More, more, more. That’s my motto when it comes to thrifting, apparently. If you follow my IG, you’re not surprised. It’s the thrill of the treasure hunt that gets me every time. Following a bunch of expert thrifters on social media doesn’t help; seeing their awesome finds makes me all the more excited to go out there and thrift to my heart’s content. That’s what social media is for, right: encouraging questionable decision-making? #kidding #notkiddding

Let’s see what the thrift had in store for me most recently:

Liberty for Target ($6)
Liberty for Target ($6)

I love Liberty prints, but some of them aren’t particularly wearable — not for my current lifestyle anyway. This was a pass for me.

unknown brand ($13)
unknown brand ($13)

I’m honestly a bit sad I passed on this jacket. The sleeves were faux leather, and it’s a style I’ve actually thought about trying before. I ended up passing because I don’t really have much need for casual jacket options, and the price on this one seemed a bit steep at the time. With a 30% off coupon, it would have been around $10 and … actually, what was I thinking? I probably should have bought it. Oh well.

Dolce & Gabbana belt ($8)
Dolce & Gabbana belt ($8)

It’s too bad about the hideous buckle, because this was a nice red leather belt otherwise.

RACHEL Rachel Roy dress ($18)
RACHEL Rachel Roy dress ($18)

Passed on this RR dress. Every time I hear that name now, I just think of Becky With The Good Hair. Or, if I’m lucky, Bucky With The Good Hair. #TeamWinterSoldier4Evah

Lord & Taylor pants ($4)
Lord & Taylor pants ($4)

I almost got these; the fit was great and see above re my love of Liberty prints. I didn’t because I’ve accumulated quite a lot of pants recently, and I rarely wear pants to begin with; a floral pair simply wasn’t going to get enough wear.

Joe's Jeans ($12)
Joe’s Jeans ($13)

Value Village has wised up to designer denim. Thirteen dollars for a pair of jeans? No, thank you.

J. Brand jeans ($3)
J. Brand jeans ($3)

On the other hand, I’ll take $3 J Brand capris, even if they have a ridiculous star print on them. I cannot believe these originally retailed for over $300. Too ridiculous!

Adriano Goldschmied Stevie jeans ($4)
Adriano Goldschmied Stevie jeans ($4)

AG Stevies for under $5? YES, PLEASE. These looked small, but I tried them on anyway because … Stevies, duh. Surprisingly, they fit. What can I say, they are beyond stretchy. At home, I washed them and then accidentally put them through the dryer. Ugh. They came out looking like, frankly, kid’s pants. And still — somehow, miraculously — they fit. Definitely not work-appropriate skinny jeans, but perfect for weekends. They are unbelievably soft.

MaxMara coat ($7)
MaxMara coat ($7)

I found this trench before the Burberry, and bought it as an interim replacement while my trench search continued. It’s too large for me, however, so I’m definitely passing it on now. The material is very soft and luxe-feeling. I hope one of my friends is looking for a trench …

Boden skirt ($5)
Boden skirt ($5)
so pretty!
so pretty!

This Boden skirt was too pretty to pass up, even though it was also too big for me … so I bought it for my mom. She loves it.

Boden top ($4)
Boden top ($4)
pretty details
pretty details

Ditto with this Boden top. I’m glad to see more Boden pieces making their way into our local thrift stores.

Maeve blouse ($12)
Maeve blouse ($12)

Loved the colours of this Anthro blouse — so much so that I bought it at “full”, undiscounted VV price.

Reiss belt ($7)
Reiss belt ($7)

I’d loved to find an actual Reiss piece one of these days, but I’m happy with this belt in the meantime.

Diane von Furstenberg top ($4)
Diane von Furstenberg top ($4)

DVF for under $5? No brainer. I love the feel of the bamboo lining — it’s incredibly soft. Would love to find some pyjamas made out of bamboo, but it’s probably an expensive material. (Yes? No? Anyone know?)

BCBG jacket ($13)
BCBG jacket ($13)

I’m pretty sure I remember this jacket when it was in stores. Love the draping, the soft faux suede, and the lovely dove grey colour. Impulse buy, but no regrets about this one.

Ben Sherman pea coat ($8)
Ben Sherman pea coat ($8)

A black peacoat that fits like a dream? Sign me up! My coat game will be stronger than ever come fall. I’m pumped.

