Tuesday, June 16, 2009

thrifting luck

Hi!



So, I went thrifting for the first time the other day and I must say, I am actually better at this than I thought.

OK, it wasn't my first time. I have bought many a halloween costume at thrift stores, when I was hardcore in to classic movies and retro clothes (still am with the former), I frequented overpriced vintage stores, and when I was in high school I was all about the grandpa sweaters and tiny, faded tees.

Anyhoo, on Saturday we headed to my parents house for a scrumptious BBQ Salmon dinner and on the way I stopped at the local thrift store. Not a Value Village which rips you off hard (least in Vancouver it does) but a local support your charity doo-dad where they have a few under-priced gems.

At first it didn't seem like much was there and this is where the old me would have given up, but I kept an open-mind and really got into it. I managed to walk away with a whole load of loot (and it was sale day too). Funny thing was, I wasn't really buying them all for myself (more on that...one day) but I ended up putting on this Ruby Rox dress when I got home, and then never took it off.

On the hanger it looked cheap and satiny (which I don't like) and I knew cap sleeves were the devil for large-armed women but nevertheless, somehow it worked! It paired beautifully with my thrifted belt which in turn paired beautifully with my new Matt Bernson sandals.

To me, this was definitely "an American girl vacationing in St. Tropez, circa 1961." No?

When I am not so lucky with thrifting, I get my silver dangle earrings at Birks.com.


Dress: Thrifted (Ruby Rox); Sandals: Matt Bernson; Earrings: F21; Belt: Thrifted (Laurel)






Awwww their newly rescued dog Muffin :)


My mom is a volunteer for the 2010 Winter Olympics, here in Vancouver


Mmmmm Chilean salmon BBQ...sooooo good


Us and my rents...can you believe me dad turns 70 next year and my mom turns 64 this year?


Speaking of new sandals, later that night we attended a small bday party where badminton was the name of the game. I love badminton, it's easy and fun and I can play well thanks to my years of tennis lessons. I get pretty aggro though, and was really going for it, even though the dress didn't allow too much movement and my shoes were killing me. Even today, the backs of my heels are still bloody and wounded...why I can't do things the normal way? le sigh.










36 comments:

MizzJ said...

Cute dress, I can't believe it's thrifted!

Wanderlusting said...

Yeah, there were no signs it had been worn either!

Sher said...

Thrifting is like searching for buried treasure. Love your find!

A white elephant sale at a church I found Chanel. I pat myself on the back over that find.

Enjoyed the pics of your lovely family :)

arbyn said...

My brother and sister-in-law have the same kind of dog as your parents! Aren't they so much fun!?

Odette said...

Lol Ya know what though I am pretty sure that those boys were getting aggressive too! Especially Matt! lol

Gotta love the Thrift Store in town. Small towns with an above average income are the best for thrifting cause you can find such great never-worn stuff. Great find!

I wanted to be an Olympics volunteer! I am so jealous! :)

Muffin is adorable! Which shelter did they get her from?

Carlotta said...

lovely dress and cute dog & family!!

OceanDreams said...

I love your dress - what a great find! You are making me want to go thrift shopping. Looks like you had a blast. That salmon platter looks very yummy.

josie(bean) said...

first off, look at you being all matchy matchy - adorable!
second, that dog is too cute, so glad to hear he/she was rescued.
third, the salmon sounds so heavenly, i was drooling on my keyboard at that pic! :d
lastly, you totally worked badminton out in those sandals! :)

josie(bean) said...

oh and your mom volunteering at the olympics?!? that is beyond awesome!!

ok ok im done now haha

Kristin said...

What a find! It looks fabulous on you!!

Alice said...

what a cute dress! i get discouraged too easily when i try to thrift.. i have no patience to dig until i find the good stuff :-P

your parents are adorable!

prettylittletangents said...

beautiful outfit! i love how your gold circle earrings and the circle detail on the belt round out the circle motif on the dress (no pun intended with the "round out" phrase, but it works)! congrats on your thrifting finds :)

polishedsense said...

