Monday, 21 July 2014

Backyard Boutique Sale Tuesday!!

Not long ago, I posed a question on Twitter: How many skirts/pants/dresses do you have?  I asked this because I had just finished counting my skirts.  I don't know what possessed me but I was genuinely surprised to learn I had THIRTY skirts.  3-0.  I have no idea where this ranks in relation to other women's closets, and I suppose it doesn't really matter.  For ME, my closet is big enough and all but a few were thrifted so my budget is big enough too.  What bothers me is that it is hard to give satisfactory "air time" to all those beautiful skirts!  So, I decided to make some hard decisions and edit out any pieces that aren't favourites - for whatever reason - and I'm putting them in the Sister Thrifters Backyard Boutique Sale Tuesday afternoon from 3pm - 8pm.
I have many pieces, Shannon has many pieces - in a range of sizes (so don't think you have to be our body doubles to come by) and of course, all the Sister Thrifters stock will be available including an AMAZING dress I just picked up at the Shop Hop
Minuet is a Modcloth/Anthro brand!!  Swoon!
No amount of zero-point soup is getting me into it, so instead I will offer it to some lucky lady!  

There will be handbags, some shoes and fab She Does Create accessoriesSigh, it's been a while since I "earned" some jewelry from my sister...
 Getting my pieces ready for their new homes...

All in all, the Backyard Boutique Sale is just a casual opportunity to shop for new-to-you pieces at great prices!  I plan to go all Livingston-Community-Closet on my items - and there is nothing wrong with them!  I just want to give my new wardrobe friends some time to shine!  Head on over to the Sister Thrifters Facebook page for the Backyard Boutique address and photos of many of the pieces...  But there will be more, never-seen-before pieces too!!  Basically, you don't want to miss it.  Please share the word and help make this event a success so that we can do it again soon!!  Did I mention there *might* be wine?!! 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Edmonton Shop Hop

I am pretty sure this will be a day of running behind my proposed Shop Hop itinerary!  I'm still hunting for a tee that says "I'll be late."  Meanwhile, I had a great first stop at the Sherwood Park Value Village.
Two of my friends met up with me...
Julie almost bought this handmade hooded vintage dress (?) but alas too big! Lol!
Joyce is beating me! She had already been to the South side location...
Where she and her daughter both scored Toms!

As for me, well...
My name is Nicole and I have a skirt issue. 
I love you vintage midi with pockets but I already have that niche filled!
However I don't have green suede shoes!!
Love these and look what they go with perfectly!
Nordstrom's brand dress...
And I found another dress with pockets!!
And stripes!! I heart stripes!

I had fun dressing Julie in small dresses...
Top Shop!!
Jessica Simpson!!

Okay, I'm off to the North East location!! Stay tuned!!
Nice to meet you Fort Road VV!  
My name is Nicole and I have dress issues!!
I didn't get this vintage dress but that doesn't stop me from loving it!
This dress was $22 for a good reason...
Still a great deal but not something that meets my wardrobe needs.
However, I *needed* this dress!  Look at those colours!  Look at the pattern!!
$7 floral jeggings? Yes please especially because...
And my last score was another pair of like-new-condition leather shoes...
GRAY El Naturalista with a green jewel on top!! Pretty sure they were destined for moi!  

Now I'm sitting in front of the downtown location ready to go in!! What will I find here?!!

Let's catch up!  Stops #3 (downtown) and #4 (Mayfield Common) were relatively quick, not because I couldn't find anything but because I wanted to leave plenty of time to chat with Alex from the Edmonton Journal at stop #5!! Downtown, I got a FABULOUS dress for the Sister Thrifters Backyard Boutique Sale on Tuesday!! It's for the boutique sale because it didn't fit me. Boo. At Mayfield Common, I scored some leather gladiator style sandals...
Then it was onto Whyte Ave which was hopping!! My friend Lisa joined me and found several comfy summer staples.
Leggings, hoodies, shorts and a striped dress that can be layered up for some pattern mixing!  

