Restyle4Life

Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Thrifted Goodies: Bags & Shoes

I am back from the great white north. A few days of rest and relaxation camping in Bear Country did me some good, I made a quick stop to Chicago for business last week as well so I haven’t been able to post anything.

Just quickly sharing a few thrifted finds like this Birks handbag. Now, I hadn’t done any research on these until last night. This might be vintage. It looks like it from the interior. I just thought it was a cute little bag for going out.

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Vintage Birks handbag.

If anyone knows anything about these, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Interior

I also picked up this one. There are no markings on it but it looks old and smells even older! I love when things smell old…I think I might be weird that way.

Vintage bag, no name, no markings.

Vintage bag, no name, no markings.

And the smelly ole inside…

087Next, we have this lovely pair of yellow wedges. No name brand anywhere on them but they are so comfortable and I like the ankle strap. I picked these up at Value Village.

Sunny wedges

Sunny wedges

 

Aren't they cute? I don't think I've ever owned yellow shoes. A great alternative to white or cream for the warm months.

Aren’t they cute? I don’t think I’ve ever owned yellow shoes. A great alternative to white or cream for the warm months.

Mr. Restyle was with me when I bought these next ones. In fact, he spotted them. I wasn’t sure. I was afraid they might look old lady like but I secretly really liked them. They are from France! Brand new condition and they are the most comfortable shoes ever!

Sonate slingbacks made in France.

Sonate slingbacks made in France.

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Oui oui, mais non non to the unpolished pedi (sorry). Should’ve kept the polish on til AFTER I took the pics.

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Oh how I wish I were in Paris sipping a drink and having a bite to eat in one of the countless cafes whilst wearing these shoes, a wonderful summer skirt and blouse (perhaps a hat) and watching the world go by!

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What Do You Do When Someone Just Hands You a Bag of Clothes?

Mr. Restyle works with a woman who LOVES to shop and I mean LOVES to shop, as in every day during lunch time she is at the store and every day she is buying SOMETHING! Actually, I think she may be obsessed with shopping.

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This means she is always purging her closet. She brought in a bag of clothes and just gave it to him. Now I am very grateful for this gesture but I have some work to do as we are not the same size. I’m medium. She’s large,shop and everything is too big for me, not my usual style or print preference but heck, it’s free. As in, I didn’t spend a dime on any of this. It’s begging to be refashioned, if I only I had time, time and more time!

So, I shall begin (or at least HOPE to begin). I wish I could work on stuff every night but there’s thing called actual work (AKA day job) and summer means I’m constantly harvesting from the garden, pulling weeds and tending things that grow but is this exciting or what? What would you do if someone handed you a bag of their cast-offs? What if you didn’t like any of the stuff? Would you still try to work with it?

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The Design is in the Detail

Sometimes you stumble upon something that looks quite simple…until you put it on. Like this tank/cardi set. When I saw it at the thrift store it caught my attention because of its crisp elegance. It was brand new and looked well made.

Thrifted Cable & Gauge twinset.

Thrifted Cable & Gauge twinset.

Today was the first time I wore it and I was pleasantly surprised. This simple twinset looks so much better on me than it did on the hanger.

Hook & eye closures all the way up the front.

Hook & eye closures all the way up the front.

It paired perfectly with a white thrifted skirt. Love the fact that it has 3/4 sleeves. Was great for a day like today as it has cooled down considerably from yesterday.

Soft, lightweight, classic in design.

Soft, lightweight, classic in design.

What I really wanted to point out though was how the small details can really make an otherwise boring set.

Beautiful black floral stitching.

Beautiful black floral stitching.

 

...and tiny little rhinestone details.

…and tiny little rhinestone details.

Happy Sunday! It’s raining today which is a bummer because I cut up a few tshirts the other day to make into “workout” tops. I don’t workout per se, but I’ve started riding my bike again and wanted some tank tops to use for cycling. I’ll post those tomorrow.

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Easy Denim-What I Wore Today

I wore this denim Della Spiga skirt today that I thrifted last year from Salvation Army (I think). I love it because it’s a little different than your regular denim pencil skirt. The A-line design is very forgiving. It has red stitching so I paired it with this red Jacob blouse (also thrifted) and a pair of nude wedges by b.o.c..

