Showing posts with label Thrift Shopping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thrift Shopping. Show all posts

Monday, 12 August 2013

Thrift Shopping Guide

Hi Y'all, here is another guest article that I did for Stylus Magazine.

As citizens of planet earth, we all have the duty of taking care of it as much as we can. However, reducing our carbon footprint and taking care of the planet doesn’t necessarily mean having to sacrifice style and fashion. The best resource to dressing fabulously unique is actually incredibly eco-friendly as well as gentle on your wallet. My secret weapon to dressing uniquely chic is by shopping at thrift stores.

thrifted outfit from Vancouver fashion blogger Posing in Vintage, Chic thrifted outfit

This entire look (aside from the leggings) was obtained from a local Value Village. Not only are thrift stores well stocked with one of a kind vintage and second-hand pieces, they also receive donations from local fast-fashion stores (the skirt and shoes were both ones carried by Urban Outfitters). However, when purchased at a thrift store, you are not only paying a fraction of the original price, you are also helping out local charities and the environment. Oh, how I love to do good.

It can be daunting to step into the thrifting world when you are more comfortable shopping at a store that carry multiples of the same style, making your shopping experience effortless. Thrift shopping is not so easy to start out but, like any other activity, you can get better with practice, especially armed with this thrift shopping guide.

Go Big.

Value Village Store Front
Image source: Access Winnipeg

Start with visiting a large chain thrift store in your area (Goodwill, Salvation Army or Value Village). Since more people are familiar with these big name stores, they are more likely to receive a breadth of donations. Once you have whet your appetite, feel free to venture out to smaller more niche ones. You may be pleasantly surprised by your discoveries. Don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of some of these stores, they are usually always well-organized.

The Organization

Wild life Thrift Store inside the store, racks inside wild life thrift store

On each rack you will see them clearly labeled with the type of garments (sweaters, blouses, pants, etc). The racks are then organized by size, within the size category, they are then organized by color. I recommend organizing your closet this way too for maximum dressing efficiency. The store is especially well-organized when you arrive when they first open. Once you know how they are organized, it actually makes shopping so much easier.

Change Clothes, and Go.

I recommend taking a cart with you on your first trip and load it up with whatever interesting piece you see. You never know what will surprise you once you try the garment on. Do be aware that usually the change rooms will have a limit on the number of pieces you can take with you to try on. Usually the limit is 5, but if they are not too busy, they may let you bring more in with you.
If at First You Don’t Succeed

Many stores will restock the racks throughout the day. Sometimes you may not find anything at all during your trips but that is part of the fun so please don’t get discouraged. You can always go back and repeat the shopping process. Return again soon, or try a different location.

One Last Thing

vintage dresser from a thrift store
image source: SpringsBargains.com

Think of thrift stores like a small department store. Some will have furniture, books and even appliances. You can literally outfit your entire life with just previously owned goods. You can also start off with something small such as jewelry, purses or shoes if clothing seems slightly daunting. Just make that first step and venture out to your first thrift store shopping trip. I am positive you will be pleasantly surprised. Go often, don’t be afraid to try on something that is slightly out of your comfort zone. You too, can be thrift chic.

Macklemore
img source: Macklemore, NPR.org

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Gypsy Night Market Vintage Sale

Last night Michael just got back from Tough Mudder, some crazy race for crazy people.

We decided to go for a stroll and check out the Chinatown Night Market, since it was only a couple of blocks away.

As expected, it was kind of sad. Next time I am just going to head straight to the Richmond ones.

However, the night was not a total bust. On the way home, we walked past The Fortune Sound Club. Usually filled with your dancing drinking variety of events. However, last night they had a special fashion and shopping guest, Gypsy Market Vintage. To match the neighbourhood happenings, it's a special Night Market Vintage Sale. Well, of course I had to go in!

It was well worth it.

Gypsy Night Market vintage sale at the Fortune Sound Club Vancouver, Fortune Sound Club, Gypsy Night Market, Vintage sale

Fortune, where I had my Halloween extravaganza is transformed in to a Gypsy Night Market.

Gypsy Vintage Market at Fortune Sound Club Vancouver different vendors and clothing racks

Row upon row of racks filled with special vintage goodies waiting for me to pick though.

Funky brassier at the gypsy night market vintage sale at the fortune sound club in vancouver

Trying on items at the Gypsy Vintage Market Fortune Sound Club Vancouver

Vintage lace back cream shirt and earrings at the Gypsy Vintage Market at Fortune Sound Club Vancouver

At the end of the night, I came home with these babies.

Vintage suede thigh high boots and vintage studded black pumps from the Gypsy night market vintage sale at the fortune sound club vancouver

Moon Rock painted gold cross at the Gypsy Night Market Vintage sale at the fortune sound club in Vancouver

The event is usually held at the Biltmore.

I highly suggest keeping an eye out for the next event :)

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

On a sunny day

Vancouver may not get very many of these, but when she does, she is the most beautiful city in the world.

This past weekend we were blessed with such amazing weather.

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These sunglasses I bought came just in handy.

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It's finally warm enough to frolic around sans coat.

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Light blue tights layered over sheer black tights, both from Urban Outfitters

Shoes from Talize

Mirrored aviators from Blue Ruby

Bring yellow bow tie belt from Gentille Alouette

Cambridge Satchel Company bright orange Fluoro bag from Holt Renfrew

Faux fox tail from Front and Company

I hope this Spring is not so rainy. Even though I wear colours all year round, it feels great to know that soon the city will also be matching.

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I got this denim crop jacket a long time ago. I think it was from Guess.

At the time I was so excited to wear it, but it ended up being neglected in my closet. When I was looking for something to finish my outfit, this jacket did an amazing job.

Cropped jacket and high-waisted skirt help elongate the entire body.

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It was actually even warm enough for me to not wear a jacket for a bit.

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I really like this dress, especially after I hemmed it into a high low skirt by pinning the front portion. Very similar to how I hemmed this dress.

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I wish I could stay out longer to enjoy the sun that day.