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.
This is my cream sweater (last seen 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.
But you can never tell here - the weather can change on a dime - so I wore a light jacket over top, my denim one. Of course I had to wear my yellow flower!
Added my Aldo fruit purse and my jaunty yellow silk scarf, and I was off to two of my favourite second-hand stores in Victoria.
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
; Boutique link
Yes, this is a thrift store! It has a skylight, a big bay window, and it's open and spacious - awesome natural light.
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.
It's entirely run by volunteers, and 100% of the profits to to the Hospice. I love that my money goes to a good cause!
Check out the change rooms!
These are the nicest change rooms in any thrift store in town. They have good sturdy rails for hanging things, a stool, a little garbage can, and a box of Kleenex with a sign asking you to remove your lipstick before trying things on.
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:
I found two great pairs here today.
Thank you to the lovely women who were working today, including Lisa, the manager (centre) who very kindly let me take pictures.
You all look radiant in your beautiful summer tops, ladies!
The other store I visited today was The Velvet Crease
It's a small store, but is again well-organized by colour, as well as tagging by size. I disregard the size when shopping, but it's handy if you don't have time to go through everything.
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.
I've been shopping here since before I lost weight, so about 6 years.
The fitting rooms are also awesome.
A three-way mirror in my fitting room! Wow! I love the little stool and that there are 3 sturdy hanging areas for sorting my try-ons.
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:
Everything's so green and lush right now! I love summer.
Okay, now we're at the shopping haul part. First are the items I got at the Hospice Boutique.
80s vintage hat:
It's emerald green. I love how it looks on.
It was half price for $7.00.
I also spotted this amazing wallet:
The bright emerald green wasn't photographing well in the den, so I took a picture on the deck table.
It's real eelskin, and is in good condition.
I'd be likely to use it as a mini clutch. It was $6.50.
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.
I love the stained-glass look of the snakeskin (again real, they always did real in the 80s), and that scooped heel. [edited to fix the leather from eelskin to snakeskin - thank you, "Someone"]
They appear to have been sold at the Army & Navy. The brand is Gabrielli.
They were $16.00.
They don't appear to have ever been worn:
Not a mark on the sole.
I also found these wonderful slipper-style shoes.
They have a shiny square pattern on them, and the tassels move when you walk.
They have a little bit of wear, but for $8.50 I am not complaining. The brand is Annie.
I tried on about 12 pieces of clothing, but only one came home with me:
They are Urban Haggar. I've unrolled one leg to show the convertible style. The buttons are all metal, and the khaki material is quite thick, with a silky feel. The seams down the thigh are amazingly slimming! These were $7.50. I can't believe they weren't marked as boutique items (and neither could the volunteer who rang them in!).
I found a replacement for the cheaper quality Aldo belt I've cut a million belt holes into.
Caramel suede with a shiny gold buckle. Love! It was $3.50.
This belt was also $3.50:
The blocks are all leather, and the silver beaded trim is sewn on. I bet both of these belts are 80s vintage.
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:
It was $6.00. The brand is Karin.
I also found this lovely turquoise, taupe and navy silk square scarf for $3.50.
Those colours are so inspiring! This would really perk up a neutral dress. No signature.
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.
Eee! Look at the rhinestone buttons! It's very pin-up. I have another Daniel Bishop cashmere top, that I also bought at this store, 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.
This one was $22.00 - no label, so I don't know the brand.
I fell in love with this glorious peach scarf with hot pink and red roses. It's a long rectangle.
Of course, it is silk. It was $14.00.
It's nice to see a good name. Lauren by Ralph Lauren is typically good quality.
I like seeing the hand-stitched rolled edge too.
I was totally hitting the 80s jackpot today. Look at this incredible stained glass rectangular silk scarf.
The fringed edge is a neat detail. It was $20.00.
Again, I like to see that mark of quality.
I know Adrienne Vittadini is a high-end brand.
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?