September 03, 2013

Back-to-School way

I wasn't going to buy any back to school clothing.  As a mature student, who has been teaching for the past decade, I have a fairly decent wardrobe.  And, I need to pinch pennies since my professional program is an expensive one.  
But, this weekend my parents visited, and my mom is a good thrifting partner, AND a new Value Village just opened near my neighbourhood.  So mom and I went to check it out.  
The stock there wasn't great.  Perhaps they haven't yet had many community donations.  But we did buy a few things.  Mom got a sweater for dad and an audiobook on CD.  And I ended up buying fairly typical back-to-school fashions...Mary Janes & a plaid jacket!
 The Mary Janes are Josef Seibel, and have been hardly worn, it at all.
Whoever priced them probably didn't know the brand, since they were only $9.99.  Value Village often prices shoes like this for $19.99.

And I love the retro vibe of this plaid jacket from Christopher & Banks.  
Look at the buttons! It was a little more expensive at $12.99. I think it would look great with jeans or a dark skirt or whatever.  It is quite light, so I probably will wear it as a blouse.  Even though school starts tomorrow it will be too warm to wear it, so I'll have to bide my time for a few weeks.

September 02, 2013

Thrifty Fifty Cent addition to my '70s Rumpus Room

It didn't take long.  Here is my first thrift find in Edmonton, and it cost a whole fifty cents!
Cool vintage "made in England" cocktail sticks.  Here is a closer look:

When we were there on vacation two years ago, we loved the names and signs of all of the inns and pubs.

And now that we have a '70s era rumpus room complete with bar, they have a home!  As well as a bunch of other stuff from our old house that doesn't fit into our '50s era kitchen! Can you spot the sticks?
 Look closer on the bottom shelf...

There they are, next to the vintage cocktail tray!  When we viewed the house these shelves had a bunch of bowling trophies on them.  When we'e done a little work to it, (like furnish it), I'll show you the rest of the bar and rumpus room.