T. Babaton pants ($8)
T. Babaton pants ($8)

Black, cropped trouser-style pants that fit great? Even though I don’t love wearing pants, I had to get these.

Cartonnier blazer ($8)
Cartonnier blazer ($8)

Another black blazer, you say? Well, yes, I do have a few already. But! This one is a thick knit, with a nice lining, so it will be a nice, cozy option come fall. Also, it’s double-breasted and a bit of a loose fit, so it’s a different style than my other black blazers. Makes ALL the difference, I tell you!

Arnold Churgin shoes ($12)
Arnold Churgin shoes ($12)

Impulse buy because they were brand new and handmade (according to the label). Arnold Churgin is a well-known shoe store in Calgary, or at least it used to be. (C-town peeps, is it still around?) In addition to selling designer brands, Churgin also made its own shoes, and I believe the quality was supposed to be quite good. I may not end up keeping these, because the style is not quite up my street, but we’ll see.

Arcadia bag ($4)
Arcadia bag ($4)

Talked about this bag already. Love, love, love. Needed a bit of TLC, but I did manage to get the worst schmutz off with some rubbing alcohol.

before & after
before & after

Always be careful when cleaning a patent leather bag with rubbing alcohol or acetone. Test a small patch to make sure the leather is not affected; I’ve never had issues, but better safe than sorry. There was nothing to be done in this case about the colour transfer and small pen mark; both had sunk below the patent coating, making removal impossible. I understand that it can be possible to remove both provided you do it promptly, before they settle. Just a PSA.

colour transfer & pen mark
colour transfer & pen mark

Still, the worst of the colour transfer is not particularly visible. Here’s the “bad” side of the bag:

the "bad" side
the “bad” side

Not so bad, really.

Tadashi Shoji dress ($12)
Tadashi Shoji dress ($12)

Last but not least, I found this sparkly Tadashi Shoji mini dress which I simply HAD to buy, even though I have no idea where I’ll wear it. All I know is that WHEN I do, I’ll be able to pretend I’m a Hollywood starlet. #priceless

Nina Dobrev red carpet-ing it up
Nina Dobrev red carpet-ing it up

Have you been thrifting lately? Hit me with your finds in the comments.

14 Comments on Tales from the Thrift: Once More, With Feeling

  1. Awesome finds. Love the Boden pieces especially, they never make their way into my thrift stores. Happy hunting. Cheers, Michele

  2. Just thrifted today, actually! I found a soft black and white striped top, a black tunic, dark trouser jeans (Banana Republic, just need a button sewn back on) and a cute dress in jewel tone blue, green and purple paisley. All told, under $15. I have a very limited color palette, as you can see! I also got a pretty cake stand that I will be using in a couple of weeks for a birthday cake, and unicorn earrings because I am ridiculous and they are fun.

    • Unicorn earrings???? Oh man, I wish I could see those … of course you needed them. “Ridiculous but fun” is a legit category in my closet.

  3. Also the title of this post immediately brought “they got the mustard ouuuuuut!” and “Tara, Anya, she needs backup” to mind. I just watched the entire series. Followed by Angel.

    • Thanks! I love reading other thrifters’ posts for precisely the same reason. It’s kind of like the style version of Storage Wars (is that still on the air?).

  4. I got a chance to visit my favourite thrift store on the weekend, but the pickings were slimmer than usual. I got a black maxi dress (I wear the one I own to death so I’m glad of a backup) and a daisy-print mint maxi skirt (so light!).

    I saw a rose-print Rachel Roy dress and thought of you, Adina. Unfortunately it was in your size and not mine. 🙁

    • The pickings have been slimmer lately for me too (this post goes back about a month). Maybe it’s just the thrift cycle, or maybe it’s because I’ve gotten really picky. Bound to happen when you have as many clothes as I do 😉

      Aww, I do love me a Rachel Roy dress — too bad that one didn’t work for you!

  5. I think that’s part of what I’m going through too. I have a lot of clothes as well, and it’s just not worth getting something new unless I love it. Laundry is already practically a full time job at my house. 😛

  6. I have that leopard print Boden top! I’ve been buying since 2009 and do not recognise that skirt so it must pre-date me by quite some margin. Pretty though!

    • I kinda figured, but that is interesting to know. It’s amazing how the quality has held up, all things considered. I loved the Boden top — kinda wish it had been my size 😉