The lovely Renee from Eat Live Shop tagged me to participate in a “10 Things That Make Me Happy” challenge. But I’ve decided to twist it around a bit and post my favourite things about vintage (which inevitably leads to my happiness).
My Favourite Find
I’m happiest when I walk out of vintage and thrift stores with shoes, so it’s a toss-up between my Aigle riding boots that I got from a garage sale for $10 (best rain boots ever), my Brown’s combat boots I found at Goodwill (St. Clair) for $13 or my black (Jeffrey Campbell-ish) shoes I got at Value Village in Regina, SK.
My Favourite Vintage Moment
My boyfriend Wes and I are the ultimate garage-salers (if that’s a word). In the summer we bike to them each weekend and this past summer we hit the jackpot when we went to the Beaches. Among the many Buns of Steele videos (so weird – EVERYONE had them), I found some really cute shoes. I asked the seller how much they were but she had to go in the house to ask her mother who was the original owner. While she was gone Wes, the ultimate haggler, was pumping me up to make the ultimate deal. Ready to do my best bargaining, a lady at least eighty years old comes out, and says to me, “$1 each?” I completely melted, and paid this adorable woman who shared the same taste in shoes as me.
Least Favourite Vintage Moment
On the topic of garage sales… Wes and I were finished visiting an area and started to bike away when I realized I lost him. I pulled over to the side to wait and when he finally caught up to me he said I left my water bottle at one of the houses. The owner had called him over to retrieve it, shook his head and in his thick accent said, “STUPID GIRL”. Yes, how rude!
My Favourite Accessory
Belts! I have over 50 of them. I really don’t know how it happened… I will have to devote a blog post to them.
Favourite Designer Find
At Double Take I found an Aquascutum sweater for $3 and Wes found a Pringle of Scotland cardigan for $4.
Favourite place to shop for vintage
Garage sales! It’s more time-consuming but being able to meet the original owners and hear stories about their items is a great experience (aahh I want summer back!)
The Find that no one liked
I have a few. First are these great pants that are green with a subtle floral pattern and almost a brocade texture. They have the same style as harem pants so I was pretty excited about them. I wore them to work once and I got, “What are those? Pyjamas?” to “You look like a couch”.
Second are woven winklepicker shoes that I got from a garage sale. I loved them but I couldn’t figure out if they were mens or womens. I like masculine pieces so I didn’t really care, but everyone confirmed that they were mens and I sensed a disgusted tone in their voices. Also, my friend told me that she saw a homeless man wearing the same shoes and thought he had mugged me for them (she was actually genuinely concerned). However, I am happy to say that I just found them on a great Etsy shoe shop listed as women’s! ha!
My Favourite place to shop outside of TO
The Reuse Centre in Burlington. Wes’s family is from here so whenever we go back to visit we always hit up this magical place. The Reuse Centre is a huge warehouse where garage sale items go to die and it’s amazing! They don’t have a large selection of clothes but I always find something amazing when I go. Amongst my many finds my favourites are a vintage luggage hat case, and a fur collar that I used in one of my DIYs. The Reuse Centre carries everything from records, to doors, to luggage, books, furniture and have great prices. If you’re ever in the BDot area you have to go.
My Favourite Non-Fashion Find
Mirrors and my teapot lamp! I started collecting old mirrors in the summer and have accumulated about six of them so far. The Teapot Lamp is from Wes’s mother who wanted to give it away to one of her three children but no one wanted it (weird right?)! It’s probably the coolest thing I own.
My Favourite Vintage Buddy
Wes’s Mom! Marg finds the best deals. When we go garage saling we are both out of the vehicle before it stops running and can hunt for hours. Whenever I visit we always share our latest finds!
That’s it! Those are my favourite things about vintage. I would love to hear your stories and items you have found from visiting vintage and thrift stores, and garage sales! Tell me your vintage stories!