It’s not every day that a new thrift store opens in town but that’s exactly what happened today!!  Value Village opened a new location in Spruce Grove!  

Thrift off

I consider Spruce Grove to be part of my “town”; I live near Beaumont, so basically Edmonton, Leduc, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain are all around the same driving time for me and all their VV Boutiques are fair game!  Naturally, I was thrilled to learn about the new Value Village, especially having consulted to some of the Spruce Grove schools for my day/only job where, let me tell you, the staff were well dressed which can only mean there is good thrift hunting to be had!  On Tuesday while you were busy drinking wine, labeling school supplies and wondering why hot lunch doesn’t start on the first day of school happily at home, I was happily hitting the Sneak Peek event with fellow thrifting aficionado Adina of Blue Collar Red Lipstick

#thriftingsisterhood
#thriftingsisterhood

AND we both had hot little $50 gift cards to spend courtesy of Value Village!  We are both fairly, er, comfortable with thrifting, so to make it a little more interesting, we challenged each other to a Thrift-Off!  (Well, that’s my term because I watch too many dance competition movies and always wanted to be in some kind of a _____ – off.)  The terms of the challenge, each worth a point:

  1. Best/biggest score of the night
  2. Best retail value of items purchased
  3. Lowest cost-per-item
  4. Most Anthropologie pieces #noanthroleftbehind

The winner takes all!  (Er, there was no prize except mad thrift cred.)  Here’s how my night went…

Had I been able to squeeze my post-surgery foot into these, I would have taken them home despite the inevitable loss in category 3!
Had I been able to squeeze my post-surgery foot into these, I would have taken them home despite the inevitable loss in category 3!
However, these fit, were cute in a vintagey kind of way AND had straps as per PT orders! Alia leather shoes for $13.
However, these fit, were cute in a vintagey kind of way AND had straps as per PT orders! Alia leather Glenda shoes for $13.  They might really be vintage because I couldn’t find them on-line but similar shoes retail for about $100.
I also found these beautiful Marc Jacobs flats but they were just a bit big on me, which is why you thrift with people who wear a different size...
I also found these beautiful Marc Jacobs flats but they were just a bit big on me, which is why you thrift with people who wear a different size…
They fit Adina! I basically told her if she didn't get them, it was game over. #friendsdontletfriendsleavefabshoesbehind
They fit Adina! I basically told her if she didn’t get them, it was game over. #friendsdontletfriendsleavefabshoesbehind
My aunt came out to the Sneak Peek and found me these Ugg fleece lined clogs for $13!! These retail for about $200!
My aunt came out to the Sneak Peek and found me these Ugg fleece lined clogs for $13!! These retail for about $200!
My aunt also found me this SOA tee and I was prepared to add a new category to the competition ("who left as Jax's girlfriend") but alas it was too tight (for me, not for SOA).
My aunt also found me this SOA tee and I was prepared to add a new category to the competition (“who left as Jax’s girlfriend”) but alas it was too tight (for me, not for SOA).
Bags are Adina's specialty, but I did spot this Italian leather beauty in such a gorgeous colour! We both ended up leaving it behind - not quite the right style!
Bags are Adina’s specialty, but I did spot this Italian leather beauty in such a gorgeous colour! We both ended up leaving it behind – not quite the right style!  #ishouldagotthatbag
I also spotted this Roots bag but exercised extreme restraint since I already have a black cross body leather Fossil bag.
I also spotted this Roots bag but exercised extreme restraint since I already have a black cross body leather Fossil bag.
#verymature #shouldagotthatbagtoo
#shouldagotthatbagtoo
I kept scouring the racks for Anthro brands, and in the midst of my fevered hunt, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim! She made my night by sharing that she came thrifting FOR THE FIRST TIME because of me!! Sniff sniff!! I am truly touched ESPECIALLY considering she sustained a serious thrifting toenail injury but *kept on thrifting.* For that, Kim, I appoint you an honourary winner!!
I kept scouring the racks for Anthro brands, and in the midst of my fevered hunt, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim! She made my night by sharing that she came thrifting FOR THE FIRST TIME because of me!! Sniff sniff!! I am truly touched ESPECIALLY considering she sustained a serious thrifting toenail injury but *kept on thrifting.* For that, Kim, I appoint you an honourary Thrift-Off winner!!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Victoria, the winner of the $50 GC giveaway! Victoria found some awesome pieces too - check out her Insta feed for all the pics and other great posts!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Victoria, the winner of the $50 GC giveaway! Victoria found some awesome pieces too – check out her Insta feed @tailgate.juliet for all the pics and other great posts!
And then, as if things couldn't get any better, Shelena showed up WITH CLOTHES FOR ME! She had gorgeous Joseph Ribkoff sweater-coat that doesn't work for her, and she thought I would like it! And I do, I so do!! Thank you Shelena! Um, I think I get bonus points for that??!! No??
And then, as if things couldn’t get any better, Sheleena showed up WITH CLOTHES FOR ME! She had a gorgeous Joseph Ribkoff sweater-coat that doesn’t work for her, and thought I would like it! And I do, I so do!! Thank you Shelena! xoxoxoxoxoxo  Um, I think I get bonus points for that??!! No??
As for the fitting room finds, I did try a number of dresses that got voted out of the cart for one reason or another... #shouldagotthatstripeddress
As for the fitting room finds, I did try a number of dresses that got voted out of the cart for one reason or another… #shouldagotthatstripeddress
But Adina found me this Hugo Boss cotton dress sans belt with pockets for $8!!! Couldn't find the exact dress on line but similar dresses run for at least $350 - $4-hun or more! Thanks Adina!
But Adina found me this Hugo Boss cotton dress sans belt with pockets for $8!!! Couldn’t find the exact dress online but similar dresses run for at least $350 – $4-hun or more! Thanks Adina!

