Way back when, on Tuesday when I was wearing my navy stripes, I had the pleasure of going thrifting with Rachal – a spunky young woman treating herself to an early birthday present of shopping with moi! That’s about all it took for me to know Rachal is a kindred spirit, but it got even better from there! Rachal is related to one of my favourite people, Cathy. When I first started thrifting, Cathy said, if you ever find Fly London shoes in the thrift store, buy them. Lo an behold the first thing we stumbled across…
Like me, Rachal is an Occupational Therapist – we even saw some splints in the housewares section! (How could I neglect to take a photo?!) So that was awesome. As we shopped, I got to know her great sense of humour and learned that we share a love for
questionably ugly interesting vintage pieces! Don’t worry, we didn’t get into any thrift fights! (Yet.) Rachal found plenty of great options! Here are some of the pieces she ended up editing out…
Now onto the pieces Rachal selected after a few hours of combing the racks!
Rachal loves collared shirts and was looking for layering pieces. She found several great options!
She also styled this awesome top – with detachable tie – with this great black blazer…
Rachel was wondering how to style a simple shirt without layering additional pieces and the answer to that is: accessories. Add a belt, scarf, statement necklace, pendant or big earrings to style your shirt! We talked about the Rule of Three – have 3 noticeable elements to your outfit to make it feel complete. Layers look best in 3’s! Eye-catching colourful or printed bottoms can help fulfill the Rule of 3 – and though we didn’t find a ton of bottoms, Rachal did find cobalt pants!
Speaking of belts, we talked about my fave belts, Flatter:Me belts – a wardrobe must for a girl like Rachal with an itty-bitty waist! The Flatter:Me belt makes any pair of pants fit without adding bulk AND they are great for adding a stylish element to your outfit! AND they are #shoplocal and ethically manufactured. Rachal, you need one (or six if we’re really going to be samsies). That cobalt belt and any of the Flatter:Me belts would be the perfect way to style up Rachal’s shirt dresses…
In the end, Rachel scored 16 versatile unique pieces at an average cost per piece of $7.41 or $12.41 including my fee. Unfortunately, there were no sales or discount cards to be had at this early date in 2016 – 30% off makes the spoils even sweeter! Nonetheless, B.T. (Before Thrifting), I would have thought $12.50 for any item of clothing was an amazing deal, let alone vintage pieces or brand names like J Crew and Liz Claiborne (I think that was the black blazer!). Besides, I’ve found myself a vintage sweater/blouse thrifting companion and that is priceless! And hey, Rachal, maybe one day you’ll want to be featured as a Thrifty Therapist?!!
great shopping trip – you got some AWESOME pieces
(i LOL’d at the ‘this is where she’s NOT like me’ comment
The Spirited Thrifter: UPDATE: i stopped into Plato’s Closet – Strathcona, AB last nite – RIDICULOUS prices, (good), and LOTS of stock, especially younger hipper styles and more smaller sizes than my size, but still was very impressed. they also have some mens stuff – again – mostly for younger guys
def worth checking out the next time you’re in my neck of the woods>>>let me know if you come over this way and we’ll go for a post thrift ‘coffee’ 😉
This is amazing!! Rachal’s mom and grandmother have always been very fashion forward and an inspiration for me. Can’t wait to see what Rachal bought.
Thanks so much for coming by the store! and Thank you for the kind words! We have only been open for 1 month so it is always great to see when people are excited about our store, and thrilled when people spread the word! Thanks!!
For sure – can’t wait to go! You can bet I’ll blog all about it when I do and throw in a Yelp review to boot! (though, er, I’m *slightly* out of the targeted age group!)
Rachal is awesome! We think you should have a Retro Sweater party for your favourite OTs (and anyone else!)! 😀
sweaters, scarves and shoes have no age group!
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