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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

The Shoe is On The Other Foot!! A Shoe Refashion Part 2!

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I thrifted these very simple slip-on flats at Value Village a little while ago for $6.99.

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They fit great but are just a little blah.

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So I decided to spiff them up a bit with some left over scraps of patten faux leather from the A Shoe Refashion Part 1.

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Using Liquid stitch glue, I carefully glued the plain strap over the seam on the front of the shoe.

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Using sewing pins, I carefully pinned down the ends after trimming them to length.  Once they dry, I will remove the pins, and Ta da, another pair of up cycled, refashioned shoes.  Hope you like this extremely simple and not very exciting refashion, Cheers, Michele

The Shoe is On The Other Foot!! A Shoe Refashion Part 1!

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I purchased these faux snake-skin flats at Value Village a while ago but I wasn’t fond of the faux patten leather straps.

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So I just carefully cut the straps off close to the sole.  These straps will make their appearance in A Shoe Refashion Part 2.

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And here are the final results.  A more neutral, less fussy pair of faux snake-skin flats that will work perfectly with my wardrobe.

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Hope you like this very simple, no-sew refashion.  Thank goodness for a good pair of scissors.  Cheers, Michele

Polka Dots That Won’t Do Up!! A Dress Refashion!

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I bought this beautiful handmade red with tiny white polka dots dress in a recent thrift haul for only $6.99 at Value Village and it was an additional 30% off on top of that. Who ever made it did a beautiful job of pleating the skirt and pin tucking at the neck line.  But unfortunately, they must have been smaller than me through the chest so as you can see from the photo, it doesn’t do up in the back.  But I could see the possibilities.

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First I turned it inside out and found these two lines of white stitching that were holding the neckline closed.  I carefully unpicked the stitches with the seam ripper.

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And voila, the dress now does up.  And fits me so much better through the chest.

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I love the 40s or 50s vibe of this dress and will love wearing it once the weather is better.  Thank goodness for a simple no-sew refashion as I just can’t seem to get into sewing right now.  What do you think of my refashion?  Cheers, Michele

No Need to Tame This Animal Print!! Thrifted Dress!

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So my local Goodwill has been replaced by a St. Vincent de Paul store so I had to go check it out.  Much better lay out, cleaner looking and better organized.  Didn’t find much except this Lane Bryant dress for $10.50 which even came with its own belt.  It doesn’t need refashioning, I just thought I would share my find.

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What do you think, pretty awesome, right? I do love a good animal print! Cheers, Michele

First Thrift Haul 2016!

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So here since the beginning of the year, I have been thrifting several times, with only a little luck, sometimes coming away empty-handed.  But I was able to find some great pieces eventually.  I had a 25% off coupon for Value Village, and the prices are listed pre-coupon.  As usual I found a few dresses as that is the section I always search first when ever I thrift, that way if my time in-store is short, I will have looked at my favourite things first.

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This patterned dress is very 80s and I just had to snip the enormous shoulder pads out of it to make it fit better.  Only $9.99 Salvation Army Thrift Store

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I love this bat-wing sleeved 80s dress with the matching belt.  Fits like a dream without the huge shoulder pads I removed.  $13.99 Value Village

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This peacock coloured dress is amazing, even if it is a little short.  I may be able to take down the hem a bit, or add a band of coordinating fabric in the waist or hem.  Haven’t decided yet.  $10.99 Value Village

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This oatmeal coloured ultra suede dress with pockets and a belt may become a dress with a little tweaking or a long sleeveless coat.  Haven’t decided with this one yet, it will go into my re-fashion stash until I do.  $8.99 Salvation Army Thrift Store.

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Navy and white, especially in polka dots, is one of my favourite combinations.  This little top was only $4.99 at Value Village.

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I scored 3 pairs of pants (that are plenty long enough for me) and a pair of capris while thrifting.  Varying in price from $6.99 to $8.99 at Value Village and Salvation Army Thrift Store. From Top Left going L-R top to bottom; red capris with original tags still on, khaki pants, slim leg jeans, wide leg trouser jeans.

So what do you think of my finds.  I think the little blue and white top will look amazing with the red capris in the spring.  Cheers, Michele

Quickest No-Sew Dress Refashion Ever!!!

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This has got to be the quickest and easiest no-sew refashion ever.  It only took 10 minutes from start to finish.  Taking the pictures took more time than the actual refashion.  I just bought this vintage dress at Value Village today for $7.99 minus a 15% discount.

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I had seen it before and admired the print and the beautiful silky fabric, but never thought it would fit as it is a size 12.  But when I went back today, it was still there and I Still love it so I figured I could always make a top out of the fabric.  But I brought it home and tried it on.  As you can see, the top is quite puffy and not so flattering.

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But I also love the little pearl buttons at the cuffs and at the back of the collar.  They are very in keeping with the style and age of the dress.

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I considered taking the elastic out until I noticed that the bodice lining was much shorter than the bodice fabric which was what was  keeping it puffy.

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So all I did was carefully cut the lining out of the top all around the neck, arm holes and waist.  This left me with the lining fabric seen above.

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Then I just had the top and the bottom attached without the lining and the elastic still in place.

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So I was left with a much more flattering silhouette that I can belt and place the elastic higher or lower on my waist.  What do you think of this refashion?  Cheers, Michele