Monday, September 16, 2013

Inexpensive Vancouver Thrifting

While I was away in Massachusetts, I tortured myself by reading all sorts of really fabulous thrifting blogs. By the time I finally made it back to Vancouver, it was only a very short matter of time before I was back in the Salvation Army store on 4th Ave in Kitsilano! (My obsesh with this store has been well-documented here on aka Bailey. If you don't know, you better get with the program!)

As usual, I was not disappointed and did not leave empty handed. Here's what I found!

My favorite find:

Adrienne Vittadini purse, brown, silver hardware

It's an Adrienne Vittadini handbag that I picked up for $12.99.  I don't know anything about handbags or designer names, but I could tell it was a quality bag just by its weight. I can't find this exact bag online but other Adrienne Vittadini handbags of this size appear to be selling for about $180-$220, soooo it seems I got a good deal. I love the brown tone - it will be perfect for autumn!

I'm a sucker for cardigans of all styles, and this loose-knit, grey-taupe Kersh cardy had me at "BIG ASS BUTTONS."
Grey taupe loose knit cardigan with large buttons, Kersh
.  $7.99  .
Speaking of cardigans, this sleeveless Joe top  - heather grey with light grey stripes - will be good to wear with cardigans during the fall.

grey on grey striped sleeveless shirt
.  $3.99  .
I own so few items of red clothing that it usually leaves my wardrobe feeling totally inadequate around the holiday season. While I'm aware that it's not even officially fall yet, let alone winter holiday time, I still felt like this bright, royal looking red Request shirt needed to come home with me and be my holiday buddy. Not only is it a nice vibrant color, it also features a bejeweled keyhole cutout in the back with pretty ruby-looking buttons up the mock turtleneck. #EatYourHeartOutSanta.

Red shirt, beads, keyhole, ruby buttons, mock turtleneck
.  $4.99  .

This small blue purse has no brand name or tags on it, but isn't it adorbs? For size reference, it's about 5" long (at the bottom) and 3" tall. I probably couldn't even fit my cell phone in it... but damn, it's precious.
Royal cobalt dazzling blue purse with silver chain
.  $3.99  .

Thennn just last week, I was inspired to go find some great "coffee table books" (thanks a lot, home decor bloggers), so it was back to Salvay I went. The fact that I don't even have a coffee table is of no consequence here, so shut up.

It was my lucky day because they had exactly what I was looking for in their books section:  A book about Boston and a book about K2. Ok, so I wasn't looking specifically for a K2 book, but I was looking for a good mountain book... Um, I'd say K2 will suffice. Both books have really great photos inside of them, which is precisely what I was hoping to find. They were each $2.

K2 Mountain of Mountains, book, a. Gogna

Boston, frank foster and john d. spooner, book

And naturally while I was there, I had to check out the tops. 
This black short-sleeved Gap shirt looks like it's never been worn, and will look great with a pair of dark skinny jeans this fall:
Black Gap short sleeved shirt, square neckline
.  $3.99  .

This sparkly (cough) Wet Seal (cough) shirt was another premature holiday-inspired purchase. 
I mean, come on. The sequins.
Grey silver sparkle sequins tank top, wet seal
.  $4.99  .

Here's one more random thing - I bought this clutch a few days before I left for Massachusetts in late July because I wanted something gold/champagne-colored to use for the wedding. After scouring a few different shops on 4th Ave, I popped into In Again Clothing (a consignment shop) for the first time ever and immediately spotted this clutch beneath the counter display. It was perfect!

Gold clutch

And as a bonus...

Gold clutch, jewel closure, leopard print lining

It's got crystals on the closures and it's lined with leopard! Holla!

Well that concludes my recent thrifting finds, but you know #BitchesBeShoppin and that I'll be finding more goodies soon enough. Stick around!

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  1. great finds! I love that bright blue bag.

    Lianna @ Salem Style

  2. FUN FINDS! I have always wanted to go to Vancouver too!

  3. WHAT STEALS! I love them allll, especially the blue clutch and that sequin top.
    I have never thrifted before (I know, right.. but only because there are no thrift stores here) so this might be a stupid question but... have some of the clothes actually been worn by other people?

    1. Oh my gosh, you need to go thrifting! It's so fun - it's like treasure hunting :) Yes, the vast majority of the clothes will have been worn already before they made it to the thrift stop, but sometimes you can find clothes that have never been worn and with the original tags still on them. Sometimes they're very gently worn - like the black Gap shirt from above, it looks like it's barely been worn. You definitely want to wash everything before you wear it! :)

  4. Aw you got some amazing stuff! I especially love the bag, so spacious and pretty!

    1. I really lucked out in the bags/purses/clutches category recently!! :)

  5. Love that sequin top and the back closure/cutout on the red top! And sounds like you got an AMAZING deal on that bag!! I love good thrift scores!

  6. I'm a serious thrifter, I love it! And you found some great things!

    1. I always seem to luck out at this store!! And the prices are so reasonable there - it's a total gem ;)

  7. love a girl that can thrift!!
    totally following, can't wait to see more
    xo Jessica
    follow back if ya like

  8. Great finds!! You had the most views from last week's Show & Share!! Congrats girl!!


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