Friday, 10 March 2017

Outfit of the day OOTD Homewrecker edition

Good day friends! We're enjoying sub-zero temperatures here in Northwestern Ontario.  Which leads to my outfit picture.  A tuque, warm Norwegian wool sweater and cordouroys. The sweater and cords were thrifted from a Salvation Army.  I love finding Norwegian sweaters!  They are thick, warm, colorful and comfortable.  They are the perfect thing for bone-biting, winter weather.

Nothing says "class" like a bathroom selfie!


I accessorized this outfit with safety glasses, work gloves and thick shoes because of this project.





A few months ago, I cashed in some savings.  The savings were accumulated over 27 years of penny-pinching and budgeting.  I used the proceeds to purchase an investment property in our rather dilapidated, downtown core.

 On January 31st I took possession of this lovely old building.  

Cumberland Manor House, established 1940??

The Cumberland Manor House is a 19 room boarding house. It is a solid, two-storey brick building.  Located in what used to be a bustling industrial area.  My neighbours include fast food restaurants, a meth clinic and a liqour store. The good news is that the neighbours also include an art gallery, dance studio and a learning academy.  After 20 years of a rather downtrodden existence, there is rejuvenation in the downtown area.  Vacant banking buildings and old-style tailor shops are turning into bustling restaurants, pubs and boutiques. There is a long way to go before all vacant buildings are filled with new enterprises, but we're getting there.  The Manor House is located a few blocks away from this growing entertainment district. I know that once rehabilitated, this boarding house will fit nicely with the newer, upscale clientele.  

On February 28th, I helped the last tenant move out of this building.  Some of the tenants didn't leave their rooms in a tidy state.

Yuck!
I have been busy clearing out rooms, and demolishing old nasty drywall.  The previous tenants were allowed to smoke in the building.  The new tenants will not.

Here is my 'to do' list, written in marker in one of the rooms.



Let me tell you, my arms and shoulders are getting an excellent workout from demolition and debris removal!!

And so friends, if I neglect this blog for a few weeks, please forgive me.  I still visit your blogs regularly.  They're a welcome distraction from drywall dust and debris removal.  

Happy thrifting ;)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Organizing Thrifty

Happy Chinese New Year, ya'll!

The new year is traditionally a time where consumers sort out their belongings, and purchase high-priced organizing solutions.

I choose not to over-spend on storage solutions.  If I wait long enough, I'll find what I need at a second-hand store.

I have lots of clothes.  

And don't get me started on my purse collection! 

I used to store my overflow clothing in these plastic drawers.

$20 on sale at Walmart.

A few weeks ago, I found this fabulous wardrobe from Habitat for Humanity Restore.  All the contents from the plastic drawers fit into one of the drawers.  I have room to grow, hurrah!

Vintage Lane Wardrobe, $100




Did I mention that I have a plethora of purses?  I store them in suitcases.

This suitcase is a metal steamer trunk.



Aren't these leather handbags fabulous?




The remaining purses went in this suitcase.





Now I need to sort out my boot socks and my tights.






My overflow scarves went into a thrifted basket.

Here is a picture of my storage.  Items I use everyday are in easy reach.  Other items are stored up, and out of the way.  I hope you like the way it looks.  It's nice to have things organized in an interesting, eclectic way.  



The steamer truck was thrifted for $40. The suitcases and basket were thrifted for $6 each. The wardrobe was $100.

Be careful when purchasing furniture and suitcases.  Bedbugs can lurk in dark corners.

Other thrifted finds include this nice selection of china.

Royal Albert, fine bone china for a few dollars each, hurrah!

Crystal glasses for $1 each.



Vintage expo67 Canada Day ashtray for $4




Selection of CDs, DVDs, Toby mug and earrings.

Even though my jewellery collection has taken over several cupboards and the top of my dresser.  I had been eyeing these earrings above for weeks.

I bought the earrings, and a few other treasures very cheaply.  The Loft crystal necklace, crystal heart necklace, zipper necklace and cloisonee clamper bracelet came home with me for $3 each.










This month I knitted several infinity scarves.  You can loop the scarf several times around your face and neck to keep out the cold.




One friend kindly commented that the scarves I made are nice enough to be sold!  Well, perhaps I will while my time away knitting for profit once I complete more urgent projects ...hah!

Happy organizing everyone! I hope you all enjoy a happy and prosperous 2017!!  Cock-a-doodle-doo!!


happy thrifting ;)


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Staying warm Minus 10 degrees

Hello friends! 

What to wear in -10 Celcius.

thrifted scarf, wool cardi, American Eagle jeans..the boots were purchased new several years ago


The black sweater was a lucky find at Salvy Anne.


this nice red scarf is an Aids Awareness scarf



Everything here is thrifted except for the pompom hat...


..and the broach.


Red cashmere sweater (thrifted), white/black plaid jacket (thrifted), leggings from RW


I love the subtle print on these pants.



What's a girl to do once she's finished watching Game of Thrones?

Why throw on a hat and visit the Salvy Anne!  I found some beautiful, albeit smallish, suede coats.

Yes, I'm wearing leaf print sweat pants.


Stay warm!


happy thrifting ;)



Monday, 2 January 2017

Festive special


Have you ever had a day where you had less than 10 minutes to go from work to an evening out?

Welcome to my life.

Warning, this post is looooong.





I wore this one evening when we went out at a comedy club.  I remember dashing home after work with only a few minutes to change.  Slipping on the velvet maxi (or is it velour?), and layering on my long shearling vest.




And then I started putting on necklaces.

Lots of necklaces.




