Tuesday, September 27, 2016

how I am using my September thrift finds

For the month of September I really tried my best to thrift clothes for my wardrobe. I usually get side tracked by house ware items. I prefer to solely thrift my clothes which does leave some pretty big gaps in my wardrobe. I dislike trying on clothes and never quite know what will end up being practical for my actual day to day life (you know not my pretend life where I got out and need beaded everything...) Here is what come home with me this month and my thoughts on them.

teal cashmere pullover (thrifted from value village, originally from talbot petites) I love this color and the cashmere but adding another hand wash only item to my closet wasn't the best decision. I don't think this sweater had even been washed it fit wonderfully when I tried it on in the store but has already shrunk:/ I am hoping I can re-stretch it next time I soak it but this is what happens with knitwear and why I would never pay full price for an item like this.

white bubble knit pullover (thrifted from the salvation army, no tag) I really have a thing for popcorn style knits. I have yet to wear this out but do think I will get some wear out of it. The knitting is nice and thick and should showcase brooches wonderfully.

black crew neck pullover (thrifted from the salvation army, originally from banana republic) This is super basic and something I was desperately missing from my wardrobe. I managed to wear it 4 times in one week. Throwing it on with a necklace or earrings has been too easy. I will say I do not like how thin the cotton on this is, it attracts fluffs like tomorrow. I will be keeping an eye out for a "better" version of this top.

vintage yellow knit tank top (thrifted from value village, vintage) I have been trying to steer clear of overly feminine tops as of late but when a dead stock yellow knit top with a bow in my size just happens to be at the thrift store.... The only downfall is that is a tank top and it is now fall. I now must try and find a chunky knit cardigan to wear over top of it this winter.

Did others have luck adding new items to their thrifted wardrobe this month? 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

last week in pictures: meeting new friend and thrifting as usual

Last week I finally got a chance to meet up with a fellow Winnipeg vintage lover and etsy seller @marissatien we went for tea at high tea bakery and thrifting at a near by shop.  I gifted Marissa a cute little knitted jumper and a brooch to celebrate her baby's July birthday, while we were out shopping she picked up a gorgeous carved celluloid brooch than I would have snagged for myself.

I came home with a lovely jadeite tea set that Marissa gifted me while I found a fabulous cashmere sweater and vintage velvet ribbon.

I am not very good at photographing clothing but I managed to list some new items for my etsy shop last week!

There are always vintage wedding dresses in the Halloween section of the thrifts this time of year, the above dress was really too pretty to be destined a "costume" it was also priced at $40! Hopefully it finds a good home and does not get cut up for a zombie bride...

This little planter is probably one of the most disturbing vintage finds I have seen in a while it is a baby girl football player but sexy? I can't even...

I am still trying to think when I would ever need a full on taffeta party dress seeing as that green and yellow dress had been at the thrift store for almost a month now in the Halloween section. Now that I am home the other green velvet dress is looking pretty darn good to me as well I might have to try both of them on if they are still at the store to help me make up my mind if I need to hoard more dresses I will never wear.

How was last week for others?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

thrift snapshots

Right now is my favorite time at the thrifts, all the sweaters are out and vintage gets stuffed into the Halloween section. Most of the time the vintage is damaged in some way but sometimes mint dresses and accessories can be found. The 60's dress pictured was oh so cute! It did not come home with me (it was long...) but the watercolor print dress peeking out in the corner did, look out for it in a post!

I don't own a hat but always look for one. This one was tempting but too creepy at the same time, I left it behind. 

Harlequin print is such a vintage classic that I don't see too often, this purse was really fun but also overpriced at $9.99. (it had damage) The black one was in my hands most of the time I was in the store it was black, gold and raffia I couldn't ask for more. It ended up getting left behind since I already own a lot of black purses.

This past week I was able to knock 2 items off my holy grail glassware list! Like magic a colored loaf AND brownie pan were on the shelf, I had to do a double take. It is crazy to think that I have been unable to thrift either of these in good condition for oh well the past 10 years.

What have others found thrifting so far this month?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

current ins"peg"ration (aka Winnipeg Instagram inspiration)

 Another round up of what is inspiring me on Instagram from lovely Winnipeggers. 

@shopheartthrobThis is a new to me vintage account. They are holding their first pop-up event Sunday September 11th at 100 Arthur Street in the exchange. They specialize in good from the 1960's to 90's and I love that they show their pieces on models.

This is a newly launched floral delivery service. If you follow local accounts I am sure you have seen their beautiful arrangements in your feed already. They have teamed up with many local bloggers and accounts to get the word out. Many will have promotion codes for $10 off your first bouquet (not meee yet). I am definitely keeping them in mind for future flowers needs!

