I am having a lovely day off! The weather has turned sunny and hot with a light breeze (there is always a breeze when you live on the ocean), and I thoroughly enjoyed my shopping expedition today.
I dressed for trying things on: pullover top, skirt, full slip (vintage) underneath for smoothing, slip-on shoes, one-hook belt and minimal accessories.here), my seersucker floofy skirt (last worn here) and my cream sandals, just worn here last night to the Janelle Monae concert.
Holy smokes, that girl can sing and perform! It was amazing! L will be doing a review of the concert, along with her album, so check back at his blog for the full deal some time this weekend. Anyway, I highly recommend going to see her if you get the chance.
I felt so girly swooshing around in my skirt.
Jacket (Ann Taylor Loft), sweater (Trina Turk, consignment), skirt (Y, thrifted), shoes (Artisan by Clarke's, consignment), belt (Landes, thrifted), flower (Roberta's Hats), bag and earrings (Aldo), scarf (vintage, thrifted), ring (Wendy Brandes).
Five of the items in my ensemble are thrifted or consignment! I get a lot of people asking me (hi to all my Victoria readers!) where I shop that I find such cool stuff second-hand. Well, today I am going to introduce you to two of my very favourites.
Disclosure: I link because I love. I don't get any kind of kick-back or discount or free stuff from either of these stores. I get no preferential treatment, other than the awesome service that I always get. I love to support local businesses, bricks-and-mortar stores, the people who live in my town. Both of these store's managers agreed to let me take pictures. Thank you!
First up: The Victoria Hospice Thrift Boutique (Hospice link; Boutique link).
Boutique items are individually priced, and all the rest are grouped by type for price. All non-boutique scarves are $3.50, for example. I have bought dozens of things here in the past 4+ years that I've shopped here, including the skirt I'm wearing today. I think the most I ever paid for something here was my Danier leather shirt for $40 (worn here in the February capsule).
The clothing is grouped on racks by colour, as well as a plus size rack, and they have very high turnover here. I only saw two or three repeat items from last time I was here, a month ago.
Check out the change rooms!
All of the clothing here is in amazing condition - no crap, no tears or stains. I am never worried about the cleanliness of it. I have found some lovely vintage here, as well as a few great accessories/jewelry pieces.
Check out the shoe wall:
Thank you to the lovely women who were working today, including Lisa, the manager (centre) who very kindly let me take pictures.
The other store I visited today was The Velvet Crease (Facebook page):
Prices are a little higher here, but the quality is also very high. They are very fussy about the condition of clothing brought in, and it shows in the merchandise. I have consigned items here. The shoes I'm wearing today are from here.
I've bought a lot of my Smoking Lily here, some lovely dresses and they also have interesting jewelry.
The fitting rooms are also awesome.
Thank you to The Velvet Crease for letting me photograph your store!
I had brunch after my shopping, then got my eyebrows waxed (hi, Carol and the awesome tattooed chicks!).
Check out this gorgeous overblown garden of poppies and bachelor's buttons I saw on the way home:
Okay, now we're at the shopping haul part. First are the items I got at the Hospice Boutique.
80s vintage hat:
I also spotted this amazing wallet:
It's real eelskin, and is in good condition.
I rarely find vintage shoes in my size (9.5-10), but check these babies out.
They have a nice low vamp (the area that scoops down near the toes); many 80s shoes have a high vamp and look too chunky to my eye.
They appear to have been sold at the Army & Navy. The brand is Gabrielli.
They don't appear to have ever been worn:
I also found these wonderful slipper-style shoes.
I found a replacement for the cheaper quality Aldo belt I've cut a million belt holes into.
This belt was also $3.50:
My neutrals-only capsule month (one more day!) has influenced me for the good, I think. I am definitely paying more attention to neutrals when I shop. I love this graphic black and white silk square scarf:
I also found this lovely turquoise, taupe and navy silk square scarf for $3.50.
Not too shabby - a good haul!
At The Velvet Crease, as expected, I found a few excellent quality items, including this 100% cashmere Daniel Bishop sweater.
this purple sleeveless one.
My capsule challenge is making me realize that I have a few holes; one is that I needed a light white/cream cardigan.
I fell in love with this glorious peach scarf with hot pink and red roses. It's a long rectangle.
It's nice to see a good name. Lauren by Ralph Lauren is typically good quality.
I was totally hitting the 80s jackpot today. Look at this incredible stained glass rectangular silk scarf.
Again, I like to see that mark of quality.
Well, that's it - I had a smaller haul from The Velvet Crease, but I'm pretty happy with what I found. What do you think? What's your favourite item?