Goodwill Style Chronicles

Last Thursday marked my last day of work at Goodwill Thrift Store. I spent eight months working there three days a week, and really enjoyed it. I found some really unique treasures, but the people I worked with made it so enjoyable. I will miss all of them, and it was a chapter of life I’m very thankful for!

Every Tuesday when I would come in, one of my tasks was to dress the mannequins. It was my favourite thing to do as I got to basically shop and find coordinating outfits and colour palettes. You never know what you’ll find in a thrift store, so it was always unexpected. Some of my stylings were posted on the Goodwill instagram and facebook, but I wanted to share some of my favourite “Fashion Finds” from my time at the thrift store, more so for me to have all these photos in one place, and hopefully for your enjoyment as well! What look is your favourite?


Cheers,
Lauren.

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THRIFTED: Garage Sale Edition

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As soon as the warm weather hits, the signs start popping up in the neighbourhood and people’s driveways filled with treasures, junk, and everything in between become the targets of the weekend bargain hunters! We’ve done a little bit of garage sale-ing this year, and have found quite the collection of nifty treasures! I’ve chronicled a few of my thrifting adventures on my Cabin Knits blog, and today I thought it would be fun to share with you THRIFTED: The Garage Sale Edition.

A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon we headed down to Lilac Festival to watch our friend JJ Shiplett play. Lilac Fest is one of Calgary’s only, and best, street festivals where they shut down 4th Street downtown and it’s filled with art, music, food and people. It’s pretty much the best way to ring in summer. As we were leaving downtown on our little Vespa, we noticed a few garage sales so we had to stop. The one we checked out was loaded with really cool stuff and we walked away with a few gems.

Edmonton Oilers Jacket – $10
Zoltan is not an Oiler’s fan, but he’s convinced that next time we’re in Edmonton we’ll be able to sell it to someone and make a profit. What an entrepreneur. 😉

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Baseball Bat – $5, Birkenstocks – $5
We’ve been playing a lot of catch lately, and now we’re finally able to step up our game and play ball! Anyone in Calgary want to join us for a pick up game? And the Birks, what a deal! I’d been hoping to find a used pair since my last pair wore out and got demoted to painting/yard work sandals. I’m definitely going to live in these this summer!

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Another Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago we were heading to Glenmore Park for a picnic and a bikeride around the reservoir and we stopped at a few garage sales but didn’t find anything. Then we saw a sign for an estate sale (those are the good ones!) and found some really neat vintage items! I also found an awesome lawn chair that has been my go-to spot for reading the past little while!

Pineapple Dish – $1
This little wooden dish caught my eye! It’s such a cute piece, but I’m so undecided about what I want to use it for. Any ideas?

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Old Piano Books – $1
I’m a sucker for old sheet music. You can never have enough music to play, and they look really nice too! I’m excited to go through the book of folk songs and learn a bit about Canada’s musical history.

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The House at Pooh Corner Record – $1
I love Winnie the Pooh so obviously I had to pick up this record. It’ll be great for when kids come along someday, but I’m sure I’ll also enjoy it!

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Inuit Coasters – $1
I never realized how handy coasters are until having my own house and wanting to put down cups of water everywhere! These stood out to me with their handmade quality and pretty colour. (The cups were a sweet find at Goodwill a while back, and I’m on the hunt to find matching ones since the set only came with three).

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Antique Saudi Arabian Necklace – $35
And last but not least, one of my favourite finds this year, from a garage sale we found when we were in Madison, WI. (I briefly mentioned it in my blog about our trip here). The man running the garage sale had a table full of antique Saudi Arabian and other Middle Eastern jewelry that he had collected over many years of travel. After trying the necklace on I knew it would make the perfect statement piece. He gave us an amazing deal, and not only was I super excited about finding the necklace, but it was really cool to hear his stories about travelling!

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Have you stopped at any garage sales yet this year? Or hosted any garage sales? I’d love to hear what cool treasures (or ordinary things) that you found! Let me know in the comments! Happy sale-ing!

Lauren.

THRIFTED: Across the Rockies Tour

Last month we went on a little solo tour out to British Columbia and played six shows, with a trip to LA right in the middle. You may remember me writing about how I started off the tour sick as a dog, but luckily I was able to recover quickly! One thing I love to do when travelling is visit different thrift stores. It’s so fun to find treasures that remind me of all the places I visit. This tour was no different! We were able to fit in some thrifting in a few towns and I found some really great pieces including some really practical things for our home!

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Kelowna, BC – SPCA Thrift Store

On our way out of Kelowna we passed by this old building that looked like an outpost from an old western film. I saw that it said “Thrift Store” so we had to check it out! They were having a sale on books, so I picked up a copy of Anna Karenina (which I already have, but this one is in much better condition) and Farley Mowat’s memoir “Otherwise.” I also found three vintage books in great condition that I gifted my mom for her birthday (she collects them) and kept one of the covers to add to a gallery wall.

