i needed some fabric and also some clothing to style the shoot next week with my 1st batch of spring totes. so i went to the thrift store and got a bit lucky. i was sort of surprised. but then of course i forgot the most important thing! like i always seem to do these days. and have to go back! always nice to have an excuse… these photos are a bit dark, i’m still getting a handle on my newish camera, and using natural light again. AND i have also fallen under the spell of soft filmy photos it seems. and endless romantic everything. too funny.

.80s pale blue Calvin Klein jeans. realllllly long, just how i like them.
.shell bracelet. i am shell obsessed right now.
.60s? 70s? popcorn crochet purse. wow!
.vintage, but dunno what decade, lace blouse. double wow. scalloped hem and puff shoulders and teeny tiny pearlized button in back.

i also found some very faded Levis boyfriend type jeans, but when i photographed them they looked like acid wash, which i’m not in the mood for right now.

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thrifted vintage belt, has another double pocket but took if off here.
vintage 80s shoes from etsy.
$2- plaid shirt that i love.
70s thrifted denim dress i’ve had forever.
tights i’ve had forever.
little sleeve holder i keep trying to wear.
drop “pearl” earrings i made.

i always have this peripheral western clothing obsession. not sure why. i’m from the prairies but a city in the prairies. here are a couple of screenshots from The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet episode “Rick’s Riding Lesson“. i love the instructor’s tucked in plaid shirt, boyish/girlish curvy jeans, and little updo. she’s sassy & tricky in this episode too, if you care to watch it.

the rest of the pics are in my flickr stream.

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a skirt from La Meow of the dreamy and fantastical clothes! frothy. lacy. see-thru. pale-blue. & teeny tiny pleats! i love it so much. and can’t wait to make an outfit with it. maybe something over black opaque tights or black lace tights, black ankle booties [whether the world tires of them or not!] and then some more black too… thank you La Meow!

followed by… The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. an incredible book. so bright and insightful, so naturally spoken. but i don’t know if i can finish it. it’s too sad. i love this cover. and her dress.

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my sister Katie thrifting with me in Toronto back in some day.

nice thing about thrifting, it can almost go on forever. almost. and all those girls who recently bought piles of vintage clothes that wouldn’t have if it didn’t get so popular, well, those clothes now show up again in thrift stores. round and round.

i haven’t posted about thrifting for a while, except for my outfits. i still thrift a lot, even when i think i’m not, the piles of clothes grow in and around my closet. and i continue to use recycled materials in SWANclothing. mostly leather reuse at the moment.

The Coveted recently posted What’s your thrifting strategy? and I liked my comments so here they are…

i have an ongoing wish list of what i want to find at thrift stores. sometimes it takes a few years but… eventually it shows up.

i only buy what fits, even if i love it and it is cheap. and definitely going more often will get you what you want, it’s very random of course. very!

i wouldn’t really count stores that have already thrifted for you as a thrift store, but if you really want something and can’t put in the shopping hours, it’s a good option.

and try to go to places that aren’t too overrun by other savvy thrifters, sort of impossible but worth a try.

also, look in neighbourhoods where the type of clothing you want is being thrown away. when i wanted more “boho” type things back in the “boho” day and a lot of Indian clothing fell into that category, i would thrift in a suburb where there was a large Indian community.

and really look carefully for flaws in the store, it’s so easy to miss moth munchings and tiny holes and stains, but later on they will drive you crazy.

and remember to test out certain things well at the store. there are a whole bunch of shoes from the 80s that have the blown foam soles, i don’t know the real name for it, but they often look perfectly preserved but one good bend or a few full-weighted steps and the sole just kind of cracks and starts disintegrating. yuck!

never fully trust the stores categorization of clothing. look in the kids section for things that will fit you, look in small sections even if you are large etc.

and remember that sizing changes pretty much every decade. so just try it on.

i am definitely a bit of a committed thrifter.

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i found this amazing t-shirt for a few dollars at a thrift store, hanging all alone from the ceiling in the corner. it’s from the movie Black Dahlia. ok movie, great shirt. the back is all faded in big tan streaks from the sun. it’s so nice.

.thrifted Black Dahlia t shirt
.thrifted vintage men’s shirt
.SWANclothing tote by me!
.thrifted really amazing fat fat 70s tweed tie
.thrifted 90s pinstrupe pants
.90s black ankle booties from etsy

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this is from last night actually, and really more of a looking forward to fall thing. during the day yesterday i got a sunburn, not a very OTK gogo boot friendly day. so… a favourite thrifted 60s vintage dress of mine. and also favourite over the knee 60s black leather gogo boots, which were a thrift-trade of sorts. bigger here.

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.80s short cream cabled sweater, thrifted.
.thick cotton cinch belt with vintage brass buckle, made by me.
.equestrian skirt, thrifted and shortened by me. i love the intertwined belts along the hem.
.80s brown western style shoes, found on etsy.
.pearl necklace made by me.
.deadstock 80s rolling stone gold tongue earrings from The Rock Shop.
.rhinestone T stud from dunno where.

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i am pearl obsessed now and for this fall. fall! i want fall! this is my favourite pearl encrusted belt. it’s 80s and thrifted and kind of metal queen. it’s missing pearls but who cares. and my favourite forever grey sweatshirt, thrifted too. a gold rolling stone earring from The Rock Shop, and a rhinestone “T” stud too. more pearls soon…

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i still thrift of course. yesterday i found a pink satin tie. yum! a huge HUGE grey men’s polo t-shirt that i will wear all wrong, and a perfect beautiful black 80s sheer draped top. $8! oh, and i made those pearl drop earrings. the pearls are sort of grey toned.

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Dorothy’s Deco Blouse from TELL IT TO THE MOUNTAIN. it’s just lovely. vintage, pale pink, beaded, openwork. i had to blog it.

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