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Thrifty Special Occasion

The only thing consistent about this blog is my inconsistency in posting regularly. My cousin visited from Croatia so that took up a lot of my spare time. Not that I minded. It was great to see him again. I consider him the older brother I never had. I’ve been working on a very high profile project at work too so that left me with no time for blogging.

Mr. Restyle and I recently attended a wedding for one of his coworkers. I am so glad I picked up this gorgeous champagne coloured dress at a local thrift store last year. I think it was still new and I paid either $1.50 or $2 for it. Amazing! At the time, I had no idea when I would wear it and the zipper pull was missing. Sorry for the bad quality pics. We didn’t bring our camera to the event, but you get the idea.

dress2I got so many lovely compliments, like “I love your dress, it’s very Grace Kelly.” It makes me smile a little inside because only I know about my secret thrifty finds. Here’s what I did to fashion a makeshift zipper pull. It’s made from an old pendant that I just tied on for now. The thread seems extremely noticeable and amplified in the picture but it really wasn’t visible.

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And on my feet, a pair of thrifted Steve Maddens.

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Summer Dress or Swimsuit Cover Up

I enjoyed a day at the beach today and wore this dress I picked up at Value Village.

It’s soft, comfy and colourful. As soon as I picked it up I knew it would be perfect as a beach cover up. Proof positive that you have the freedom to purpose your thrifty finds any way you like!

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I love the crochet detail at the top. It continues on the back as well.

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And the little belt adds a bit of detail.

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Today was a well needed break from the work we are doing in our kitchen. See the disaster below. If you enjoy our home DIYs, stick around because lots of exciting stuff has been going on which I will be sharing soon.
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Hope you’re enjoying nice weather where you are!

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Sometimes You Hit The Thrifting Motherlode

Ever have those days when you’re out thrifting and everything seems to be jumping right out at you and it all is just so perfect? That was me the other day. The great part was that I was out running an errand and just decided to stop by the store to look around. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular and there was no sale going on.

About 15 minutes before closing I walked over to the shoe section and really hadn’t planned on finding anything so close to the end of the day and there they were! 5 pairs of shoes made just for me. Somebody must’ve cleaned out their closet because these were in near perfect condition-never worn or slightly worn.

It started slowly. One pair. Then another and then another and my hands were grasping all over. Only 10 more minutes. Hurry! Hurry!

This, my friends, is what I refer to as the thrifting motherlode. When you just score and score and score.

Here they are.

Coral wedges. The perfect little summer go-to sandal.

Coral wedges. The perfect little summer go-to sandal.

Tommy Hilfiger strappy multi-colour sandal. The go-with-anything shoe.

Tommy Hilfiger strappy multi-colour sandal. The go-with-anything shoe.

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Colour block peep toe perfection.

White and light because I needed this colour.

White and light because I needed this colour.

And last but not least. These gorgeous shoes that are in one of my absolute most favourite colours of all and they are sooooo comfy.

Teal beauties.

Teal beauties.

One trip. One store. 5 pairs ranging in price from $7 to $18. Score! Hope your summer thrifting is just as good lately!

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Perfect Dress For a Walk in the Park

I’ve been away with my family for a few days and off all week, working like crazy on refinishing and reupholstering 3 old chairs. I hope to have a post on that soon. Thursday was a good day to take a break and go for a long walk. I decided to take my boys out to a park I used to frequent when my parents first settled in Canada. It brings back so many sweet childhood memories to stroll the grounds and marvel at all the old trees. Ah…summer!

???????????????????????????????During our mini vacation to Point Pelee, Ontario last weekend, we met with unexpected rain on the Saturday, so what to do but go thrifting of course! That is when I found this unusual printed maxi. This is not a style I would normally be drawn to but there was something about it.

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How I Rescued a Pair of Steve Maddens

When I spotted these Steve Madden wedges at the thrift store recently I tried them on. They fit. I paid. I went home. Then I noticed that the elastic on both sandals was disintegrating and could come apart any time.

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There were only 2 options: 1. Forget about them and toss ’em. 2. Take them to the shoe repair shop. Well, I couldn’t toss them. They were in really good shape and wedges are perfect for summer. I love them for work as they’re so comfy and they look great. The shoe repair guy? Meh, how hard could it be to fix this?

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I’m going to play cobbler for a day. How could I NOT see this problem when I tried them on? I need to start carrying my reading glasses around EVERYWHERE!

Step One: Cut that offender out!

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Not bad Ms. Cobbler. Not bad.

Step Two: Cut a new piece of elastic for each shoe. I didn’t even measure anything. Just eyeballed it and started hand sewing the new elastic in place making sure to poke the little spike through the elastic in the middle (OK, I actually had to google the word for that part, the spike. I was going to say that sticking up thing that goes in the hole). However did we survive without google?

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Light Bulb Moment: Now that I think of it, I’ve got a pair of gorgeous red heels where one of the slingbacks is too loose. I don’t know if one foot is bigger than the other or what but I’ve had the shoes for years and don’t wear them because one keeps sliding off. I could do the same thing for those.

Lesson learned: dont’ toss! You can figure it out!

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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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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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Thrifted Good Buy: Cardigans

I find one of the best things to thrift is the trusty cardigan. Cardigans, unlike sweaters, don’t get as much wear because people tend to put them on and take them off quite regularly. They just don’t stay on for as long as sweaters do so they tend to be in much better condition. Here are a few I’ve thrifted. I rarely wear blouses in winter so I really look forward to wearing a light top or blouse with a cardigan on top. I think they’re perfect for spring.

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Lime green Eddie Bauer Cable Knit

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Baby blue 3/4 Sleeve

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Cream Diane von Furstenberg. When I brought this home, I didn’t notice a small tear in the left shoulder. A few stitches and you can’t even tell!

And my absolute favourite, this beautiful merino wool cardigan from Italy. This is so incredibly soft and I love the detail of the ties at the top.

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Beige merino wool cardigan made in Italy.

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