July 11, 2011

Value Village: A Silent Gold Mine For Fashion Lovers

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Growing up my parents constantly cheap out on my clothes while everyone wore labels. I still blame them for my traumatic 8th grade when they enrolled me into a pretentious private school with sneakers from Zellers and Walmart shirts- at that point they should have just rename me to "Bertha", enroll me in a math camp and let me be a virgin for life. But I suppose what doesn't kill you make your blog bitchier.

Now that I am older I find myself in thrift stores more frequent. I still love designer items but I also appreciate thrifting a lot more. I am fortunate to be learning from one of my favorite Ottawa fashion blogger Justyna of Chichichic, who is also a stylist that knows what to pick at thrift stores to look unique and glam. Below are some thrifted outfits from some of my favourite bloggers and I:

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Love K with thrifted dress and clutch

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Chichichic with thrifted pants

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Me with thrifted shorts and shaw


Value Village is a second hand discounted store, and also a silent gold mine with one of a kind items. Below are some outfits Justyna put together for her A-Channel "Value Village" TV segment in which she demonstrated that you can look completely fab and not run your wallet dry.

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76 comments:

  1. hey girl:) I totally get what you mean.. when years pass by you get to know your own style and what you like and actually dare to buy something you really like. thrift stores are the best.

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  3. Thrift stores are great...you can find a lot of pretty neat stuff for just a few bucks..no need for overspending. btw, love your outfit :)

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  4. Hey girl, you rocked it A-channel! Nice shopping with you. :)

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  5. "What doesn't kill you makes your blog bitchier."

    HAHAHA. My new favorite saying.

    And I adore Value Village - you have to be willing to dig, but if you're willing to do the leg work you can walk away with one of a kind jewels!

    -Marie
    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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  6. Value Village seems like my kind of place! I've never been but I'd definitely like to!
    -Ellie

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  7. Yes to Thrift shopping. It can make you look super glam for a lot less.
    All you girls look fab! I love the many different styles (that turquoise shirt is beautiful) yet all great.

    http://styleidnet.blogspot.com/
    http://www.filomenascloset.com/

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  8. I think we might have been raised by the same people....? Hmmm.

    "But I suppose what doesn't kill you make your blog bitchier." This is the ultimate truth! I love it! :)

    I adore shopping in second-hand stores as well. I wish I could shop at VV!

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  9. Excellent post - thrifting often makes your outfit more individual which is a very good thing imo - thanks so much for your comment x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  10. Love this out for hun!
    I liked the 8thgrade and blog bit I had to read it out to my mum lol!
    Following.

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  11. That dress in the first photo looks lovely! Def don't look like its from a thrift store

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  12. I always loved branded clothes but unfortunately wasn't always able to have them!
    Now I am unstoppable :)


    hugs and kisses by Mani.

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  13. I love that you are inspired by vintage now and it's so much more satisfying sometimes to hunt for treasures than just go to the store and buy a ready made look.

    xo Mary Jo

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  14. I would never think these outfits were thrifted. They all look awesome!

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  15. lol! i love this ==> "what doesn't kill you make your blog bitchier".
    it must be the asian parents bc mine were super cheap too. my dad bought me a ninja turtle jacket from the goodwill. i had to wear it and everyone made fun of me...*sigh*

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  16. Great looks! Our VV isn't bad in Kingston.

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  17. Everyone looks great. I love the tights in the first picture. Thrifting takes some work but you can def. find treasures. LOL at the bitchier blog comment. XD

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  18. great pictures and really lovely outfits!p.s. love the bangle in the first pic!

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  19. ahh you are great in thrift shopping. I wish we had the same places here.
    anyways I was you in 8th grade, totally feel ya:)
    xoxo

    www.thriftqueen.blogspot.com

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  20. Love it!!! These pictures are amazing and your outfit was gorgeous )per usual) thanks again for the lovely pictures, can't wait to do it again soon :-)
    Love K

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  21. Propably the sugar is not so healthy ;) but it was really very good,
    YOur outfit with the shorts is so great love it.
    Hugs
    Nadine

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  22. Wonderful post!!!! Thrifting is a way of life and it is where I get most of my clothes, I love it soooo much...

