Sunday, 22 December 2013
Hello fellow thrifters!! I haven't been thrifting as much lately as I've been occupied with other stuff. It thought I'd show you a couple of furniture projects. I moved into my new house back in September. Instead of spending big bucks furnishing and decorating it, I'm taking my time and trolling thrift stores and clearance bins looking for the perfect touches for my new abode.
My new house has only half the closets and storage that I had in my old house. So when I found this cabinet I thought it would serve as the perfect storage system for my purses and jewelery.
Here is the finished cabinet which I painted blue (it was a wood laminate). I purchased this item for about $40, and I spent about $50 on primer, paint and brushes. Now it holds my jeans, purses and jewelery. This unit serves double-duty as I use the purses to hold my tights, leggings, knee socks and thick woolly socks. The top two shelves hold a bunch of white plastic containers - this is how I organize my jewelery.
Here is the finished product. A nice looking hallway table. It holds pens and stationery. With some thrifted decorative items on top.
Last week I managed to score 6 teacups and saucers, with sugar and creamer for $5!!! Originally the price was $10, but I had a half-off coupon. This fine, English bone china is Royal Albert.
Here is the vintage Fire King Lustrewear that I got in Duluth last month. Six teacups with saucers for $4 each.
Two vintage Pyrex finds, they were $3 each. I'm always on the lookout for Pyrex nesting bowls in great condition. The selling feature for the casserole dish was that it came with a lid. I'm really hoping to find blue and Jadite Pyrex...they are my favs!!
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Well the weather outside is frightful. Plummeting temperatures have reached -25 degrees Celcius. And that isn't even talking about windchill (believe me, if you have never heard of windchill then you are a lucky person).
This type of weather calls for layered dressing. My office can be quite cold, thanks to the proximity of a loading dock and capricious heating. I like to look nice, so dressing professionally can be a bit of a challenge. Layered dressing means I can bundle up, nice and warm, and peel of layers as required. Loose layers also mean that I get a bit of insulation as the layers trap warm air against my body.
Here are some pieces I got at a 50% off sale at Value Village. They have great layering potential.
Dim, dark days call for a bit of sparkle. The dusty pink blouse and the sleeveless blue top have tiny sparkly beads. The grey sweater has silvery, lurex thread.
|$5 and NWT!!|
This lovely sheer blouse still had the tags on it. It's a dusty pink blouse from Sears. The pin-tucks have beads on them. Add a sheer, long-sleeved tee underneath, layer a cardi on top, and I'll be warm as toast!!
|RW top, $5|
I love RW. But it's a tad pricey when you pay retail. This cute sleeveless top has nice beading along the neckline and arms. It is sheer up at the collar area, with lots of flowy, layers on the bottom part. I plan to pair it with high-waisted wool slacks and a cozy cardi.
|NWT sweater, $17|
This sweater was a tad pricey. The original tags were on it, it originally retailed for $90 at Sears. Wow, I'd never pay that much. This oversized top is going to get layered over a couple of long, sleeved tees. Perhaps I'll pair it with a pair of high-waisted pants, or a skirt.
|Ear bling, 50 cents a pair.|
|Banana Republic, $3|
Long, waterfall cardi in a mauvy shade of purple. Made of fine, Italian, merio wool.
|Long sleeved, lacy tee|
I think I paid about $3 for this tee-shirt. It'll get layered over a couple of long-sleeved tee, or layered under a vest or sweater.
|Floral print sweater, $5|
A sweater to layer under a cardi, or over a shirt.
|Turtleneck tunic $4|
This tunic was a steal. It is a vintage Linda Lundstrum, make of warm wool and acrylic. I can wear it as a tunic over leggings. I love the pattern!!!
|Lambswool cardi, $5|
|Silk blouse $4|
This silk blouse has a nice length to it. Long enough that drafts won't go whistling up my torso. Plus silk is a great material for keeping warmth close to my body. Hey, these considerations are important. Winter is all about staying warm people!!
I like clogs since I can slliiiiddde into them without bending down to do up buckles, laces etc. I like Clarke's clogs in particular. They are quality items that look fab. They are also pricey.
Witness this shoebox with the pricetag of $130. I bought these shoes on sale for $89.
I bought this pair of Clarke's for $6.50. They were brand, spankin' new!!
|Aldo scarf, $1.50|
Last but not least, a long cotton scarf with a cute needle-point, floral print.
Stay warm everyone.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Old Man Winter has made an early appearance this year. He held a party a few nights ago with lots of snow and gusty winds. All that blowing snow made it tough to see.
Driving home was an interesting challenge as the snow covered the lane markers. Shovelling out my driveway was even more interesting as the wind swept the snow I shovelled back into my face.
Witness these four pair of shorts, recently purchased at Old Navy for less than $2 each.
The pink lacy sweater was about $4 at a 50% off sale. The shorts were about $2. The moccasins were $3. This thrifty outfit costs less than $10!!!
I know that when warmer weather rolls around, I'll be dying to bare my legs. There is nothing sweeter than feeling a breeze against legs that have been encased in thermal tights all winter.
Behold my next thrifty outfit.
Lace dress, NWT (thrifted for about $5)
American Eagle cowboy shirt (thrifted for about $4)
Long Liz Claiborne cardi (thrifted for about $5)
Leather ankle boots (thrifted for about $6)
Blue beaded necklace (clearance for $5)
This outfit comes to $25. Because of our capricious spring weather, long warm layers such as this cardigan, as still necessary.
Stay warm everyone!!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
I recently toyed with the thrift gods and lost.
Here is my story, gentle reader.
Here is my story, gentle reader.