I am pretty sure I found this account thanks to Sybil of @animatedconfessions either way I am loving her esthetic and account. You will most likely see my commenting on many pictures as I love her glasses (they are Prada) and her apartment (how pretty!).

She is a former Winnipegger after my own heart, vintage dishes, baking/cooking and tattoos. I have posted her account before but something happened to that post. I am still all about her account if she still lived here we would have to be friends!

Do others have any local Winnipeg accounts that they are loving right now that they would like to share?

Monday, August 29, 2016

how I am using my August thirft finds

August wasn't the most amazing month is terms of thrift or vintage finds. I did come home with a mint condition butterprint 503. They are hard to find and it was a steal of a price so no complaints. I pretty much used it as a loaf pan that same day.

This recipe box is the epitome of vintage kitsch. It does not match anything in my house but it was so odd I needed to bring it home. I can't tell if the lady is a nun or a nurse but I just love the face on the bull. These vintage recipe boxes are the perfect size to hold a box of tea, it has found a home in my pantry.

I added two new items to my etsy shop that I picked up while I was out and about.

What did others find in August?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

last week in pictures: at the thrift and the forks

On Wednesday it was national thrift store day and many shops offered discount sales. Luckily for me I had the day off work so I went to a few stores. The black dress with the best tag would have fit me but I knew I would never wear it so it got left behind while I did manage to pick up a 1950's chiffon blouse and novelty celluloid & metal crab brooch for my shop.

In the summer on Sunday's the Forks offers a farmers market and the antique mall happens to be open so I went looking for treasures. I would love to find a lid for my delphite dish but sadly everything for sale was sold together. I always enjoy looking around and seeing what is for sale but this time I came home empty handed. 

There was one booth at the market with a familiar item which I found intriguing. I personally bought the "Judy" tooled leather purse for my etsy shop over the winter. Come spring it had not sold so I donated it back into the thrift world and it found its way back into a vintage shop for sale. I had sorta hoped it found a home with a shopper named Judy but it looks like it has yet to find a good home.
This vintage booth is called Debbie's Vintage

from a previous post on my blog

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

naked skincare winnipeg mask review

I re-ordered one of my favorite locally made products (naked skincare's cleansing oil) and decided to ask Amber; the maker if I could have some mask samples to try and review since I am a mask-a-holic. She was too kind and sent me a full size and a mini size of her two newest clay based masks!

I was excited to see these launch since I have just jumped on the activated charcoal band wagon. I have yet to try a mix it yourself version and her pink clay mask has mango enough said! I have used them both and am here to review them for you.

To mix: I first used 1 part mask to 1/2 part liquid, that was too much liquid. These masks mix up beautifully I would say 1/3 part liquid is all that is needed to make an easily spreadable mask.

To use: I used a mask brush (aka an old foundation brush) to mix and apply onto my skin. These masks dry very quickly (between 5 to 10 minutes) and powdery; smiling or eating will leave dust on your shirt. They wash off quite easily and yes both will faintly stain your wash cloth. A designated mask cloth would be recommended.

Pink Clay + Mango: 
Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.
I used rosewater as my liquid and it made for a beautifully combo. The pink clay mask was not overly drying on the skin but quite refreshing. I really did like this one and can see myself picking up the full size soon. I can't comment on any brightening effects just yet.

Detox Clay Mask:
Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.
I again used rosewater as my liquid since I wasn't sure how drying the charcoal would be. That being said it was not drying on the skin at all. I liked this mask because it did wash off more easily than other charcoal masks that I have tried. It tightened my pores and calmed blemished areas effectively.
I also enjoy the fact that I can choose which liquid to add making mask combinations endless.

Overall both these masks are a great and I love the fact that they contain simple ingredients and are locally made.

Naked Skincare can be found on etsy, stocked at Brows By G and at various markets if you happen to follow her on instagram.

My review on Naked Skincare's other products that I own can be seen here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

last week in pictures

Nothing at the thrift store fit me last week so I came home empty handed. There were some pretty cute floral patterns, too bad!

I made a banana bread like cake to bring into work. I used my go to recipe which I posted here. This time I made it into a loaf and used all white flour. I don't know why I never thought to use crushed chocolate as a topper before but it looked gorgeous with my gold sprinkles.

I have been trying to display some of my baking pieces. I tend to keep them stored in a dresser until I want to use them. Here is one tiny vignette I came up with. My cabinet is as tall as me so putting a lot of items on there isn't the best plan.

