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value village and the cat’s eye vintage!
April 12, 2008, 5:11 pm
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I went shopping with my friend Ellena today, and we found a ton of awesome stuff at Value Village and this sweet little vintage place close by called the Cat’s Eye. (If you’re in Calgary and haven’t been there already, I think you really need to go!) I’ll start off with the stuff from VV:

COWBOY BOOTS! These are actually pretty comfy, although my mom does not believe me and declares that all cowboy boots are uncomfortable. The men’s section is way better for interesting shoes, although I did find these cute booties in the women’s:

I wish there were more details in this pair, but they’re comfy too and I’ve been looking for some for a while. And the bottoms look almost new! $5.99 for these.

Flower print dress! FINALLY! This one’s going to be shortened, and it’s really comfy and stretchy and so perfect for summer. I’ll post a better picture of the print when I wear it, which will probably be Monday if I have time to shorten it tomorrow.

Here’s the stuff I got at Cat’s Eye, all skirts.

They were having a $10 bag sale, so me and my friend shared a bag and each paid $5 for 3 items. The first and last skirt are going to get shortened, and the middle one is a tiny bit big at the waist so I’ll have to pin it and look like a dork or something. The first one has buttons going all down the front which I love, and the last one is really really fun to wear. I think I’m almost set for summer!


April 2, 2008, 6:34 pm
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I finally went thrifting after school today with my friend and my mom! Since I was inspired by this post and started cleaning out my closet, I feel like I have a better idea of the stuff I want to buy that I will actually end up wearing and will work with the other stuff in my wardrobe.

This is a gorgeous scarf! And it’s really soft. I don’t really have any scarves in this colour scheme, so I thought it was worth the dollar I spent on it. It’s nice and big, too.

Belts! I realized a couple weeks ago that I’ve been craving a braided belt forever, and I knew that I would find several in any thrift store. Sure enough, there were three in the second one that I visited! The belt on top is a really sweet neutral belt to wear around my waist. All of my belts are bright colours, so I thought some plain ones might let my outfits speak for themselves without taking too much of the show. These were $1 each.

These are nice sneaker-y flats with a t-strap type thing going on. I really want to wear them with contrasting tights, or n tights at all when it heats up, just so that the strap is more visible. And they’re kinda shiny! $4.

What are these even called? Y-straps? Well, I don’t care, because even though these are a bit tight I love them. I’ve been wearing them around for a bit and they don’t seem that uncomfortable at all, thank goodness! They’re more lavender then in this picture, and I think they look better from the front. But since these are sorta in-between flats and heels, maybe I can use them to transition myself into actually wearing my heels outside of the house…hmm. These were also $4.

This is what I am wearing right now! I got a little chilly so I threw it on, and it is going to look great with leggings ’cause it goes past my butt. It doesn’t look nearly as long in the picture as it actually is! And mmm, cozy. I put back a bunch of crazy 80’s sweaters today because even my mom couldn’t stand to look at them and since spring will have to come eventually, even in Calgary, it’s probably not the best idea to be buying more. But something drew me to this one! $2.

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s true. This is indeed the most awesome men’s shirt ever created. I tried it on with a belt and it looks awesome! Something to wear when I don’t feel like putting together something complicated is always a good thing. Especially for $2!

FABRIC!!! I’ve decided that I really need to learn how to properly sew, so I found some interesting prints out of the fabric bin. The flowered one on the right will probably turn into a dress because there’s loads of it, and the other two will probably turn into more puff skirts. And buying fabric from thrift stores is SO much cheaper then getting it from a fabric shop! The two on the top and the left were both $1.50, and the one on the right was $7.00 (and there is a LOT!). Which brings us to…

…patterns! The one on the left is a little bit 90’s, but I think I can figure out how to move the waistline up and change it a bit. The one on the right looks dead simple and is a bit boring, but I can definitely embellish it somehow. And to be honest, when it comes to my sewing skills, simple is VERRRRY good. And these were only 25 cents! My mom said that patterns at fabric stores are getting really expensive, which sucks because there’s really not a lot of selection when you’re digging through thrift shops for something that is a) your size and b) something you would actually wear. But to be honest, a lot of the patterns that I’ve seen in fabric shops seem kind of boring, so I’ll probably end up resorting to eBay.

