Showing posts with label Vancouver Thrift Store Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vancouver Thrift Store Review. Show all posts

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Thrift Pieces for Guys and Girls

Seems like awhile since I have thrifted.

The online retailing world was lured me away from my roots. It's the daily bombardment of emails and ads and facebook feeds.

But one trip is all it takes to remind me of why I fell in love with the sport of thrifting in the first place.

There is little that is more satisfying than finding that seriously amazing piece of treasure that countless people have passed up on and knowing that I have paid next to nothing for it. Oh, and part of that money I spend goes towards a charitable cause. Plus it's eco fashion. Oh the benefits! Why did I ever stop?

This haul is not as big as some of my previous ones, but it's safe to say I love all of the items. Michael came with me again, and he found some amazing pieces, too.

Gentlemen first.

He didn't make out with too much, but they are all great items.

Benetton corduroy slim fit, guess sweater, navy striped hoodie, thrifted finds, men's fashion

My favourite item would have to be those United Colors of Benetton slim fit corduroys.

That is until these amazing Florsheim wing tips.

Thrifted wing tip Florsheim shoes, burgundy wing tip shoes, dress shoes, mens dress shoes, thrifted shoes

Effortlessly, they make a great casual pulled together outfit.

Triped hoodie, benetton corduroy slim fit pants, thrifted finds, florsheim wing tip burgundy dress shoes, thrifted fashion, mens fashion, outfit, style

I highly encourage you to visit our local thrift shop. But if that is not your thing, here's where you can find these items online.

Similar hoodie here or here.

Same shoes here.

Similar corduroys here.

Here are my spoils.

color blocking dress, embroidered shrug, seafoam shirt, saphire blue shirt, thrifted items, fashion

Thrifted large cable knite sweaters in red blue and yellow, large sweaters, cable knit sweaters, thrift finds

I can't wait to style out these items.

I also got some shoes.

stuart weitzman shoes, brown loafers, vintage lady shoes from france, thrifted shoes

But my favourite item of the day would HAVE to be this vintage Danier leather jacket?

Danier retro leather blazer with pearl buttons, green leather blazer, blazer with pearl buttons, thirted treasure

My iPhone white balance is whack, the piece is supposed to be the green color you see on the top right. It fits me like a glove! I definitely can't wait to style this one out.

Oh yeah, I got an oversized wool coat and a tribal print jacket as well.

Here's an impromptu outfit pulled from the items not individually photographed.

tribal jacket, striped shirt, black leggings, golden cowboy boots, thrifted style, outfit, fashion

Similar jacket here.
Similar shit here.
Similar cowboy boots here.

oversied london fog thrifted coat, over tribal jacket, golden cowboy boots, women's outfit, fall fashion, outfit, style, fashion, thrifted items

Similar coat here.

I hope you too would take some time out to do some of your own hunting. Now, go forth and prosper.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Eco Fashion Week Vancouver

The annual Eco Fashion Week kick starts tomorrow.

Centered around promotion sustainable fashion and reducing the impact of this $300billion industry has on the environment.

Eco Fashion Week Vancouver, SS2013, Eco Fashion Week

"Celebrating her fifth season as founder of Eco Fashion Week (EFW), Myriam and her team are informing and inspiring the fashion-conscious, and sustainable-minded, alike, in a way that harmonizes beauty and the environment. After all, innovation in fashion - the future of chic – is inextricably linked to innovation in, well, sustainability." --ECF website

As you all know, my style is heavily influenced by sustainable fashion. As almost every single outfit I wear is punctuated by a piece of second hand fashion.

I am a huge advocate for breathing new life into the old.

You can buy your tickets here.

Eco Fashion Week Vancouver, SS2013, Eco Fashion Week

I highly recommend checking out the 7pm this Wednesday the 17th for the Value Village for Eco Fashion Week event.

Three of Vancouver's fabulous designers are creating looks purely from items found at Value Village. Going to be so much fun to see.

