As an avid thrift shopper and lover of a rare find and a good deal, I noticed that my secondhand treasures were starting to overflow in my small Toronto apartment. A self-proclaimed shopping addict, stores like Value Village (or VV Boutique) was the cheap crack that helped fulfill a more expensive cocaine habit.
A blast from the past! I feel like I am walking in a dream.
So this weekend, I headed home to the burbs for T-giving. My good friend and I, having access to an automobile for the weekend, took complete advantage of visiting our favorite Value Villages.
What happend next must have been a serious Turkey miracle. Sitting in the shoe section of VV boutique was a pair of old school, LA Gear, kicks that have never been worn (tags still on them). That’s right, a perfect pair of sneakers completely designed for the aerobics lover (I’m sure Jane Fonda had a pair herself).
I just got back from a wonderful vacation abroad! I experienced some of the most amazing travel this month. I can’t wait to share with you some of the vintage treasures that I found abroad. So stay tuned.
Top 5 vintage finds: Meghan Felker shares her treasures.
I’ve asked some of my most stylish friends to make a list of their favorite treasures that they’ve found at thrift stores, garage sales, grandma’s closest, wherever! One of my good friends, Meg, just sent me her favorite finds. Take a look. I’m sure that her wonderful treasures will leave you inspired.
Secondhand shops have more than just clothing, but also household treasures. This year, I moved out of my parents pad (again) and moved into the big city of Toronto! I was lucky enough to find two awesome roommates and a blank canvas that I could begin to decorate. With a tight budget, I found myself going to antique markets, garage sales, and secondhand shops for inspiration.
Racks of undiscovered treasures waiting to be found. Shaun Hanif's experience at Value Village.
I had only been to the “VV Boutique” (Value Village) once before. College friends of mine recommended it as a great spot to assemble my costume for my Baz Luhrmann themed party (yes, that happened). I was not disappointed. I found a great tuxedo shirt, top hat and suspenders. Years later, I never thought I would have thought to go back for clothes. I admit, I was a fish out of water when it came to thrift store shopping. You’d be more likely to find me in Fairview, Queen West, or Yorkdale. However, Cate and a promise of 50% off was quite convincing.
If it's meant to look Retro, you'll find it secondhand.
I have a real love/hate relationship with stores like Urban Outfitters. Occasionally they will have some pretty cool pieces, but mostly I find myself saying, “What the what! 60 bucks for a t-shirt. Puhlease!” The thing that drives me nuts with stores like that, is the fact that the clothing is meant to look “secondhand.” Let moi explain…