Thrift Thursday- Make it your own

It is yet again another thursday…

And Me and Bertha from chicandacademica.com are at it again!

This Thrifty Thursday we decided to find a thrifted item and make it our own.

Sometimes when you find an item at goodwill, there may be something that is just a little off.

Like a theft-tag still attached to the clothing…which I talked about in another post called “how to thrift”.

Or it may be missing some buttons.

Or needs a new zipper.

or may fit a little wrong.

Well to show that you can always take those items home and make them your own.

We decided this thursday to prove it!

This is the item I found:

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I fell in love with the plaid pattern.

All I imagined was a super cute “school girl look” in a high-waisted mid-knee plaid skirt.

Now when I tried on the skirt… that’s not the look I saw. haha!

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Although the length of skirt is “in” right now.

The heaviness of the skirt made it feel like I should be churning butter on the farm.

Not exactly the look I wanted. haha!

So I thought it would be perfect for this blog post.

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With 6 inches chopped and a new hemline. This is the look I got:

The cost of the skirt was $6.00.

The cost of the alterations? 40 dollars.

Umm.. What?!

40 dollars to chop off 6 inches and do a hem?

For 46 dollars I could have bought a new skirt- easily!

But i was on a timeline and decided to just go for it anyways

So my verdict?

DIY

I need to invest in Sewing Classes.

There are actually classes being held in Mississauga across the street from my home in January.

If you are in my area, and interested too here is the link:

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/textile-arts.html

Screw You- Stitch It

disclaimer:

(…actually they were super nice to me.Even though the earliest they could fit me in was friday- she was willing to squeeze me in for next day- for no extra charge)

BUT

 I need to do some research and find a much more budget friendly alterations location

I remember the days when my grandmother was the best place to stop for some quick fixes.

Well it looks like I need to do some shopping and research for a new location!

Want to see how miss Bertha’s “Thrifty Thursday- make it your own” turned out?

Check out this amazing transformation.

She turned a Male Dress Jacket into a Tuxedo Dress!…um wow!

All on her own too!!

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With all that said and done.

I adore the transformation.

What do you think?

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Thrift Finds: August

Shopping is my cardio.

That quote used to annoy me. My reasoning being:

If you’re thin just by shopping…that just means you’re one of those lucky skinny *Beeps*.

So obviously I thought it was annoying out of pure jealousy. haha!

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But I decided to walk to my goodwill location this month.

It’s a 20 minute hike according to Google.

Meaning I got 40 mins of additional walking in today. Not bad!

That’s an extra 150 calories roughly!

My Goodwill shopping was necessary this month:

I have an upcoming post coming up this week called:

“Thrifty Thursday part 2”

It is going to be about fixing an item that you found at goodwill.

So obviously I had to go shopping to see what I could dig up.

And well… I found a few other items I couldn’t leave behind either 🙂

Here they are:

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From Left to Right:

– A light teal floral crochet dress

– Club Couture purple peeptoe booties

– Blush Pink Crocheted-Back blouse from Smart Set

– Teal FCUK Shirt-dress

– Also got the item that I will be fixing for Thursday… Stay Tuned for that 😉

All together they cost: $30 dollars.

My favourite find is obviously the booties.

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Thrifty Thursday part 1

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Have you ever gone into a retail store catered to work attire?

Once you shift through the sea of mostly black items… you find a piece you like.

And experience a little tag shock.

The price of one work outfit, can usually buy me two casual day outfits.

That’s why I’ve taken to buying work attire either at retail stores that have a work attire section

(often the prices aren’t as expensive in specialized shops)

or I make a trip to my favourite goodwill location 🙂

My best find ever was a pant suit with the tags still on it.

Originally priced at $150.00 plus tax.

I paid $50 – the most I’ve ever spent on a thrift store item.

But my man wouldn’t let me pass on the deal…luckily!

It was a Calvin Klein pant suit never been worn at a third of the price.

Here’s the suit.

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I paired it with a thrifted bold blue guess shirt $3.00

Tres-sexy.

For my shoes i choose: my open-toed nine west heels $7.00.

Lastly to complete the look- I added my gothy-black necklace $12.00

The jewellery can sometimes be overpriced.

But i couldn’t leave it behind

All together this professional thrifted look cost me $72.00 

Compared to what it would cost new:

The suit cost: $150

Guess shirts average between $40-60 ..Check it out Here.

costume jewellery cost average between 25-50 in retail stores roughly.

Nine West Peep Toe Heels: 110-125…Check it out here

So let’s be on the conservative side…totalling: $325

That’s a total savings of $253.

Well Damn.

I didn’t even think I saved that much until I just priced it out…

If you aren’t completely convinced.

Check out Miss Bertha at:

chicinacademia.com

She is my Thrifty Thursday partner this week and next week.

she was even better at being fab and thrifty on a dime
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How to Thrift

I by no means consider myself a thrifting expert.

But I have been known to find some really great pieces.

And known for putting together some outfits that would make you look twice.. knowing most of it came from thrift stores.

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Before I even had my first adult experience thrifting- I researched….as I’ve been known to do.

I googled the wealthiest part of the city searched the nearby “good will.”