I decided to have a bit of fun with my friend who has a new guy whom I have yet to see. Her final answer was no, my cake couldn't catch a break.

I actually don't like garage sales and maybe go to a handful a year. I have pretty good luck at the thrifts finding the items that didn't sell at the sales. I passed a sign saying "antiques" so I decided to see what was up. The lady had a nice assortment of items, mostly larger furniture but sadly they were priced at retail. The 50's table was $75 it was very small almost desk size and the smaller decor items were $25-40. It was a beautiful day out I still enjoyed my first stop of the year even though it was not the best sale to look for a deal.

How was last week for others? 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

new on etsy!

My shop is really small right now (a whooping 8 items) but I did add 3 items last month so I figured I would share my thought process into the few items I picked for my shop!

1950's embroidered baby dress: I don't look in the children's section of the thrift shop but the one day on the end cap was this sweet little dress. The embroidery was too stinkin' cute for it not to come home with me. It has been in my shop for 3 weeks now which is a bit of a shock to me I figured it would have been snapped up quick.

1980's fox and trombone belt buckle: I found this buckle to be quite unique, I would be keeping it for myself if I wore belts as accessories but I haven't been bothered to wear one for months now.... Too bad I have not been able to find a suitable band to make it a full belt yet. If you wear elastic style belts you will be able to switch out this buckle no problem. 

1940's corde purse: I cannot leave 1940's items behind this one is a good size and will fit a cell phone and keys easy (no modern big wallet though you will need to pair down for a night out) It is hand made and has some quirks but overall it is a really lovely example of the era.

Below is my growing pile of items that did not sell in my shop. I have found relisting items doesn't really work for me. I have only sold one items that I relisted so I tend to give items their four months and then put them in a pile for donations/gifts or as freebies with orders.

My questions to others that buy vintage on Esty is;
Do you often get/like "pocket" presents included with your order?
The vintage I have purchased for myself have never included any extras but for about 50% of my orders I have included extras when weight and shipping allows I am not sure if I should keep doing this? I have not really heard feedback on doing this from my customers. I often feel I am sending away items to somebody who might not even like it. My pile is growing so I am just wondering if I should keep at it...you know rambling....

Friday, July 29, 2016

how I am using my July thrift finds

I featured most of my thrift finds this month in posts already so instead of doing a round-up I figured I would show if/how my find are being used around my house.

My Brandon creamery milk bottle has not really found a home, it is on a shelf stuffed behind last months head vase find. I do really love that little bottle and hope to find a good use for it soon.
On my dresser I am using my blue mason jar to hold larger make-up brushes. Half pint jars are the perfect height for this I have more scattered around my room.

I have a wood cabinet that I keep my baking items in and decided my little hazel atlas creamer would be good to hold my measuring spoons. I like that is has a handle so pulling them all out of my cupboard to use will be a breeze. I thrifted a yellow mixing bowl the same day that I have not used it is currently hidden away in a cupboard until I can sort out a good way to display my bowls.

I thrifted two jewellery pieces this month they just so happened to be brass and have a bird motif because well I love birds... I made sure to try and wear my new to me thrifted top. I do like it but have to figure out how to not get make-up on the collar I was quickly reminded why I tend to wear black a lot.

How as last month for others in the thrift dept?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

last week in pictures

My week started out with a delivery from Therma Winnipeg. They contacted me to see if I was interested in a "summer care package" I had no idea that that meant I just knew my sister had been and enjoyed herself so I said yes. It turned out to be a beach bag, magazine and one of Thermea's fruit infusion water bottles, all items that are recommended you bring to experience Thermea. Thermea is a place I would not mind checking out myself I just need to align schedules with a friend!

No thrift finds came home with me this week. The value village I went to was a bit pricey. They wanted $12 for the two beat up primary fridgies and $14.99 for the gold beaded purse. Neither was worth that imo.

My weekly sephora promotion email got me. It has been almost two months since I fell for gift with purchases. I am on the hunt for a new concealer and the new kat von d offering had me intrigued. I used them this weekend so here are my first impressions.

kat von d lock it concealer creme: I didn't have much choice of a shade so I received L3 warm. That being said it is fair enough for my skin and I don't think it being warm toned on my cool skin makes much of a difference. This is a very unique concealer it is not one that you will swipe the wand under your eyes, just one dot gives you enough products to spread under your eyes EASY. It is the most spreadable concealer I have ever used. It blended out so easy with a make-up sponge and did not crease or cake on me. I have not tried it on any blemishes just yet. Overall I am very impressed and will be happy to use up my sample and I can already see myself purchasing this in the full size.
For reference I have tried the nars creamy concealer, the urban decay naked skin and returned them both since they did not live up to the hype for me.