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White Rock, BC – Project Aftershock Thrift Store

We wandered into this cool looking thrift store after eating fish and chips on the beach. It was a small store, but what really caught my eye was the jewelry and a few antique wares tucked under a table. I saw this teapot set and knew that I had to get it. It’s made in England, and I just love the bright flower design. To top it off, it was only $7! I also scored the sailor necklace, which I thought was too unique to pass up. We had a lovely chat with the lady who was working there, so I hope we can stop by again sometime!

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Chilliwack, BC – MCC Thrift Store

You may remember from previous THRIFTED posts that I have a deep appreciation for MCC Thrift Stores. They’re usually much cheaper than other places, and they have some of the most unique items. Before our show in Chilliwack we had some time, so we hit up an MCC that was just down the street from where we were playing. We actually filmed this thrifting trip and it’s in the video we just released for our Exclusive Content Project. Anyway, that’s where I found this AMAZING cape for $5. I think it was my favourite find of tour. It’s so warm, and I love the simple primary colours. Every time I wear it I want to run away to the mountains!

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Burbank, CA – Goodwill

In the middle of our tour we caught a flight to Los Angeles for five days. We were down there to work with a producer on a new song, and of course enjoy some time in the sun! It was a pretty quick and busy trip, but the first day we were there we discovered a Goodwill thrift store just down the street from the airbnb we were staying at. I saw this print for $8 and knew it would be perfect for our house with the picture of a loom and a cat by a fireplace. (So it’s fitting that Maxine was sitting beside the picture as I was taking a photo.) Too cute. I also scored a pair of shorts, which was great because I forgot to pack shorts!

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Since we’ve been home, I’ve been working at a local Goodwill thrift store, and I’ve been trying not to buy all the sweet deals that come in, because there are lots! Have you found any treasures lately?

Happy Thrifting,
Lauren.

THRIFTED: Winnipeg, MB

There will no doubt be multiple THRIFTED posts from Winnipeg because there are just so many great treasures to be found in that fine, wintery city. Winnipeg is one of those cities that I’ve really fallen for in the comings and goings of the past few years. We’ve met some awesome people and have been able to experience so many different parts of the city, and cold and snow aside, it’s a really neat place, especially for music! We were there for last year’s Juno Fest, and got to take in a bunch of shows with bands like July Talk, Hollerado, Rah Rah, The Strumbellas, Royal Canoe, and Imaginary Cities. And when we were there this past fall, we got to see Sarah Slean perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. There’s always some sort of inspiring musical event to go to.

So anyway, this edition of Thrifted is actually a combination of two Salvation Army trips. The first trip was last summer, when we didn’t even play in Winnipeg, but ended up there for a few days at our friend Greg’s house. We stopped at Salvation Army on one of the days off and I found this AMAZING velvet skirt. Not only is it velvet, but it’s Holt Renfrew (from probably 15 years ago) and it fit perfectly! It’s one of my favourite dressy pieces because I can wear it with just about anything and it adds instant class to the outfit! I’ve definitely fallen for velvet this season…it’s so classy, and has just the right amount of texture.

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These books were a pleasant surprise. It was nice to find vintage copies of a few Jane Austin novels, and the other three just looked so pretty that I had to get them. And this plaid scarf has become one of my go-to accessories this winter. I love how warm it is without being to bulky, and the large plaid with a pop of red goes with almost everything I’ve been wearing. I do like my scarves. One can never have enough scarves.

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Holt Renfrew Skirt: $3

Books: 5 for $5

Scarf: $2

Well kids, that’s all for today. Next time on THRIFTED I’ll be sharing some awesome things I found at a very unexpected shop in a city that caught me by surprise.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season! Has anyone started making New Year’s Resolutions yet?

Cheers,
Lauren.

THRIFTED: Niverville, MB

Thrifting is in my blood. I grew up going to thrift stores, and despite a brief time during my adolescence when I found the idea “gross” and “totally uncool,” I’ve always loved hunting through a store to find one-of-a-kind gems and wicked deals. When we’re on tour, one of our favourite pastimes is stopping at tiny little thrift shops in the many small towns we go to. We don’t often have a very free schedule, but we manage to fit in quick trips to find treasures.

I’ve found everything from clothes to books to practical home items on these little thrift store trips, and I thought I’d chronicle some of my findings. It’s fun to be decorating the house or put an outfit together and remember where I found something. I guess it’s like a scrapbook for me, since I’m definitely not a scrapbooker. 😉

Anyways, here are a few findings from Niverville, MB. We played at Providence College on our last tour and drove back to Winnipeg after the show, but Zoltan forgot is coat at the college. So the next day, we drove back (45 min) to the college and stopped at the Niverville MCC Thrift Shop, and I’m glad we did!

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This jacket was one of my all-time greatest purchases. It was marked at $25, and I didn’t really want to pay that much, but it was sooo rockstar and it fit perfectly, so I brought it to the till, and for some reason the lady took 75% off, making it $6.25!

Leather Jacket – $6.25
Maxi dress – $3
Platform boots – $2

Note to all avid thrifters, do yourself a favour and visit the MCC Thrift Stores of Manitoba. It’s probably the best thrifting in the country!

What are some thrifting victories you’ve had? Please share!

Cheers,
Lauren.