Well, I’ll probably start on a dress tonight if I can get through my homework…wish me and my evil sewing machine luck!

my boring outfit and THRIFTING!
February 13, 2008, 6:57 pm
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I FINALLY got to go treasure hunting today after what seemed like weeks and weeks of not being able to beg my mother for any money. But today I finally got some, and we went to the thrift shop after school! But first, my extremely boring outfit of the day:

Shirt: Paul & Joe for Target
Suspenders: Le Chateau
Shoes: I WORE SOME, I SWEAR! Just my Blackspot runners.

And now to the fun bit! The Thrift Gods were with me today and I got 4 things that I LOVE.

This sweater and these shoes! The sweater is sooooo soft and lovely, and is made of wool and angora. $8, which was a little pricy, but I splurged! And these shoes. I gasped when I saw them and I gasped again when they actually fit! I had just been wishing I had a pair the other day. And these are so comfy. $6. Close-up:

I have such a grandpa-ish sense of style. But I like it. And now for more shoes and a skirt:

I love this skirt. Another item I had been looking for but couldn’t find, and it immediately reminded me of my weekly internet idols, the Painfully Hip thrift stars. It was $5. The shoes have blue toes, and also fit my huge feet. $6. Today was such a good day for thrifting! My friend with tiny feet also found some totally awesome women’s loafers in a really pretty aqua colour. We’ve decided to make these trips monthly…if we can afford it!

February 4, 2008, 5:37 pm
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And boy was it ever successful! Today was a gross, boring day off of school so my mom decided to cheer me up by taking me to one of my favourite thrift stores, the W.I.N. shop. It stands for Women In Need, so when I buy stuff there I know it goes to a good cause, and we donate a lot there too. If you live in Calgary be sure to check it out, because I have found some of my favourite stuff ever there! Anyways, this is what I got today:

A CAPE!! It’s amazing, believe me. It moves so nicely and is warm and lovely. The colours are great too. Probably gonna have to save it for warmer weather, though, because I can’t really think of a way to wear a coat over it comfortably :P

and… get ready for it….


The most amazing coat of all time. I saw this and nearly had a heart attack! The label on the inside is ancient and yellowed (it says ‘styled by Morsam’, if you were wondering, although I have no idea what that brand is..a little googling seems to be in order?!) and when I wear it I feel like a super-glamorous 50’s movie star. I also found this wonderful black beret that looks great with it. And it has the coolest label ever on the inside!

i am FRENCH!!

Today turned out to be not so bad after all!

all dressed up with nowhere to go :(
January 6, 2008, 3:49 pm
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So today I was supposed to go to a family thing, but I really didn’t feel like it and opted to stay home. I got dressed anyways, so I decided to post it since I’m finally wearing one of the shirts I thrifted so long ago!

(And don’t I just have a lovely expression in this picture? >_>)

T-Shirt: Target I think
Cardigan/shirt/whatever: thrifted
Belt: Thrifted CHRISTIAN DIOR! 50 cents!
Jeans: Shank
Shoes: You can’t see anyway, but I had barefeet!

November 24, 2007, 1:17 pm
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Me and my lovely mother went to a couple of our favourite thrift stores today. I found a ton of stuff:

These bags! The red and white one was so odd that I had to buy it. My mom thinks it’s made out of old bleach bottles. I think I’ll put magazines in it or something as it’s not very practical to carry around. The blue Yamaha one has a name on the bottom, which is pretty cool too. And they were all $1. :)

As soon as I saw this top, I knew I would end up buying it. I have too many shiny items of clothing as it is, but it would look so good belted at the waist… and for $8!

This is another top that I knew would look good belted. I’m in love with the pattern. $5 I think?

SCARVES! The white one has the most amazing texture to it, almost like a ruffled chip, and these two look great together. $1 each.

Belts and suspenders and sweatervests, oh my!
I have a thing for belts. I probably have around 25, and I usually buy at least one when I go to a thrift store. The brown one has the coolest buckle ever. And I’ve been looking for suspenders and a sweatervest forever! Everything was $3 each.

Closeup of the buckle:

A successful day, I think!