{thrifting 101: dress it up}

Today’s thrifting lesson takes us away from housewares and into the world of fashion. I think vintage fashion is what intimidates most people. You may question if it’s actually stylish or just tacky, you’re not sure if you can pull it off, and you don’t know what you can mix it with. All totally legitimate thoughts. I remember thinking all the same things. I think it takes confidence to wear vintage but the good news is you can slowly build the confidence and I believe anyone can wear it.

What I love about vintage is that not only are you channeling a specific style and moment in time but it really lets you show off your style and personality and most importantly you won’t see anyone else wearing the same outfit!

I recruited my beautiful friend & vintage lover, Jess, to help me model a bunch of my most recent and favourite vintage finds. We had a ton of fun styling these dresses and Jess was a natural in front of the camera.

I would say the biggest tip for vintage dresses is it’s all about the styling. If you’re feeling super confident in your vintage matching skills then find a great vintage purse or boots to go with your outfit. But if you don’t have a big collection to choose from I recommend updating the look with more modern accessories.

I have a little bit of a vintage purse problem as you can see but I almost always mix my dresses with a new pair of shoots or boots. 
Here’s a small taste of my collection – 99% of which I found at thrift stores.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can’t keep all these or my closet will overflow. So I’ve started an Etsy shop to sell my dresses and feed my little hobbie. Some of these are my personal favs that I’m not quite ready to part with but many of them and more are in my shop and I will be adding more soon. (more dresses and also boots & purses to come)
Take a look and be inspired by the styling. Tights are a great way to update a vintage dress. Probably my number one tip when it comes to updating vintage dresses is edit your hemline. By shortening a hem you instantly make the dress more youthful, flirty and trendy. A few inches above the knee is a flattering length on most people without looking like you were shopping at Forever21. 

Visit my Etsy shop here

Happy vintage shopping. Have fun with it!


{thrifting 101: don’t pass the chachka’s}

dust collectors, trinkets, useless crap. Whatever you want to call them we all know about chachkas and probably know someone with a dusty collection sitting in a glass cabinet in a dining room that never gets used. Many of those lonely chachka’s eventually end up on a shelf in a thrift store. That’s where we meet. I never pass up the random trinket isle at the thrift shop. You really just never know what you’ll find.

This past weekend I found a new home for one little lonely guy. His new home is this fabulous glass ‘bird feeder’ (said the label) that I found at a flea market off the highway on my way up north.

And here is Mr.Deer’s new home on my patio….fresh after a rainfall. It’s little things like this guy that add interest to the ordinary. It’s one of those little details that people may not notice right away but when they do it’s an element of surprise and delight. 

And here he is as part of my hippie garden corner on my patio. Now that’s an upgrade from a dusty shelf

{thrifting 101: flea market finds}

Let the flea market crawl begin! Check out these great finds I picked up at the Almonte Flea Market last weekend while I was there for Handmade Harvest. I definitely have a weakness for housewares but check out the neon water canteen I found in mint condition. In love! I will never be unfashionably thirsty again. 

If you’re in the Almonte area, stop by on a Sunday morning this summer.