Yesterday after work I popped by Value Village. This is the same Value Village where I had previously found my fabulous Pendleton hobo bag for a mere $15 plus taxes. As I scanned the racks of purses, my eye fell on a beige beauty, tucked in amongst other purses. I caught my breath as I saw the beaver logo. Could it be? It was!! A genuine suede Roots handbag with a cute tassel trim. It was priced at $12.99. I checked this bag inside and out and it was in immaculate, new condition.
I took the bag to the cash register, where I saw the sign. Tomorrow there was going to be a sale, everything would be 25% off. I wrestled with myself internally. Should I purchase the bag now? I could gamble that it would be there tomorrow and save a few dollars. I'm on a pretty tight budget, and a few dollars goes a loooong way. So I decided to put the bag back.
This is what happened the next day.
I woke up to find a big dumping of snow. I was late getting to work, so I didn't have time to park for free and walk 1/4 mile to work. So I had to park in the parkade next to my work. Parking is $4.25 (down $4.25).
Then I got to work, and started a usual, long grueling day of answering IT requests and fixing problems.
During the day, I mentally pictured my gorgeous handbag...would it still be there?
At the end of the day, I discovered that parking was free that day!! Yay (up $4.25).
I zoomed off to Value Village and made a beeline to the purses. I eyed up other shoppers near the purse area to make sure they casually didn't spot my suede beauty. Breathlessly I got to the purses and scanned the racks quickly. Sadly, my purse was gone. Oh well, at least I didn't spend the money (up $10).
Then I went home. I was famished and I was looking forward to the Montreal style, smoked meat sandwich I was going to have. I had prepared the sandwich meat in advance, so all I had to do was pop it into the microwave, and then into my mouth. When I got home, I discovered scraps of plastic on the ground, and my dog with this expression on her face.
|Sugar, the wonderdog.|
Turns out I had left the smoked meat on the counter in a baggie, and Sugar helped herself. I'm sure she hesitated before devouring my dinner. I'd like to think that she is a dog with high moral standards. Wow, am I delusional or what??? (Down a dinner)
I prepared myself to eat a bowl of canned soup, or go out and buy a fast food meal so that I'd have the energy to shovel the piles of snow in my driveway.
Hungry, and somewhat grumpy, I texted my boyfriend. I told him what Sugar had done. He instantly replied inviting me over for dinner. He had made a delicious crockpot roast and had more than enough leftovers after his brood ate dinner.
I went to his house and chowed down on dinner. I also took a doggie bag home for the nefarious Sugar (up a dinner).
After my darling boyfriend came over and snowblowed the driveway (and showed me how to use the contraption). He had to speed off to look after his brood. I decided to treat myself to a hot fudge sundae at McD's (up a sundae).
And so gentle readers, this is what happens when you dance the dance of waiting for sales at the thrift stores. Sometimes you win, and come home with a ridiculously inexpensive, quality item. Sometimes you come home to a guilty dog. Sometimes you end up with ice cream.
It's all good (dog).
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Freeow!! This ThriftyParka blog has just passed a thousand page views!! I'm seriously chuffed that there are so many visits from all of my fans (you guys are awesome!). Thanks for dropping by.
Well, the weather here is making dressing nicely a challenge. I have a quarter mile hike from where I park, to where I work, so flimsy clothing is out of the question. I wear layers, good thick footwear, and a hat and gloves. Once I dig up my warm tights and knee socks, I can start wearing my wool, maxi skirts.
Here is my outfit de jour. Yes, I am in a bathroom...this blog is all about CLASS people :)
I'm wearing a Banana Republic tunic with a medallion print ($6), thick navy designer jeans ($2), mustard necklace (Bianca Nygard clearance $5), teal cardi ($6).
With the exception of the necklace, this outfit was thrifted. Everything came to less than $20.
I'm also wearing my puffy, green anorak (sale $90), and my fab Pendleton purse (thrifted $15)
I like how black, navy and teal look together. I even got a compliment from one of the gents in my office.
Interesting note about dressing for cold weather. I can't wear skinny trousers every day. It's just too darn cold for that, I would get chilled. The jeans I'm wearing (they look like dress trousers) are high-waisted and a size too large. They still look good, but they are roomy in the thigh and hip. This is the kind of trouser you want if you are walking in the cold. The extra room traps a bit of warm air, and it acts as insulation as you walk through the icy, blasts of winter air.
Some nights after work, I may head to my boyfriend's house, I may head to the gym, or I may go thrift shopping. A few nights ago I decided to thrift. I deliberately went with a small budget in mind ($5) as I had been spendy as of late.
Here is what I found for $3. A gorgeous, vintage beaded bag in MINT condition!! This came home with me.
I was tempted by this deadstock, vintage clutch. It was made of vinyl and cordouroy material.
Isn't this full-length suede and faur-fur lined coat gorgeous? A bit expensive at $50, but well worth it if you have to spend time outside in the cold. They don't make them like this anymore, it's a vintage item that was made in Canada.
I love vintage Johnson Brothers pottery. Sadly this platter had a crack with discoloration (see the edge).
Oooh, what's this I spy? It's a plastic tote full of sewing goodies. It was tempting, but I passed it up.
Thrift stores are great places to find sewing supplies and fabric. Ya just gotta keep your eyes peeled!!
10 for all of this!!!!
I love needlepoint. I wish I could find a needlepoint, granny purse.
Love this purse!!!
Hee, hee, hee...this stuff is kinda funny.
I really liked these boots, but they were seriously overpriced at $50!!!!
Loved this studded purse!! I kinda regret not getting it, but it wasn't in the budget. I hope it finds a good home.
Look, the purse it talking to me!! :)
Deliberately tacky purse with drinking aviary.
Holy Toledo!! Giant cutlery!! I seriously regretted leaving this behind. Check out the giant spoon and soup ladle in the background.
Thanks for dropping by.