I absolutely love everything I'm wearing. We had a ridiculously good time that night, and I'll forever associate the things I wore with those fond memories.


shearling vest, le chateau $100
vintage black maxi-dress, thrifted $2
elephant necklaces, thrifted $10
off-white beaded necklace, thrifted $3
black heart necklace, Icing $3
lace-up flats, Ardene $5


The  le chateau vest was a splurge.  I rarely buy things that aren't on sale.  But I fell in love with this ultra-soft vest.  And I had a birthday, gift card, so what the heck, I bought it.

The next event was the office Christmas party.  Absolutely everything was thrifted...and it was mah-velous!!










I had started scouring thrift stores for party dresses back in September.  October and November have the darkest, longest nights, so I was looking for something bright and festive.

This red floral dress was snapped up for $4 at the Sally Anne.  So was the blazer and shoes.  The purse was a Value Village buy.



I dithered over whether to buy this pretty gold and enamel necklace.  



I spotted the necklace dangling off a rack of jewellery.  I held it for a while, then I thought of all the jewellery I had, and I put it back.  Then I thought about it some more...I really liked the geometric design and the careful construction.  So it came home with me.

I was glad I did.  In the flurry of getting ready, I auditioned it with the dress.  It flattered the V-neck of the dress nicely!  

Velvet blazer, thrifted $2
Liz Claiborne dress, thrifted $4
Trifari necklace, thrifted $6
Liz Claiborne purse, thrifted $14
shoes, thrifted $7

When I was putting the necklace away the next day, I noticed it was signed Trifari.  I knew from my ebay selling days that Trifari is a coveted brand.  Imagine my surprise when I Googled "Trifari Kunio Matsumoto"  and saw that this necklace was selling for more than a hundred dollars on the resale market. Wow!

I immediately rushed back to Value Village hoping to find the matching earrings and bracelet. 



This is what I wore to Thanksgiving dinner.  It was crucial that I wore something that would allow me to eat large quantities of food and laugh a lot :)

The sweater is from Cleo, I really liked the chain details.  The black skirt is a nice, heavier weight knit skirt.  The label is Lapis.  It was another $2 deal from Salvation Army.



Cleo tunic sweater, $70
Lapis knit skirt, thrifted $2
DSW boots, $40

The boots were bought a few years ago when I visited Shoe Warehouse in Duluth. I like them because they comfortable, and the metallic studs are subtly decorative.






I was thrilled when magazines started featuring glittery, sequined or beaded sweaters.  I have a collection of 80's sweaters which were cheaply purchased second-hand.  It's especially gratifying wearing something unique, high-quality and trendy.

I wore the black sweater with gold sequins and beads to a surprise birthday party.  I didn't want to be burdened with a coat.  So this lambswool sweater was paired with some glittery flats, and jeans.  It kept me warm and comfortable enough that I could park and walk to the venue in chilly weather.

The lace blouse and vest to the right are also thrifted.  The pink rhinestone broach was an ebay find.  I keep combinations like this ready to wear on hangars.  It's a lifesaver on days when I have to change outfits quickly.



Embellished sweater, thrifted $2
Pink lace blouse, thrifted $5
Vest waistcoat, thrifted $3
Pink rhinestone broach, ebay $25








Shiny footwear is excellent for amping up an outfit.  The glittery flats were a thrift store find from 2 years ago.  The shiny boots were a hand-me-down from stylist.







I love shine.  I was especially glad to find this shimery, lurex blouse at the Salvy Army.  I paired it with a vintage, lambswool tube skirt and wore it to a Christmas party.  For the picture I also added this gold link belt.

I also love plaid. The red plaid shirt is made of shiny velour.  I wore it with stretchy jeans to on Christmas Day.

Both outfits were thrifted.  They cost less than $15 from head to toe.


everything is thrifted



Here is another 80s beaded sweater.  It's IB Diffusion, a label I coveted back then.  It's a beautifully made, lambswool and angora dress with carefully sewn bugle beads.  I bought it for very little (like $5 or so).  I volunteer with the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign and sometimes I work in very cold areas.  So I layered this dress over another sweater, skinny jeans and boots.

The fabulous red velvet drss was $5 (wow!).  It has a neat embossed design.

It makes me sad when I shop at the mall with stylist.  The clothing that is made now doesn't have this quality anymore.  One of the many reasons why I enjoy shopping vintage is the quality of the material and superior workmanship.  

These dresses would have cost a small fortune back in the day.  It was anti-fast fashion.


Haha! It looks like the black dress is touching the red dress.


The fun part of cold weather is cute, novelty sweaters!  

Check out the rhinestone bow-tie!
I bought this sweater and a bunch of other stuff at a heavily discounted sale at Kohl's.  Back in the day, when the Canadian-US exchange wasn't punishingly high, we would shop in Duluth as an annual treat.

I wore the novelty sweater with RW leggings.  RW is one of my favorite, retail places to shop.  The quality and style is great. Their stuff lasts for years, and the colours are brilliant.

It's difficult to see in the picture, but the dark blue leggings have a really cool diamond design. I adore anything that reminds me of vintage neckties from the seventies.

I won't lie, I like my sweats and jeans.




If you like sweats, check out Roots.  Their stuff used to be made in Canada. Nowadays not so much.  Yes their stuff is eye-wateringly expensive, but they do have an outlet.





Back to parties.  I paired this dress with a velvet blazer and hung it on a hangar so that I can quickly grab it the next time I have to go out. The dress is RW, the blazer is INC International (both thrifted for a few dollars).






The last outfit I'm going to show you came from Value Village.  I gasped when I found the kilt.  It's green and brown and it's ultra-long.  It's vintage and the quality is fantastic!

The brown top was found further down the aisle and it matches the skirt exactly. 

Wow, I wonder if the same person donated both items!  If so, thank you!


the brown sweater has a touch of Lurex

Luurrrve this kilt!

Whew! Thanks for reading this extensively long post.  I'm going for a walk.

happy thrifting ;)