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Just chillin' on my front portch. Shoes: b.o.c. from DSW that I picked up last year in L.A.

Just chillin’ on my front porch.
Sandals: b.o.c. from DSW that I picked up last year in L.A.

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Who Needs Coach? I’ve Got a Thrifted Handbag Collection

OK, here’s the thing. I don’t like Coach handbags. I know I’m probably in the minority. I just don’t get IT! I think they’re ugly. I know they are all the rage. I know they are some sort of status/fashion symbol kinda thing. I understand that they’re supposedly very well crafted and will last a lifetime. I still don’t like them. At all.

Why, oh why would I want a purse with a bunch of ugly letter ‘C’s all over it that comes in hideous, ugly, colours? I don’t and that’s that. Even if I could justify spending $300+ on a handbag, I STILL wouldn’t buy one cause I just plain don’t like ’em. Vintage Coach bags without the Cs all over them on the other hand…I could see myself picking one up. OK, rant over.

Ugly Coach Bags

Ugly Coach Bags

What I do like is my growing collection of thrifted handbags. I’ve only just started buying them so I’ve got a long way to go because what I’ve started with here are pretty much just staples. Nothing special really. The point of this post is to show you that thrift stores can be great alternative places to get handbags. I have yet to strike gold in terms of finding that designer bag that someone’s donated but you never know.

Straw bag-brand new and the perfect look for summer.???????????????????????????????

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Vintage Black Clutch-so special it deserves a post of its own.???????????????????????????????

 

Purple Flower Bag-unique and different. Feels like leather. No brand but I love the softness of the leather, the colour and the vintage-inspired closure.???????????????????????????????

 

 

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Brown/Purple Paisley Bag-different and stands out from all the other boring brown bags out there. I’ve gotten compliments on this one.???????????????????????????????

 

Red KGB Bag-a big, roomy bag with handy pockets in the front for phone and office key card. This one’s a little heavy though.

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Small Black Leather Wallet Purse-so handy for just dashing out when you only need a wallet, keys and phone.021

 

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Has a removable inner bag. I may shorten the straps and use it like a wristlet.???????????????????????????????

The next time you’re thrifting check out the handbags. You never know!

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The Biggest, Bestest, Badass Vintage Jewellery Box Ever

Mr. Restyle bought me a jewellery box before we married in 1991. It’s served its purpose very well but I could never fit everything in it and part of the front door had broken off. Sadly, it was time to say goodbye. I picked up this absolutely amazing big ass box at Value Village. It is real wood. It’s huge and it fits everything. I love it.

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It’s a little beat up but look at those handles and pulls.???????????????????????????????

 

I don’t have much costume jewellery but what I do have fits beautifully in this box. The top tray holds all of my rings and earrings.???????????????????????????????

 

Look at that sticker and banner-The Empress! LOL The “queen” of all jewellery boxes. I can’t believe these things were still attached to the box. Someone took good care of this.???????????????????????????????

 

The bottom tray holds watches, some boxes that I keep charms in and other odds and ends.???????????????????????????????

 

The bottom drawer and the 2 trays within contain all of my bracelets and necklaces. I like that the necklaces are not hanging on that carousel thing like a regular box. Nothing gets tangled this way.008

 

And here’s the best part. There is an inscription on the bottom tray that reads “Ethel from Lionel. Happy Birthday 1966.” How incredibly sweet is that? I wonder who Ethel and Lionel are/were. That’s the thing about buying old stuff. It all has a story. I hope they were happy. Maybe they were married and lived a long life and he bought her many, many beautiful things to put in this jewellery box. Happy Birthday Ethel!???????????????????????????????

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The Little Black Vintage Clutch

This is what I became so excited about the other day. This gorgeous vintage black clutch. I have been looking for one for quite a while so I grabbed this when I spotted it. It’s clean, in perfect condition. It’s black. And gold. And vintage! The inside is immaculate. The label says “National” Made in Canada. How often do you see that these days?

