|Tapestry broach ($2, Value Village), dangly green earrings (33 cents, Value Village), copper enamelled maple leaves (33 cents, Value Village), vintage Coro thermoset earrings (33 cents, Value Village).|
The Coro earrings were a total score. The three, wavy strips are a pearlescent white and midnight blue. The thift store gods must have been smiling on me because I also happened to find the matching necklace a few weeks earlier at the same Value Village yee-haw!
I love thermoset jewellery. This type of jewellery was made in the 50s through the 70s. It would come in sets of earrings, necklace, broach and bracelet called parures. I've purchased my share of parures, and demi-parures on ebay. I more than happy to buy them at yard sales and thrift stores as they are usually cheaper than ebay.
If you ask really nice, I may show you my collection of thermoset and other vintage jewellery. :)
|Dr. Scholls brown sandals ($10, thrifted), Naturalizer leather flats ($10, thrifted) and handbag ($25, thrifted)|
I never find shoes at thrift stores. To be honest, used shoes used to rank highly on my ickymeter. Then one day I started reading about fabulous shoes finds here and here. So I plucked up my courage and sallied forth into the shoe racks. To my surprise and delight, I found shoes. I found a whole lot of shoes! Of course it helps that I'm a size 7.
The 2 pairs of shoes above were in mint condition. I don't think they were worn at all. I wore the Dr. Scholl's sandals on a recent, tropical holiday. They were sooo comfortable. The Naturalizer flats are made of strips of multi-colored leather. The leather comes in delicious shades such as lime, fuschia and pink. I was so happy when I found these shoes I think I floated over to the handbags. The handbag above may not be the real thing, but it's the perfect size for me, and I liked the studded detailing. This handbag is now living with the rest of my handbag collection :)
|Yellow denim capris ($5, thrifted, the tags are still on it), burgundy cordorouy knee-skirt Gap ($5, thrifted)|
|Long rayon shirt with apples and pears ($5, thrifted). Long cotton skirt ($7 thrifted)|
The long cotton skirt is white with a brown print. It's Denver Hayes. It has an elastic waist and an inner lining so I won't shock people by showing them an outline of my legs (the horror). These skirts are perfect for wearing as a skirt, or as a strapless dress.
|Leather shoes ($10, thrifted), silk scarf ($1, thrifted)|
|Earrings (thrifted $2, Salv Army)|
|Comfy XL black tee with neon Las Vegas logo ($2, Salv Army).|
|Sorry for the sideways pic. Denim jacket with studs and jewels ($7, Salv Army).|
Although spring is on it's way, I'm hoping that we'll have a few more weekends of snow so that I can get some skiing in.
I'll post the rest of my finds later. Lessons learned during these thrift hauls are:
1. Shop off-season. I found fabulous, summer shoes in the winter.
2. Follow staff when they stock the shelves. While I was browsing in the Salv Army I stumbled across an Under Armour hat. The hat had been on the floor for about 5 minutes before I snapped it up. Cost, $4. They retail for $22.
3. Try a size up, and a size down. Vintage shoes fit small and narrow. Some of the shoes I found are size 7, some are size 8. I am usually a size 7, but I learned to try size 8 shoes on.
Here is one last find. Boots!!
|Canadian made black leather boots, Jessica ($4, thrifted)|
|Originally these boots were $8.|
|Stylist's outfit, leather boots ($4, thrifted), plaid skirt ($15, Zellers clearance), Lands End down vest ($5, thrifted), purple Smurfs t-shirt ($2, thrfted)|
Various members of my family have pointed out that I like to shop :) And since I've had a glut of great thrift hauls, I don't plan to shop for a while. Thus my "Don't buy till July" resolution has been born. So I plan to show you what I've got, but I won't do any shopping for a while.
How about you? Do people ever tell you that you have a shopping addiction :) I still think that shopping, especially thrift shopping, is cheaper than therapy.
Thanks for dropping by.