sephora collection bronzer powder in anguilla: After watching many you-tube videos and this post by cupcakes and cashmere I have been on the hunt for a matte bronzer to give me cheek bones. I bought a cheap drugstore version that was orange which I had to throw out since more than one person commented on my orange cheeks... the shade pictured in anguilla it is a nice golden brown without being orange. I exchanged it for Los Cabos the next shade up as it did turn ornage on me but it smells like cocoa and blends very easily.

bite beauty perfect pair in rhubarb and chablis (not online yet) I pretty much only own and use sample/travel size lip products. I like to have variety without spending much money. I was pleased to find this at the check out in two shades I have been wanting to try. The "nude" set includes chablis (a coral pink) and rhubarb (a neutral berry). Chablis is a really happy colour bright but not obnoxious, it is my favorite out of the two. Rhubarb is a really pretty colour and in a shade I am not used to seeing on myself. Both lasted for hours (as long as you don't eat) and did not feather whoop whoop!  

How was last week for others? 

Monday, July 18, 2016

last week in vintage

Last week I worked different shifts than I usually do and switched up my thrifting day, it worked out well! I managed to find quite a few older pieces for me, and a few for my shop. I never usually find much when Value Village offers their mid week 30% sale but this time I found a great 70's pointelle knit top and a tooled leather make-up pouch?? for myself. I decided to "pick" the 1940's corde purse for my shop along with the coloured rhinestone scatter pins.

I cannot leave old glass behind...I am already using the blue mason jar to hold extra make-up brushes while I have not found a good spot for my milk bottle. It has the cutest graphics I have ever seen on the back including a coffee cup and a bowl of cereal ahh I just love it.

Now I did think of listing this purse in my shop but more often than not when I start to photograph items I am never sure if they are worth listing...hence why my little shop has 10 items I do believe I am just too picky. The purse has a little vintage quirk where the person making it ran out of material and used a different but slightly obvious shade. This mixed it with the awkward packing shape has given me second thoughts. The scatter pins also photographed weird so nothing new has actually been listed this week.

My question to vintage loving gals would you pay $15 shipping on an item that isn't really near mint aka quirky? The shipping costs for certain items always make me second guess listing them...

I mailed off this lovely tooled purse to a lucky gal. Sorta funny how I bought myself some new leather and sold off a piece in the same day. I washed and wore my new to me shirt right away, it proved to be nice and light to wear on a summers day.

How was last week for others?

Monday, July 11, 2016

recent beauty hits, mehs and misses

bite beauty matte creme lip crayon in glace (100 point perk from sephora, pictured below)
I will pretty much take any free to me item from bite beauty. I was happy to give this shade a go since it is unlike anything I already own. It is described as a dusty mauve and I had a bit of a love hate relationship when I first got it, it can have a grey cast to the lips. But after wearing it for a month I can say that I love it. The matte formula is not drying and does not make your lips look like crepe paper.

caudalie vinosource moisturizing mattifying fluid (sephora)
I saw this in a youtube video and pretty much drove right down to sephora to get a sample. I fell instantly in love and have not looked back. I have oily skin and usually avoid all moisture or lotion based products. This one is very light and dries down matte-like. It does not keep my oily skin from getting "dewy" during the day but it does not make my skin produce more oil which most products tend to do. It is a hit since it wears as a primer under make-up perfectly and I have no desire to look for anything else for my skin.

lancer the method polish (deluxe sample via sephora)
The full size of this product is a whopping $95 I just thought I would warn you before you click on the link but oh is it wonderful! I don't have sensitive skin and if I am going to use a physical scrub I want it to be "scrubby" This is a microdermabrasion type scrub with a very fine but very gritty sand like texture. It does not irritate the skin but buffs away dry skin amazingly. I have been using it sparingly and hope I can pick up another sample size in the future. 

too cool for school dinoplatz dear brachiosaurus blotting papers (sephora)
I picked these up since I knew the caulalie lotion didn't completely stop my skin from getting oily. I personally don't carry make-up in my purse so going back to my teens and using blotting papers seemed like the best bet. These come in a really handy plastic case that does have a mirror and the cutest little puff that is sticky. It is really quite ingenious and makes forehead touch up a breeze.

jurlique balancing rose water mist (deluxe sample via sephora)
I love rose water so getting to test this out was a treat. It is really nice my only gripe is it is not as natural as it could be. It does have some really nice ingredients like marshmallow and lactic acid but also has alcohol listed as the second unnecessary ingredient. I tend to forget about toners in my skin care regime and after a month I have been forgetting to use this so for me it is not something I would repurchase.

