As I said, the chip and dip set I showed you the other day wasn't my only treasure found while on the road a week ago. Here's the rest of my loot:
I bought this sweet silk flower brooch at the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store for 25 cents. :) I am currently a little obsessed with these silk flower brooches with the fabric stems. I've got two and I'm on the hunt to add more to my collection.
This coat is not vintage, but I couldn't resist it's similarity to a sailor's peacoat. That and the asymetrical buttons. Plus it fits perfectly...I just couldn't leave it at the store!
So those are the things I bought for myself.
These are the pieces I bought for the hoard collection. I have a serious problem people... I cannot resist a good deal on vintage. Even if it doesn't fit me!
I am considering selling the following items. If you might be interested, email me and we can negotiate a price. I can send you measurements. We can talk about shipping cost etc...
I love men's vintage workwear. This coat is in amazing shape! It's in nearly new condition and is not stiff like lots of other canvas cotton work jackets. It's a mens small-medium, so I'm not sure if it will fit any of the men in my life.
My favourite part is this little patch on the breast pocket.
I also have a serious weakness for vintage straw bags. I have at least half a dozen in my collection. This one is in great shape! And it's a really nice size. A girl could keep a lot of summer essentials in this bag! :)
This 60's coat and hat set may be the best thing I bought while I was away. Unfortunately it is too big for me. I look ridiculous in it. But I just couldn't leave it in the store, it is just too awesome!
This photo does it no justice at all, due to the fact that my mannequin is more my size and is swallowed up by the coat as well. It's WAY better in person than in this photo...
And the hat. Pure 60's goodness.
So there they are, the spoils from my week on the road.
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Like I said in yesterdays post. I scored some sweet thrift finds while touring the province.
This beauty might be the best thing I bought.
I scored this lovely 50's/60's (any experts weigh in on this? I'm not sure which it is) chip and dip set at the Steinbach MCC Thrift store for $15! It was sitting on a display table as I walked in the store and I snatched in up without hesitation.
No chips, very little wear on the hand painting. And best of all. It goes with my decor! :) *happy dance*
Like I said at the end of my last post, I spent the better part of last week touring the show I was working on around rural Manitoba.
It was my first time working on a school tour (but not my last! my next contract is also a school tour). It was eye opening spending so many days at various high school and middle schools all around Manitoba. I went to a performing arts high school and until two weeks ago never really realized how privileged my high school "career" was.
I wouldn't be working in theatre if I had not gone to the school I went to. How different would my life had been if I had gone to a regular high school?
I guess I wouldn't have found myself driving around Manitoba in a one ton van full of a compact-able set, costumes and prop bins!
Thankfully the cast for this show was fun and the girls had just as much of a thrifting bug as I did! We scoped out the thrift store in almost every small town we visited (time allowing).
I was so busy working I only had time to take a few photos.
Most importantly, a shot of my coffee in the morning. I brought fresh beans, my coffee grinder and my French press. When away from home it is very important to bring delicious creature comforts.
The only other photo worth sharing is of me and (most) of the cast in the bar in Winnipegosis. We had such a great time that night! The staff unlocked the pool tables for us and we played for free all night. They also bought us a couple rounds of shots! We were treated like kings! lol!
Stay tuned tomorrow for some of my rural thrift finds!
Long time no see! A week seems like an eternity on the 'ole blogosphere doesn't it?
Winter has descended on Winnipeg. On Friday night there was green-brown grass in our front yard and by Sunday morning we were blanketed in white.
I guess I am forever in anticipation of the upcoming season. Now that we have all this snow I have been enjoying accessorizing my winter coats with my my small, but mighty arsenal of hats, gloves and scarves. I actually love winter dressing for that reason, It is so easy to look chic with the right winter gear.
This whole outfit, as you see it is almost all new. I've been watching those leopard print skinny jeans I've been lusting over on the Le Chateau website and they recently went on sale from $79.99 to $19.99!! I ordered a pair on the spot. And I love them!! :)
The only problem when they arrived is that until yesterday I didn't own a black winter coat. And I just couldn't imagine wearing these pants without a black coat. So I was on the hunt. Luckly my spidey-sense directed me to Value Village yesterday and I scored this cute altered vintage mouton and mink coat. It used to be a 3/4 length, but someone shortened it to its current length, which suits me just fine. It was a steal at $17 all in with taxes.
And doesn't it just look perfect with my new skinny jeans?! I think so.
And the best part? (And this is why I love vintage...) While I was cleaning it up and steaming the coat last night I found a vintage fortune cookie fortune in the hidden breast pocket!
" Your enterprise will bring great profit."
How long has this been in there? Did the owner keep it because it meant something to them? Or did it get stuffed haphazardly into the pocket and forgotten with time? I'll never know...and that's part of the fun. :)
I have a few little frames in the basement with nothing in them and I'm thinking about framing my little treasure and hanging it in my dressing room.
Black Beret: Joe Fresh
Fuschia Scarf: Jacob
Vintage Altered Mouton and Mink Coat: thrifted, Value Village
Black Elbow Length Leather Gloves: gift from Mom
Leopard Print Skinny Jeans: Le Chateau
Black Wedge Booties: George (Walmart)
My Favourite Purse: thrifted, Value Village
I just finished my last stressful job on Friday. I actually spent almost all of last week touring the show I was working on around rural Manitoba. I've got a little post planned to share some of the ups and downs with you. (and maybe a few vintage thrift finds as well!)
Remember a few weeks back when I posted about my desperate need for a haircut?
Well, I did it!
Through some sort of miracle, I got into my salon the same day I called. Which was good and bad. It meant I didn't have time to chicken out and cancel my appointment, but it also meant that I didn't have any time to mentally prepare myself to say good-bye to the security blanket I've been wearing on my head.
So here's the before. One last photo of my long hair:
I look a little sad...well I was...
And the after:
I still look a little sad and stunned...I guess I was...
I let my hairdresser cut about 3 inches from the bottom of my hair and I felt really naked and weird afterwards. He might as well have given me a pixie cut. Until about 3 days ago I was beating myself up for letting him cut so much off.
I realize I must be completely insane...my hair is still long...I just don't feel like it is anymore...
I'm feeling better now that I've washed, dried it and styled it a few times on my own. I never seem to like the way hairdressers style my hair after a cut.
I'm looking at these photos and it seems to look like my hair didn't get any shorter...I assure you it did. My hair is curled in the first photo and straight in the other two. Just to give you some perspective.
I'm back! This is my last week of work and I'm finally started to feel the stress melt away a little (I see a massage in my near future...to melt away the rest of the stress...).
Halloween has come and gone, but you know I love a little show and tell. You may have already guessed from the title of this post, but I went as Flo from the Progressive commercials for Halloween this year!
I had a great time and my costume was a hit at every party we went to!