My logic being that the wealthiest can buy the best material, and best brands …and well donate them near their home.

Choosing the nearest thrift store to your home, although convenient, may not be the best strategy.

Once you’ve set your targets on the perfect location. How do you find the diamond in the rough?

Personally I take my time. I go through it all.

Although the employees try to keep the store organized either by size, colour, and type of clothing. The reality is stuff gets lost, misplaced, or even hidden-Yes hidden. People may find an item that they don’t want to purchase at that moment and will hide the item within a different section. Obviously this item was good enough to hide, meaning its good enough to take the time to find!

Sorry Ladies- You snooze you lose.

Now of course it would be mind numbingly long to inspect each item in the entire store.

So to speed up the process- learn to keep a keen eye.

If you don’t think you could spot that shining diamond in the rough.

Practice.

Go though your closet; take the time to really take a look.

Feel the material, notice the stitching, and how it falls off the hanger.

Once you know what you are looking for- it will stand out amongst the cotton oversized tee-shirts at the thrift store.

The trick is to scan the racks.

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Once you find something. Be sure to look it over.

Inspect for imperfections, tears, missing buttons, broken zippers, stains…yes I said it.

Some things people donate, maybe should have been donated to the garbage bin.

I once found a pair of bebe high-waisted shorts with the security tag still on it.

like really?

You know what- I bought them.

Doesn’t mean I’m a thief right.?!

I just went home and researched how to disassemble a magnetic security tag without ruining the item of clothing.

You really can find anything on youtube.

The point of this story?

Some items can be fixed.

Sure it may be missing a button…

but you can go out choose your own buttons and create a completely unique piece to your own design!

Also little fixes like stitching, and re-zippering all are very budget friendly.

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But some things sometimes cannot be fixed- like fit.

I don’t know how many times I’ve found a great pair of heels only to be tragically disappointed when THIS  Cinderella wasn’t so lucky.

But that’s the game of thrifting.

You may be the ugly sister for one charming item…but then you look twelve o’clock and find the shoe that fits.

Did you love that labored metaphor? haha

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Lastly I’ve leave you with some of my recent thrifted outfits.

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Can you spot the thrifted items?

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Thrift Finds : Month of May

 

 

This Saturday was a pretty good day for thrifting. I found a lot of cute items for $50.

Well it is just after “spring cleaning” so people are cleaning out their closets…while I’m adding to mine! haha

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1. Jones New York purse in great condition

2. Aldo black heels – I also found a pair of just fab booties that unfortunately weren’t in my size.

3. Polka dot top

4. Necklace…the photo does not do it justice. It is a very cute, shiny, costume , pearly-chocker.

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5. Urban Behaviour Hounds tooth dress in great condition

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6. Blue Reitmans blazer

7. Dynamite tee …in a peachy orange colour i had to have.

8. Polka dot skirt

… All three make a pretty cute outfit!

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9. Four scarves …it may not be scarf season but I will thank myself later for not leaving these cute items behind

10. I love this style of painting. So I just had to have that cute yet dark picture, which seems to go very well with the colour of the scarves i picked up coincidentally.

That is my 10 Month of May Thrift Finds.

Stay Tuned for “How to: Thrift”

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You Should Thrift.

After my last post I realized most of my outfit was thrifted items. Neat!

But …I actually used to be a thrifting snob. But one day I figured out it that it is great for shopping on a budget. A guilt free way to subdue a shopping craving. You can walk in with under $50 dollars and walk out with bags full.

Have you ever considered thrifting? Cause you should!

Check out some of my thrifted outfits:

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After one of my first trips to “Goodwill” – I came back with such a haul that i could make a couple outfits with them.

And there they are!

Thrifted items: Sheer blouse, flare skirt, peak toe heels, striped button shirt, black purse, and fitted skirt.

Not too shabby eh?!

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This outfit has two of my favourite thrifted pieces:You have an adorable checkered sweater, with this royal blue hounds tooth skirt.

LOVE!

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When you enter the business world, you feel the need to have a business wardrobe. Well a budget friendly way to get one is to check out your local thrift store.

This outfit has two thrifted items: the finely checkered pant, and the bold blue top.

Not only can you find some great outfits through thrifting but you can also find some great statement pieces!

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This gold and black purse is thrifted. When i found it, my jaw literally dropped. It was beautiful and i clutched at it while i continued to shop. No one was taking this beautiful baby from me.

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This wool skirt is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe, and it was thrifted!

I hate hanging up skirts and dresses for the winter, but this wool skirt keeps me fashionably warm even in a skirt through the coldest winters.

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Lastly this pink scarf and leather jacket are thrifted items. And they are some of my “most-worn” items in my wardrobe.

I love leather jackets, and this thrifted one is my warmest and therefore worn a great deal.

And this scarf is so pretty it always adds a lot to any outfit i pair it with.

There are treasures hiding in thrift stores. All you got to do is find them!

Stay tuned soon for a “how to: thrift” post.

I’ve been told by my local thrift store cashier that: “I always find the best items! Every time she looks, she never finds anything”

Well I’ll pass my secrets on to you!

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