She also found me this Anthro-brand Fei silk tunic - hand it over Tiny One! - for $8! Likely retailed for at least $100 and likely more! Adina ALSO found me Eileen Fisher black leggings in mint condition for $8 - regular retail $140!

She also found me this Anthro-brand Fei silk tunic – hand it over Tiny One! – for $8! Likely retailed for at least $100! Adina ALSO found me Eileen Fisher black leggings in mint condition for $8 – regular retail $140!  

But I found Adina this J Crew coat of perfection! See, the #thriftingsisterhood is mutually beneficial!
But I found Adina this J Crew coat of perfection! See, the #thriftingsisterhood is mutually beneficial!
I tried on many more pieces including Anthro tops, a Sandwich blouse, leather jackets and the like, but the only other piece I took home was these Lila Rose leggings-ish pants for $8. This is a Zulily brand and probably retailed for $40ish.
I tried on many more pieces including Anthro tops, a Sandwich blouse, leather jackets and the like, but the only other piece I took home was these Lila Rose leggings-ish pants for $8. This is a Zulily brand and probably retailed for $40ish.

Sooooo, who’s going down?!!  Let’s review:

  1. Best/biggest score of the night – Adina tried to give me this point for finding her the J Crew coat and Marc Jacobs flats, but that’s just good thrifting fate in action!  She gets the point for the best score!
  2. Best retail value of items purchased – I spent a total of $60.84 including tax and the estimated MRRP* was $830 – so I paid about 7.3% of the regular retail cost, surprisingly just under Adina’s percentage; point Nicole. (*I don’t know what this means; I copied it from Adina. :D)
  3. Lowest cost-per-item – I selected pieces with a lower-price point so it’s kinda good luck/thrifting fate that I took this category with a cost-per-item of $10.14.
  4. Most Anthropologie pieces #noanthroleftbehind – Adina wins this, every time.  Sigh.

Keeping track?!  Yep, we are tied!  So we need YOUR help!  Check out Adina’s post on the Value Village Sneak Peek and help us decide who gets Channing Tatum declared the winner of the Thrift Off!  Leave your comments below and stay tuned for the official announcement!  And check out the Spruce Grove Value Village for your very own great thrift scores, no competition required!

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5 Comments

  1. Suzanne Dennis Reply

    good shopping! i declare it a tie – you both got amazing stuff.

  2. SuzanneDennis Reply

    there are no losers here – you both got great stuff! i could not have been as strong as you – would have taken home the Roots bag at least! #winwin

  3. Karlynn Johnston Reply

    It comes down to who found that coat….so you win. Seriously. It’s beautiful! U0001f60dU0001f60d

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