This was my second year attending the Festival Place Black & White fundraiser in Sherwood Park, and I knew exactly what I wanted to wear – this ivory Tibi dress I scored for a song (and $20, because no one is going to give me any prizes for singing) at Winners a couple of years ago. I wore it to my work Christmas party back in 2013, and it’s been sitting in my closet, sadly neglected, ever since. When I found these madly sparkly Marc Jacobs sandals at Goodwill a while back, the outfit came together in my head.
Can you believe the whole outfit, minus the necklace (which I borrowed from my mom), cost me under $70? The retail cost would have been well over $1,000. I love when my thrifting pays off like that.
I can never seem to pass up thrifted J. Crew (or Anthro) pieces, so of course I bought this $10 Fabiola dress even though it’s 2-3 sizes too big. I had originally thought of asking if one of my friends wanted it (I missed my true vocation in life – personal shopper), but I kept looking at the dress, and thinking about how much I liked it. I blame the mix of colours – chartreuse yellow with hints of cobalt blue – which is right up my alley.
Eventually, I had the bright idea to put a belt on it and add a cardigan – it looks fine, no (expensive) alterations needed. Obviously, it’s not a perfect fit, but it works for me. And score another win for this Anthro belt, a $20 find from their clearance section. Stretchy, embellished belts can be such great outfit-makers paired with dresses.
I’ve been doing practically no shopping except for thrifting lately, so I have a lot of photos to share. Hope you’re sitting comfortably, with a beverage of your choice close at hand.
Cute office wear dress. Not my size, but I figure this one went to a good home sooner rather than later.
At first, I was sort of intrigued by this coat, but the longer I looked at the print, the more it started to remind me of bacteria growing on an agar plate. Pass.
Cute but wrong size, and overpriced. Come on, Value Village!
Just slightly too big, but so on-trend with the fringe and the 70s vibe.
These were just a hoot.
I was torn, you guys. I almost bought this, but ultimately decided to exercise restraint. I just didn’t see myself wearing it very often, and as much as I liked it, it didn’t spark joy. Even at $7, it wasn’t worth it. I hope it found a good home.
Cute dress and great fit – plus, this came from a made-in-Canada label. Too bad I hate brown.
I really loved this, even though it’s an “older” style, but it was simply too big. Sadness.
I recognized this brand from blogland – I think it’s one of those mid-level labels that gets sold at Nordstrom maybe? It was 100% silk and a cute enough style, but I ended up passing. I liked the colours, but they weren’t super flattering on me.
Cute dress, just not my thing.
You know I love a good RL jersey dress, but again with the brown tones. Brown just makes me feel “whoop whomp, sad trombone” for some reason.
Value Village has wised up to Jimmy Choo, hah! I bought my old pair of Choo pumps for $8 a few years ago. This pair of flats was marked at $40. Whoo boy.
I tried to get my mom to buy these brand new peep-toe wedges, but she held out because she thought they were a little pricey. And you thought I was cheap …
No secret that I bought this. And loooove it.
I also bought this Anthro dress. For $3.50, are you kidding me? Thrifting Anthro pieces is one of my biggest weaknesses, and I love Nathalie Lete’s whimsical prints. I hunted one of her skirts on eBay for almost a year, after all – there was no way I’d leave this behind. Plus, I love butterflies. This dress was missing its belt and detachable shoulder straps but that didn’t bother me at all because I likely wouldn’t have used either.
Technically, I bought this at the antique mall, not at a thrift store, but the price was in the same ball park. You know I love me a good brooch.
These are some weird-ass shoes, and I love them. For some reason, they remind me of the bottle of that Angel perfume that used to be super popular when I was in high school. Anyone know what I’m talking about? Anyway, I bought them because I thought they’d work great with an outfit I was planning to wear at a gala event. Since I wasn’t buying anything else for the occasion, I didn’t mind splurging on shoes I may only ever wear once.
These, on the other hand, are pretty much classics. And they were brand new – the sole completely pristine. They came to less than $12 after a 30% off coupon. Crazy good deal.
Ditto for these La Canadienne boots, which netted around $18. I’m now set for winter boots for a while, I think.
All in all, another solid month of thrifting. How did you fare, my fellow thrift lovers?