Another month, another round-up of thrift finds, with bonus Calgary stuff thrown into the mix. I had pretty good luck this month, and spotted a bunch of cute-but-not-for-me pieces as well. Vacation thrifting was a bit of a bust, but the hometown scene more than makes up for that. Plus, at the end of this month I’ll be heading to Vancouver again, so I’ll get another chance to treasure hunt in new grounds.

We have a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

spotted not thrifted #1
spotted not thrifted #1
spotted not thrifted #2
spotted not thrifted #2

I like doing these collages because it gives you a sense of the spectrum of brands you can find in our local thrift stores. Basically, it’s anything and everything.

Left: Club Monaco; right: Iris Setlawke
Left: Club Monaco; right: Iris Setlawke

Two cute dresses, both passes for me. I adored the colour of the Club Monaco dress on the left, but it fit very poorly around the hips. The colour of the dress on the left does nothing for me, and the style is not really my thing either, but it’s a dress that would be fantastic on the right person. The brand is made in Canada, and sells for $$$ at Blu’s, so keep an eye out for it, ladies.

Talula blazer
Talula blazer

I love the cut of the Talula Kent blazer, but this one was too tight in the shoulders.

Vanessa Virginia blouse
Vanessa Virginia blouse

I have been searching high and low for a particular Vanessa Virginia blouse, but no luck. This one was cute but no cigar.

Teenflo suit
Teenflo suit

A beautiful cut skirt suit, but sadly a couple of sizes too big for me. Also, my work dress code is about to become a lot more casual, so a full suit is not something I really need these days. For $8, I hope someone picked this up.

French Connection pumps
French Connection pumps

Cute pumps in like-new condition, but too small for me.

Dex jacket
Dex jacket

This is not my current style, but I loved all the details. Very old skool Anthro-esque.

Talula blazer #2
Talula blazer #2

Another too-small Talula Kent blazer. The colour, while beautiful, is also not within my colour palette.

Nanette Lepore coat
Nanette Lepore coat

Cute coat but too gamine a style for me.

Knitted & Knotted sweater
Knitted & Knotted sweater

I loved this sweater so, so much, but the colour – gah! It makes me look green around the gills.

J. Crew dress
J. Crew dress

This dress was NWT, if I recall correctly, and I can see why. The fit … oof. I have no idea what body type this would flatter, but it ain’t mine.

Edme & Esyllte dress
Edme & Esyllte dress

Cute dress, not my thang. Still had the tags on. $168 seems ridiculously high for this.

Plenty by TracyReese dress
Plenty by TracyReese dress

Another cute dress which did my hips no favours.

J. Crew dress
J. Crew dress

Cute dress, but that flounce is not my (current) cup of tea.

Bob Mackie dress
Bob Mackie dress

Does anyone else remember the outfits that Bob Mackie used to design for Cher? This might as well be a nun outfit by comparison, but it was cool to see this retro callback.

Left: Jeoffrey Caoc; right: Ett Twa (??)
Left: Jeoffrey Caoc; right: Ett Twa (??)

A couple of cute tops I passed on. See, I DO have some self-restraint.

Maeve dress
Maeve dress

Remember my old no-Anthro-left-behind motto? Those were the good old days of … um … 2016. I left this behind; too “girly” for my current style.

Left: Charlie Jade; right: French Connection
Left: Charlie Jade; right: French Connection

These tops were also cute but not memorable enough to make up for the fact they were polyester.

Joie sweater
Joie sweater

Snakeprint is a no-go for me; otherwise this Joie sweater would have been a winner. Can’t have too many sweaters.

Cartonnier blazer
Cartonnier blazer

Leopard print is another no-go for me. It’s always a sad day when I have to pass on a Cartonnier blazer.

Rebecca Taylor jacket
Rebecca Taylor jacket

This Rebecca Taylor jacket was a bit more worn than I like, plus I wasn’t sure I could easily incorporate it into my wardrobe so I passed.

Zara top
Zara top

I was intrigued by this top. It had interesting design details, some of which looked expensive, but the hand-feel wasn’t right. All the tags had been cut off, but I googled it out of curiosity. It’s a Zara piece. The quality makes a lot of sense, knowing that.

Kate Spade Saturday dress
Kate Spade Saturday dress

Oh, to be a few years younger and/or a lot cooler! I have nowhere to wear a dress this funky and short, so I left it behind. Someone else will give it a good time, I’m sure.

Left: Hei Hei; right: J. Brand
Left: Hei Hei; right: J. Brand

I passed on the J Brand skinnies on the right because, although the colour was perfect, I have enough. Yes, you read that right. I didn’t buy something because I decided I had enough of a particular thing. Mark this one down for the history books.

I did buy the Hei Hei pants because they’re technically *not* sweatpants but sure feel like it. I am sure they will come in very handy one of these weekends.

T Babaton top
T Babaton top

Gah, I loved this top so, so much. I had been wanting a “marigold” top for ages, and I would have bought this in a heartbeat (even with the sheer-ish back), but the neckline was too low in the front. I was pretty bummed out about it, but my restraint was ultimately rewarded … to be continued below.

From top left (clockwise): J. Crew skirt; Pleione top; Deletta top; Cartonnier jacket
From top left (clockwise): J. Crew skirt; Pleione top; Deletta top; Cartonnier jacket

A few Calgary thrift hits. The only thing I bought from the above was the ivory Cartonnier jacket.

T Babaton sweater
T Babaton sweater

Yep, my consolation prize. Same brand, but a slightly different style. It’s kind of annoying that you can see my bra in the back, but I can live with it; the sweater is quite lightweight, so I can layer it under blazers for work if need be. Also, with a nude bra, it’s not at all see-through, I promise.

H&M top
H&M top

I don’t normally bother with H&M, but this colour is hard to find, and I liked the plainness of the top, so I bought it. It will be a nice complement to some of my statement (print) pieces.

Oak & Fort coat
Oak & Fort coat

I also love the simplicity of this Oak & Fort coat, which you have already seen in action. It’s a nice grey, and it will be perfect for early fall (and cooler summer mornings).

5 Comments on Tales From The Thrift: July Encore

  1. You have the best thrifring ‘luck’! That Kate Spade dress looked amazing on you, it didn’t look too short @ all. Ah well. It’s so hard to shop for practicality sometimes. I read a blog where the person said their closet is full of clothes for another person’s (more fun) life. I was getting better at this, but at one point I had great work outfits, but not much for the w/e. It was time to tilt the see-saw!

    • It is often hard even for me to remember who I am shopping for — that my life doesn’t justify certain purchases. It’s easy to get carried away by clothes and the promises they hold 😉

  2. Love your thrift round ups! Good luck thrifting in Vancouver. I mostly frequent Value Village’s and do score some sweet finds but they price random items ridiculously high here as well!
    Alas, Goodwill hasn’t made it this far west….so jealous…

    • I’ve thrifted in Van before, though never with much luck. My fave thrift store so far is the Salvation Army on west 4th. Any other recc’s?

      • If you have time to venture to suburbs, check out the central Richmond and Queensborough Value Village’s.

        If you are armed with a 30% off coupon and give yourself enough time, you should have some luck. I found my thrifting unicorn at the central Richmond location – a leather Mackage moto jacket (sold at Aritizia) for $35! But, be warned, the store is pretty divey. The Queensborough store is a much nicer.

        Happy thrifting!

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