Falling Off the Wagon

You know who is not wise as an owl? Me! I went on a thrift shopping bender last Saturday. It all started when I was on my way to a clothing donation bin to deliver two bags worth of earlier, ill-planned thrift shop benders. The bin near my house was no longer there, it’s location torn down to make way for condos. But since I was in the neighbourhood, I thought I’d stop by the Drake Fall Market. On the plus side, they had a free table, where I got a white t-shirt by Shared (some Luminato left over) and an old guitar string. But I ended up spending money on toe socks, cards and an antique piece of tin stamped “perfect.” I can sort of justify the tin and the card as I will use them in the propping and promotion of my new Etsy shop.

Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there.I still had two bags full of clothes and shoes to donate, so I hopped on the streetcar and headed out to the Value Village at Queen & Carlaw.I found a cool, camel coloured wool shawl, An embroidered faux Mexican dress for next summer, the owl stitchery pictured above, a pair of crazy silk “Hammer” pants, and an H.Stern pewter charm. I probably paid too much for the dress and pants, but the pendant was only 99 cents.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. On my way home, I stopped by the best garage sale EVER! It was actually in a neighbours’s garage. There was amazingly cared for, early ’90s designer clothing — Helmut Lang, Prada, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Sonia Rykiel and more — at super amazing prices. And there tons of gorgeous art books and auction catalogues. Luckily for my exhausted budget, I could not fit into anything. I did, however, buy a pair of vintage wire glove stretchers (again, for display purposes for the Gracious, Good Etsy Shop) and a little surprise something that I’ll share with y’all on Wednesday.