Here are some of my favourite thrift finds. Hope you get inspired as well.

vintage italian shoes, LV epi leather cobalt blue cross body bag, fall outfit, harvest colours, fashion, style, vintage style, street style, thrift style

Vintage LV from Ebay, Vintage shoes from Talize

Vancouver Fashion Week, VFW, SS 2013, Vancouver, Fashion, Style, Vintage wrap, Louis Vuitton Speeding monogram 25, Designer Purse

Vintage shawl/infinity scarf from Talize

Balenciaga Sahara city with GGH, Floral shirt, Pink maxi skirt with DIY high slit, Yellow stelletto heels, summer outfit, Fashion, Style

Second hand Balenciaga from Ann's Fabulous Finds, vintage shirt and skirt from Value Village.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Post Boxing Day Boxing Day

I decided not to go boxing day shopping this year. At first it seemed like such an awesome idea. But by the end of the day, I went stir crazy. Note to self, deprivation is never the way to go. When not doing a certain activity, one must replenish with another activity in the same intensity.

Sitting at home instead of shopping was definitely not an equal exchange.

Luckily for me, Talize had their "boxing day" on the 27th this year. Everything 50% off!

This is my haul!

Clothes in a pile, Talize haul, leather jacket, hm garden shirt, parasuco shirt, fringe suede leather vest, scarf, sequined top, little black dress

These days, boxing day lasts for at least a week it seems. Making going shopping on the 26th more of a sport training event than anything else. My vote next year is to visit boutiques, they would much more likely hold one-day sales that is true to Boxing Day.

Last year, I went to Talize on the 26th because they had their 50% off sale then. But this year, I received an email that they were to have the 50% off sale on the 27th. It is a very smart strategy in my opinion. Since people are probably shopping at full price retail on the 26th. And it has given me a second chance to scratch my deal seeking itch.

I am very happy with what I went home with. The best part is, I spent less than 60 dollar! Wee!

I can't wait to incorporate them into my wardrobe.

Let's take a closer look at some of the items.

I have always been a fan of Parasuco in my younger years. Their designs in the early 2000's is fantastically awesome. Recently though, it seems they have gone the safer route. But this shirt is definitely from the earlier genre.

Parasuco white lace like shirt, white lace shirt, parasuco, Talize Find, Thrift Fashion

I am a child of the 80's. More so than ever I have been embracing the shoulder pads. I love all things retro and this leather jacket sums it all up. It's buttery soft and beautifully worn in. Yet it's in impeccable condition. Best part of this, it was only $7.00 after the discount! Oh, not to mention, I have ALWAYS wanted one with the detail on the sleeves, collar and the lining.

80's leather jacket, retro leather jacket, Totally 80's women's leather jacket, 80't leather jacket made in England, Talize Find, Thrift fashion

The shirt lends itself well to layering since it is so form fitting. With the addition of this detailed sweater, a scarf and the leather jacket, an outfit is born. All courtesy of Talize!

retro leather jacket, parasuco shirt, sweater, scarf, Talize finds, Thrift finds, thrift fashion, totally 80's women's leather jacket, layering

The disco pants in this post would finish off the outfit beautifully.

From my haul, forms yet another outfit. This time, one decade older.

Welcome to the flower child era of the 70's. By this, I mean the H&M Garden Collection white cotton shirt and this awesome suede fringe vest.

HM garden white cotton shirt, suede fringe vest, 70's suede vest, Talize find, Thrift fashion

Some say that fringe is out, it was doomed from the start anyway. Something so impractical and filled magic can't possibly be made to last. But I never obeyed any rules any way. To finish off this outfit, I would borrow the bottoms from this post.

Finally, something with a bit of sparkle. Just in time for the last party of the year.

Little black dress, beaded cropped top, new years eve dress, Talize find, thrift find, thift fashion, party fashion

I actually walked past that top three times. Hesitated and left it alone again and again. Until finally I decided there would be no harm in trying it on. What do you know, it would end up being one of my favourite purchases that day.

I can never get sick of that feeling when at the check out, my total comes to the amount of how much one retail item would cost me.

Thrifting, definitely an art form that requires a little bit of timing, a little bit of luck and a lot of patience. It is also so rewarding when shopping means saving the planet and donating to charity.