I love Matt Bernson! I love the red ones you are wearing...If you ever want another pair, I sell a few at my shop. I hope I'm the cheapest too! http://www.polishedsense.com/Matt-Bernson-c53/ Stop by sometime :) Great post, thanks for sharing!

Georgia said...

What a lucky find for first time! It takes me like a week to find something vaguely wearble!

It would be mine

Marianne said...

Love the dress! You must be so glad that you found it... I love the belt as a subtle touch!

Wanderlusting said...

Gosh, prettylittletangents - i didn't even NOTICE that lol. What a keen eye you have! I just happened to be wearing those earrings (they went with the dress I was wearing earlier) and the belt had red and gold which I thought would go with the sandals. The circle motif was way beyond me :P

Kass said...

God, I love thrift store shopping, you can pick up some serious bargains. And the shopping in Vancouver! HOLY! I would come back just for that lol. I got so many awesome clothes, which I still have and wear, from cheap charity stores in Van. I miss that :(

The Clothes Horse said...

That dress is adorable and I think the accessories are especially nice. Maybe you'll be a thrift store addict (like me) now. :)

umama said...

I need to start thrifting myself! I always see everyone's cute find and am like.. hmmm gotta go thrift. I live 20 minutes from the city so I have no excuse either!

I saw your post on Clothes Horse and can't wait to see what you post about the maxi! I am normally anti-maxi and I keep seeing them everywhere. Plus I would never think you were short based on your pics!

Anyhows cute blog and your parents are adorable... happy pre bday to the both of them!

*S* said...

I've always liked to go to thrift stores to see what gems they may have, altho sometimes I get frustrated when I find something but it isn't my size. We have a store here called Ross that I like to visit (kind of a dump...people leave clothes lying on the floor).

Write Me Beautiful said...

love the color of the dress! i love thrifting, it's not always successful but then it is

Vegas Princess said...

Again love the red on you. And finding that gem for cheap at a thrift store makes it even more perfect!

Next time, ditch the shoes and play in your bare feet. I always do! :)

theyearoflivingthriftily said...

amazing thrifted find!! I am clearly an obsessive thrifter and love to see other people get into it :)

Love your blog!

prettylittletangents said...

well that just proves you're a natural then :) love your blog - just happened upon it via a shout out to you from the Asian Cajuns in my home state of georgia.

Glitter Scrubs said...

Whoa! How random is it that I know the other girl you're playing badminton with?! I went to high school with her in langley (although i'm a bit older lol) and we share the same group of friends. Small world!

PS: love the dress, why can't i ever find such amazing things in thrift stores?!

AsianCajuns said...

That dress looks perfect on you! And I'm so impressed that you could play any sport in it! Thrifting well done!

Amelia said...

Haha, I love the actions shots of you. I can't believe the dress is thrifted either. It's quite stunning. Yay for thrift stores :)

OceanDreams said...

Hey, it's me again...I gave you an award!

Erica said...

I have the WORST luck thrifting. I never seem to find anything good, but that's probably because I've only ever done it in a college town.

Clarity said...

Very St. Tropez. I like your weekend - fam, salmon barbecue, badminton. Your parents look adorable.

Ciao from London.

ONiC said...

awesome find. i love the dress :D

Karinaxoxo said...

I'm not much of a thrifter!!! I bet my credit card wish I were though!

Great find!

elena-lu said...

oh thats just i cant believe you thrifted that dress it is amazing!! fantastic job there girly!!!
and you parents look gorgeous! no i cant believe that age! nope!

Anika said...

wow, adore the thrifted dress...I love finding gems like that! And you've got to watch out for thrifting, it gets addictive (I'm not joking!)

And I hear you about competitive behaviour and damn sandals that leave you bruised...grrr....cant you just be pretty!?!!?

Lol, have a lovely one

Couture Carrie said...

Love the action shots! And dinner looks both fun & delish!

That dress looks faaaabulous on you, darling!

xoxox,
CC

issa said...

ah.. these photos are too cute... and i srsly need to try thrifting in my hometown.. i only go thrifting when i'm on vacation.. lol