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Some Of My Best Thrift Finds Of All Times!! So Far!

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A true thrifter will tell you that the best part of the fun of thrifting is the challenge and the hunt for the great finds.  But also, it is finding that find…that perfect piece at a fantastic price.  The brag worthy piece that will have pride of place in your wardrobe.  These are just a few of my best and favourite finds so far.

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This white Danier leather motorcycle jacket was mistakenly priced at $9.99 and I got it for $4.50 on a 50% off day…score one for the thrifting team!!

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This dress I made from the thrifted bed skirt.

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This dress that I made from a thrifted table cloth.

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These scarves tops made from thrifted vintage scarves.

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These vintage handbags are just a few of my favourites.

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These thrifted dresses.  Most are vintage.

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These leopard print shoes which are some of my most worn pairs.
So there are just a few of my favourite and most loved and best thrift finds.  What are your favourite finds from the thrift store?  Cheers, Michele

Dotty For Polka Dots!! My Polka Dot Clothing Collection!

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Here is just a selection of my favourite thrifted polka dot finds.  As you can see, I have a real passion for polka dots.  I am always on the lookout for new pieces.

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As you can see I really love navy with white polka dots and black with white polka dots the most.  Do you have a pattern or print that you particularly love?  I just can help myself when it comes to Polka dots.  Cheers, Michele

Thrifting Trips and Refashions Will Be Back!!

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I have received lots of wonderful feedback for my questionnaire and have head that the thrifts and refashions are the most popular posts.  Unfortunately I am a casual employee so work can be scarce at times, as a result, even thrifting has to be dialled back in an effort to save money.  And even if I go thrifting, I don’t always find anything I want or need.  But never fear, there will be more coming.  Thank you to all of you who took your valuable time to answer my questions about what you would like to see on this blog.  That was incredibly kind of you.  Stay tuned, I am thinking of going thrifting this weekend, I have a 30% off coupon burning a hole in my wallet.  Cheers, Michele

If The Shoe Fits…Thrift Them!!!

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Here are just a few of the pairs of shoes that I was lucky enough to thrift.  I wear a size 11 shoe so thrifting shoes is very hit and miss.  As you can see, I love flats and barely ever buy heels, but the one pair was just too cute to pass up.

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These shoes cost anywhere from $6.99 to $10.99 at Value Village or Goodwill.  Cheers, Michele

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things!! Refashions!!

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In a continuing effort to focus on the joy and happiness in my life, I am making a list of my favourite things.  Here are a list of a few of my favourite refashions.

  1. Winter coat gets a new collar.                                After refashion.
  2. Suede skirt from tunic top.                                          image
  3. Scarf turns into a top.                               image
  4. Coin into necklace.                                         image
  5. Top from an old Gap dress.                                                  image
  6. Shoes get new soles.                image
  7. Polka Dot jumper into dress.     image
  8. Snowy sweater                                                image
  9. Doll House .                            image
  10. Zombie costume.                                         image

So these are just a few of my refashions.  Cheers, Michele

Bags, Bags and More Bags!

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I finally got around to mounting shelves on my sewing room wall to display some of my vintage handbags.  Unfortunately, my collection is larger than the shelf will allow for so I will have to head back to IKEA to get more shelves so my little vintage beauties can be safe and displayed for my enjoyment and inspiration.

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Cheers, Michele

Ten Thrifty Tips for Refashioning!

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As the new year is soon upon us, and I am continuing to keep to my promise to thrift as much of my clothing as possible and refashion where required I thought I would include some thrifty refashioning tips.

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  1. Have a good basic sewing machine.  You don’t necessarily need a serger or a fancy machine to do refashioning.  Just a machine that does straight stitch and zigzag.  A buttonhole option is nice if you need it, but I never have.  I avoid doing button holes when ever possible, they are my nemesis right along with zippers.imageimage
  2. Keep a selection of many colours of thread.  You can even buy thread at thrift stores.  Having an assortment of bobbins filled with the threads already to go is hugely helpful for lightening fast refashions.image
  3. Keep a selection of a variety of gauges of sewing machine needles for lighter and more delicate fabrics as well as tougher ones like denim and leather.                                                              image
  4. Have an assortment of widths and weights of elastic as many refashions I have done has involved either replacing old tired elastics or putting elastic in to gather the waist a bit.image
  5. Keep your off cuts from refashions.  I have used pieces from one refashion to add strips at the shoulders of a dress to lengthen the bodice or widen the arm holes in slightly too small pieces.  Also I have added a strip of fabric inserted into a skirt to lengthen it, added pockets when none were there originally.  A stash of scrap fabric is an invaluable resource.                                        image
  6. Buy clothing pieces for the fabric not just the cut of the piece.  Shirts, skirts and dresses can be taken apart and the fabric used for other purposes.  I have a stash of thrifted clothes for just this purpose.
  7. Organize your fabric scrap stash and untouched clothing stash into separate piles where you can easily see and access it so when the mood hits to refashion, you will be ready to go. I have a dresser in my sewing room and a drawer is designated for each.                                             image
  8. Save all the buttons and even the strips off of shirts that have the button holes from your refashioning projects.  I have used these button hole strips on refashions before to great success.image
  9. Do not fear your refashion stash.  Some refashioners fear that pile, bin or drawer full of thrifted items which are in a holding pattern until inspiration strikes or time becomes available.  Think of this stash as more of a treasure trove of rediscoverable items you have forgotten you thrifted.
  10. Have fun with it.  The things you are starting with are thrifted; and if you were lucky; weren’t too expensive.  So if the refashion goes wrong for you, all is not lost.  Sometimes you can rework it to make it work, or you can donate it back.  If it is an expensive item, or rare or vintage and you are afraid your skills aren’t up to the task, find a great seamstress who can tackle your idea of how it should be for you.  Just be open to the idea that things may not go as planned, accept it, and then be totally stoked when they do turn out.  Cheers, Michele