You gorgeous thing you!

You gorgeous thing you!

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Sleek and slim.

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Canadian made!

Canadian made!

This is the perfect little grab and go clutch for any season. Price: $7.99 with 30% off discount. Score!

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Removing That Sooooo 2004 Ruching From a Blouse

Green is my favourite colour so when I find something in a shade of green that I particularly like, I’ll pick it up. Like this blouse from Le Chateau that I thrifted last summer. I like this shade. It goes with a lot of skirts I already have but that ruching along the sleeves and the back seam is SO 2004. People who don’t thrift have a preconceived notion that those who do often do not look fashionable or on trend…WRONG!

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That ruching has GOT to go!

It does take a bit of work sometimes but you shouldn’t pass up a piece you like just because of something that is so incredibly easy to fix.

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Ruching is achieved by pinning a piece of elastic onto the fabric and stretching as you stitch. This is very easy to remove. Now, I KNOW I took pictures of the process but I can’t find them anywhere! Argh! It’s very simple though. Just unpick the stitching holding the elastic in place using a seam ripper. In my case, the seams on the sleeves stayed in place but when I unpicked the ruching along the back seam it left me with a seam to resew. No big deal. Just stitch it up.

I had a few very tiny holes from the stitching/ruching after I unpicked so I just threw the blouse in the washing machine and pressed it once dry. Now I have a simple, streamlined blouse that’s wearable again!

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Much more 2014 now!

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So much better!

 

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Breezy Thrifted Maxi Skirt & Thrifting Weekend

It has been a truly glorious weekend weather-wise. It’s the perfect temperature and with a slight breeze blowing, this thrifted maxi skirt is just the ticket. I picked it up last year from Talize. I paired it with this thrifted black T and black suede mocassins from Value Village.

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Maxi skirt: thrifted from Talize. Top: thrifted (can’t remember where), Moccasins: Value Village, Shades: St. Catharines Flea Market.

I like this one because although it’s a print, it’s not too loud. Mr. Restyle and I had a great weekend of thrifting. Friday night we headed one town over to a true charity shop called Grimsby Benevolent Fund. This place was well-stocked with furniture, kitchen and glassware, toys, games and books galore. It’s very well organized and priced very, very reasonably. I picked up a few tops and a black leather belt along with a couple of Corelle plates to match some we already had. A few had broken over the years so I was ecstatic to find the same pattern and for 25 cents a piece? I mean, really.

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Grimsby Benevolent Fund Retail Store

Saturday took us to Beamsville’s Bibles for Missions where I picked up a pair of rollerblades for 3 bucks. I have been able to ice skate since I was a little kid but rollerblading is something I never learned. There will be some shopping for protective gear before I can practice. That was all we had planned to do until Mr. Restyle took out his phone and with the help of an app he has installed, suggested we drive another 15 minutes out to St. Catharines to the Value Village there. Why not? I was pleasantly surprised by this location. It seemed to have WAY more in the tops/blouses section than you find in east Hamilton. I did really well here with a few more tops and scored a beautiful vintage leather clutch that I’ll write about in another post.

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Bibles for Missions

 

Well, what was across the street from the VV? The St. Catharines Ontario Street Flea Market. Flea market’s are not really my thing but the mister, he likes to look around. It’s your typical flea market set up. Towards the back is where everything’s hoarded. I didn’t feel like digging around because I hadn’t anticipated being out so long yesterday. Maybe next time.

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Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend!

 

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Spring Sheer

I’m going to be starting up my thrifted lookbook again which will feature outfits I’ve put together from clothing I’ve thrifted. Here’s a classic black and white look. I paired a white pencil skirt I thrifted the other day with a tank top I already owned and this beautiful sheer blouse. The skirt had never been worn. I can tell because it has a slit at the back which was still stitched closed. I loved the blouse as soon as I spotted it. It’s great for spring days when it’s too cool for short sleeves. Happy Mother’s Day!

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B&W blouse: thrifted Value Village. White pencil skirt: thrifted from Salvation Army. Black patent leather pumps: mine from Spring.

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