caudalie micellar water (deluxe sample via sephora)
I wanted to try this out and see if I should repurchase my cleansing oil or try out a micellar water. This was a generous 50ml sample and I was able to use it for a month to really make up my mind. In comparison to a cleansing oil there was none in terms of removing foundation. This was really gentle and did not break down my make up as much as I had hoped.

essence silky touch blush in babydoll (superstore)
It is very rare that I want to throw away something the first time I use it but this blush made me want to do this! I thought by the name it would be easy to blend and yes it is a soft blush but it was way more pigmented than I was expecting with a lot more shimmery that I thought as well. I made poor choices all around and am just not a fan.

What have others been loving lately?
There was no sun the day I felt like taking selfies...sorry for the graininess

Friday, July 8, 2016

thrift snapshots

I snagged the above butterprint off the rolling cart as items were being put away and I will admit I
was just going to walk right up to the cash register with out paying too much attention to the condition. It was shiny, turquoise and would be a great piece for my etsy shop. But then I noticed a chip on the spout, darn it so this little beauty got left behind. I practiced good thrift karma and left this for another thrifter who hopefully will be super happy to find it. I personally don't collect this pattern (shocking I know, it seems I hoard all the glassware but I don't)

I put my etsy shop on vacation while the Canada Post strike/lock out (make up your minds soon please) will happen. Yay! There will be a 30 day truce, my shop is back open! I received a new review this week and I am so glad this little bowl found a good home, reviews like this keep me chugging along with my tiny shop.

Yep, glassware came home with me this week at the thrift. I love to find harder to find makers like glasbake and hazel atlas. They tend to offer more unique shapes and colours than pyrex. I will admit I tend to block out condition issues with harder to find pieces I didn't notice my little green hazel atlas creamer was missing paint until after I paid for it and my blinders fell off. I bought it for my personal collection and I will love it as is.
The yellow bowl is by glasbake and was made for the sunbeam stand mixer. It is the most wonderful shade of yellow, I don't own a true batter bowl with a spout so it was a win, win situation.

How was this week for others at the thrift?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

june thrift finds

Crisp pictures are my kryptonite. 
June ended quite well in the thrift dept. I managed to knock off two holy grail items from my wishlist!

I have mentioned many times before I have been on the hunt for a black based needlepoint handbag for what seems like close to 12 years, no joke. I managed to find an oversized one that will be perfect for fall and winter this year! I added a cozy knit top from joe fresh to my sleeping/house attire wardrobe.

A found two brooches that I know I will be keeping for myself and not making their way into my etsy shop. The below deer or doe brooch is a great addition as I personally tend to stick to birds for my novelty brooches. I wore it out thrifting today and had some really good luck. I will make sure to wear it again to see what happens.

While out today I managed to find a head vase. I have been wanting one for literally ages but could never justify the retail price tag. It may have taken me 10 years but I found one for a beyond reasonable price.

The green mixer I will admit was an impulse but it is so darn cute and it was cheap. I do want a hand mixer as it would be practical for my baking. A stand one however I am not sure if I would get the hang of using it...urgh it didn't come with beaters and after looking online it may take me awhile to find a good fit for it.

What did others find this month? 

Friday, June 24, 2016

thrift snap shots

This week while thrifting I had lots of vintage to look at! My needlepoint loving self had three purses to ogle and I am not going to lie I had all three in my hands while wearing one myself.... This one was very similar in tone to one I already own, the clasp with finicky so no guilt leaving it behind.

There were about six dresses from the late 60's and early 70's in the store. I will admit the value villages I frequent have gotten a little crazy on their dress pricing every dress was $14.99 no matter the condition, the above one was the most wearable imo.

I do have a thing for 1970's sheer polyester dresses so I had to try this one on. It was my size but sadly the thread and elastic had gone rotten I could hear tearing and um holes showing as I was trying it on and getting it off. I left it behind since my sewing skills are not up to the challenge. But dang polka dots on top of flowers....

Below is what my change room looked like as I was trying to decide what to buy. The black needlepoint point purse was a NO BRAINER  I look for one every time I go to a thrift store I almost thought it was a mirage. I did leave the feather purse behind. I was going to pick it up for my etsy shop but the cost and shipping hassle made my leave it behind for another gal. It was so unique but the colour would not work me personally....that's what I have to tell myself. Lastly I did pick up another novelty brooch for myself because I can't get enough.

My monthly thrift round up will be next week with a better close up of my finds.
I can't seem to quit thrifing when I have fun affordable days like this one.