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  23. You all look amazing in your thrifted finds!

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  24. Wow, she did a great job styling! I love thrifting, especially when Value Village has their 50% off Mondays every once in awhile ; ) EVEN BETTER!

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  25. Hahaha @ the first paragraph...

    I've never been a "label whore" nor shall I ever be. The Thrift Shop (Value Village) is like my second home. I mostly go there to shop for handbags, custom jewerly, home videos and sometimes pretend like I'm going to buy used makeup to see which one of those nosy desperate housewives will run over there first to get the cashier's attention saying that, "that's my bag of makeup!!!" The funny part is when I see them the next week and notice that they've tried it--looking like a dry face clown on their way to the prom.

    lettersinatreehouse.blogspot.com

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  26. oh and btw, all cute outfits. Love the bracelet and tights in the first photos.

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  27. i really like thrifting too.you can find amazing items!great pics,really nice post :D

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  28. i love the outfit :) and i love thirfted items i think they are likely to be unique :p and wow that does sounds like a traumatic school time...

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  29. Oh that store sounds so lovely. I'm ready to go dancing again those shiny shoes.

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  30. it is always so satisfying to find a rare gem in a thrift store for next to nothing.

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  31. I like thrifting because I see it as a triple positive: easier on the wallet, more unique finds that I feel excited when I discover, and its recycling!
    I love the shawl you found!

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  32. I grew up exactly the same, now I love thrift shops and am quite good at finding great stuff!! You all look fab!! xx

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  33. ahhh I love it!! can we have a shopping date there soon!!!!???

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  34. oh i love the pants and that shawl you're wearing!

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  35. I really wanted to be there but being so close to the competition, I am exhausted so early on : (

    Can't wait ot viist this VV for some great finds.

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  36. I absolutely LOVE thrifting! There are so many gems in a thrift store, especially in VV

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  37. Love the first pic amazing thrifting

    xx
    Rosa

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  38. oooh yes, I agree. Thrifting is awesome. I actually only shop at Value Village now. I mean I will go into other stores but I never get anything because I think I can get it cheaper at Value Village.. and I don't buy from other thrift stores because they are always more expensive than Value Village. My mom also only shops at Value Village, and let me tell you, she always looks STUNNING. My style & job permits me to dress kind of grungey, but she is a professional woman and she looks so good in everything she finds at Value Village. haha I love that place!!

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  39. Hahah I love the "what doesn't kill you makes your blog bitchier" part. Good stuff. I completely agree, when we moved to the more rich part of town, I was immediately casted out for apparently my black pants weren't the right brand. Thrifting definitely has opened a whole new world for me! :)

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  40. I've heard about this place... trying to think if we have an equivalent but can't... Lucky girl! And well done btw!

    http://inherentstylela.blogspot.com/

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  41. What amazing finds. I hope you hold onto those yellow textile pants for your future kiddies!

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  42. I love thrifting actually i found great designer things for cheap! Found a nice micheal kors top at VV for 5bucks and a lil Givenchy purse for 6dolllahhhs! Lol!

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  43. I'm with you on the glory of the thrift...that first dress is an incredible score! I love finding that treasure experiencing the thrill of $5--it's incomparable!

    xo,
    C

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  44. i NEED to jump on the thrift store bandwagon

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  45. awww wow!! suck fashionistas you lovely ladies are!! most of my clothes when I was younger are hand me downs from my mom D: that's cause I was very big and well you know how sizes are in Asia, cute size all the way!

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  46. I love people who thrift shop! You really have to dig for those good pieces, but if you're lucky, you'll find a treasure piece. Love seeing what people find in places like Value Village! It amazes me sometimes!

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  47. Great pics and styles! You 3 bloggers are too cute getting together to do a VV shoot! You gotta love VV for the hidden gems.

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  48. I have said it more than once I really admire anyone who can do (vintage) thrifted well. Xxxx

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  49. totally love thrift markets too! :D


    Veronica
    blameboogie.blogspot.com

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  50. aw! thanks for posting this! amazing! and thanks for helping out again, you rock!