My other pals Colleen, Susan and Heidi joined us too and we all scored great pieces!  Here are my finds...
Such a pretty dress!!
Oh look!  Another pretty black dress, *totally* different!!  
I said on Twitter that it was a dilemma, but really I just bought them both!  For 25% off, 5th store!!!
My name is Nicole and I have issues with trying on dresses that are too short.
I did find a stiped skirt!!!!! 
It was too big... Sigh
And the silver ballet flats ended up having a couple flaws so I left them behind.  Sigh.

However I had a lovely chat with Alex and even found her a navy J Crew dress!
I can't help it, I match thrifted pieces with the right woman!!

I also saw Joyce again!  She and her family filled their whole Shop Hop passport and outfitted a family of 6!!!  Thanks Joyce for showing so much thrift love!!

I'm at my last stop, 34th Ave, then it's margarita time!!
 RW tee with cobalt, navy and mustard!
 Black sheer tee and pretty floral skirt WITH POCKETS so I definitely need it.
Everly skirt with tomatoes, because it's important to have lots of lycopene.
I liked this maxi dress but it was just a bit too long.
Another location, another dress that is too short.
Joelle from Clothes But Not Quite joined up for the last stop and found this dress in a beautiful blue!
Perfect shirt for Joelle!
 Colleen and I both loved this dress but neither of us is 39 anymore.

The last stop was fruitful and landed me a full passport!!
And a good reason to shop again before the end of the month!
A great day of thrifting is a great thing to celebrate!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Thrifting Itinerary

Tomorrow is the big day!  The Edmonton Value Village Shop Hop is here!
These passports will be available at all of the VV Boutiques and if you make it to all six, you will get 30% off another purchase before the end of July.  In preparation for this epic day of shopping, I am carb loading as I write and recommend the same for you (thrifting is my cardio).  My rough itinerary is as follows:
11:00 - Sherwood Park
12:30 - Northeast
2:00 - Downtown
3:30 - Mayfield Common
5:00 - Whyte Ave
6:30 - 34th Ave

My specific timeline will depend on the treasures at each location and the traffic in between!  If you happen to be in the same place at the same time as me, please say HI!  Tweet me or tag me on Instagram.  I am always happy to connect with other thrifters, especially for the first ever Thrifting Shop Hop!  Just in case you need a taste of why thrifting is awesome, take a look at the $2 dress I wore today... 
Happened to score this at the Goodwill in Great Falls, but I have a closet full of thrifted pieces that tell the same story!
This is a faux-wrap dress - same slimming effect, no chance of accidental flashings.
AND it's in my comfort colour - gray!

For anyone new to VV Boutique Style, I should clarify that I am not officially affiliated with Value Village though I love love love shopping there and at all second hand stores.  I am just a thrifting enthusiast and want to share the thrifting love!  I am not an official "host" of the Shop Hop though I am thrilled to participate!  I hope people have as much fun as I have tomorrow and leave you with a few thrifting tips to make the most out of your day:
  • be prepared - wear a tank top so you can quickly try tops on, wear slip on comfortable shoes and take a little snack to keep your energy up!  Thrifting is like a treasure hunt, so you often have to dig to find the goods.
  • have an idea in mind what you're looking for - for example, I have a Pinterest Hunting List - but keep an open mind to other treasures you might find along the way
  • if you're going for short stops like I am tomorrow, don't try to cover the whole store in an hour!  Focus on a specific section then browse past the other sections to see what catches your eye.
  • look at the piece, not the size on the tag!  Look a size above and below your usual.  My beautiful Anthro-esque dress was tagged as a size 3-4!  I haven't been a size 3 since grade 3 but I was looking for maxi dresses and looked at the garment not the tag and had a pretty good idea it would fit when I saw it on the hanger.
  • put any potentials in your cart as you drive by, and don't think you'll come back for them because they might just be gone before you get back!  Grab first, try on, and then edit your selections.
If you come out for the Shop Hop and need some thrifting or styling advice, please get in touch!  And if you wrap up around 7:30 - 8:00ish on the South Side, you are welcome to join me and fellow Shop Hoppers at Chili's to review the spoils of our hunt and have a well-deserved margarita!

Last thing, if all goes as planned, I will be mobile blogging and updating as I go along!  So check into VV Boutique Style throughout the day!  Hope to see YOU tomorrow at Value Village!