before the discount.

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These these four dresses were between $9.99 and $14.99.  The first is by Lord & Taylor, the second by Lands End, third Ann Taylor and the fourth by Laura.  All great brands with good quality payoff.  Unfortunately all summer dresses, so hibernation time for you girls til spring!

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These dresses were between $12.99 and $14.99.  The first is Laura, second Liz Claiborne, and the third by Evan Picone.  All summer dress, I know, I just can’t let go.

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Three winter skirts from $5.99 to $7.99.  The first is a burgundy wool midi style skirt, the second is a homemade burgundy pleated skirt and the third is brown corduroy with pockets.  The burgundy midi skirt needs some altering, but the others are fine.

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Jones and Company skirt with pockets, $6.99.

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White maxi dress for $7.99.

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Purple Danier leather skirt $6.99.

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This 80s beauty with the enormous shoulder pads and matching belt are the epitome of what the decade had to offer.  It will be the star of a future refashion as I try to bring it forward in fashion while still keeping its charm. $7.99.

Leather, Leather and More Leather!

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I have a love affair with leather….jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, shoes and boots.  Handbags too.   There is something about it that I just love, and no I am not a biker or a dominitrix, I just love leather.  I think it makes me feel tougher, invulnerable some how, protected, like armour.  Just very stylish armour!   I also like vegan leather just as much as the carnivore leather.

So over the years I have thrifted a number of leather pieces, but here are just some of the jackets.

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Suede jacket.  $10.99 Value Village

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Vegan leather jacket.  $24.99 Value Village

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Red vegan leather.  $9.99 Goodwill

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Brown vegan leather.  $18.99 Value Village

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Brown Danier leather coat.  $24.99 Value Village

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Brown vegan leather.  $17.99 Value Village

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And my best find ever!  White Danier butter soft leather.  Priced wrong and on 50% off day I got it for $4.99!!!

Here is a link to a great blogger and her tips on cleaning thrifted leather and suede.  Check her out, she is a Canadian living in Berlin and has an amazing blog. http://awesomesauceasshattery.com