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  51. From the looks of these amazing photos, I definitely should stop by a second-hand store soon... Great post! xo

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  52. Ohhh I love thrifting!! Over here we also have a second hand discount store that it is literally blogger and fashionistas paradise...we actually have three haha..But everybody shops in the main one named Saks...you can always find amazing pieces over there

    xx
    Andy
    The Black Label

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  53. LOL, you could never be a Bertha--and I'm sort of an expert since I have an aunt named Bertha (she's NEVER been any fun). We shopped at the same places, but I mostly fit in since it was public school all the way for me. By the time I was in 9th grade, my oldest brother was working and buying his own clothes--which I could borrow behind his back.

    You look terrific in the thrifty clothes. =)

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  54. I love all these outfits so much. Especially the green dress it is stunning.

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  55. wowwwwww i lovee all the outfits!! i love thrifting too its such a good environmentally freindly habit =].. as an student majoring part of my degree in environmental science, i try to reuse and reduce before I recycle... this is the way to minimize our junk in this planet! LOVE.


    Alx

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  56. I do wonder about that sometimes. Perhaps they did it to show us the value of expensive things? Justyna is a whizz at creating looks isn't she?

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  57. Awww... love this post :) ♥ Most of my friends are into thrifting and most of them have unique designs tops/buttons/dresses.

    You're all gorgeous! Love this post up for this :)

    ellenreviews.blogspot.com

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  58. I definitely appreciated thrifting a lot more once I was in college and had a budget. I've never been to a Value Village but I have a Savers that I frequent pretty often.

    Shopping and Spreadsheets

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  59. Wow! These looks are amazing!
    I love inspiration post of street style :)

    xxx London

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  60. "But I suppose what doesn't kill you make your blog bitchier." I loved this!!! It must had ben tough growing up like that but now you have an incredible blog and an amazing sense of style. And I wish I could have a Justyna of Chichichic around.

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  61. I used to go to the value village a lot when I was living in Montreal!!!I can't forget my first floral print skirt bought from them! I real treasure! You look amazing!

    Have a lovely day! xoxoxo

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  62. im really glad you made a post like this! my parents did the same thing to me as a kid and i actually learned to embrace it in high school when i realized it made me different and didnt conform me to everyone and everything else. now i love shopping at thrift stores and having individualistic clothing :)

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  63. You girls would look amazing in anything you wore! I am never that lucky when I thrift...or maybe I just don't have the figure to pull it off :)

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  64. i don't do a lot of thrifting but sure thing its fun when i get to do it :)

    u don't looked like u thrift that short hun it looks fab and sexy but its how you wear it anyway so thats why it looks gorgeous! :) great shots...

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  65. I love value village!!! such a great place!!!
    I was the same like you, my parents didn't want to spend money on clothes but I don't care about it anymore and it makes shopping like an adventure trying to find treasures on such kind on places or on sales ^^

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  66. My parents were totally the same with me. I mean, they were pretty well to do, and I went to a pretty prestigious school, but my parents always skimped on buying clothes for me. That has shaped me more than I can even really fathom, but I really am appreciative of that!

    Btw, Great shorts!

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  67. So many beautiful and stylish girls in one post!:)) Btw U look awesome in shorts hun!!;)
    kisses
    Jelena
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  68. Haha, I've been there and I know the feeling. It's very traumatizing when you're a kid and you have to wear cheap looking clothes while others look like they're on the red carpet.
    Now I realize that's silly and that I would rather wear something affordable and beautiful anytime than to spend hundreds of dollars on designer clothes.
    You all look fabulous in your thrifted items and I love your denim shorts.
    P.S. My satchel bag isn't from The Cambridge Satchel Company, it's from New Yorker. I am glad you like it and I hope you'll find something similar ^ _ ^

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  69. I NEED Value Village now! Omg, these all look so designer to me, very "celeb"-like. I have very similar traumatic experiences as a child w/cheap clothing because of the parentals but you may have had it worse because of the private school though. Look how glam you are now :D

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  70. I always see people get such great finds from Value Village, but I never have any patience to sift through tons of crap to find a hidden gem - any tips on how to make that search faster?

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  71. I love value village but now they're raising the prices.... I can get new clothes for the same price now

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