THRIFTED: Winnipeg, MB

There will no doubt be multiple THRIFTED posts from Winnipeg because there are just so many great treasures to be found in that fine, wintery city. Winnipeg is one of those cities that I’ve really fallen for in the comings and goings of the past few years. We’ve met some awesome people and have been able to experience so many different parts of the city, and cold and snow aside, it’s a really neat place, especially for music! We were there for last year’s Juno Fest, and got to take in a bunch of shows with bands like July Talk, Hollerado, Rah Rah, The Strumbellas, Royal Canoe, and Imaginary Cities. And when we were there this past fall, we got to see Sarah Slean perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. There’s always some sort of inspiring musical event to go to.

So anyway, this edition of Thrifted is actually a combination of two Salvation Army trips. The first trip was last summer, when we didn’t even play in Winnipeg, but ended up there for a few days at our friend Greg’s house. We stopped at Salvation Army on one of the days off and I found this AMAZING velvet skirt. Not only is it velvet, but it’s Holt Renfrew (from probably 15 years ago) and it fit perfectly! It’s one of my favourite dressy pieces because I can wear it with just about anything and it adds instant class to the outfit! I’ve definitely fallen for velvet this season…it’s so classy, and has just the right amount of texture.

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These books were a pleasant surprise. It was nice to find vintage copies of a few Jane Austin novels, and the other three just looked so pretty that I had to get them. And this plaid scarf has become one of my go-to accessories this winter. I love how warm it is without being to bulky, and the large plaid with a pop of red goes with almost everything I’ve been wearing. I do like my scarves. One can never have enough scarves.

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Holt Renfrew Skirt: $3

Books: 5 for $5

Scarf: $2

Well kids, that’s all for today. Next time on THRIFTED I’ll be sharing some awesome things I found at a very unexpected shop in a city that caught me by surprise.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season! Has anyone started making New Year’s Resolutions yet?

Cheers,
Lauren.

THRIFTED: Niverville, MB

Thrifting is in my blood. I grew up going to thrift stores, and despite a brief time during my adolescence when I found the idea “gross” and “totally uncool,” I’ve always loved hunting through a store to find one-of-a-kind gems and wicked deals. When we’re on tour, one of our favourite pastimes is stopping at tiny little thrift shops in the many small towns we go to. We don’t often have a very free schedule, but we manage to fit in quick trips to find treasures.

I’ve found everything from clothes to books to practical home items on these little thrift store trips, and I thought I’d chronicle some of my findings. It’s fun to be decorating the house or put an outfit together and remember where I found something. I guess it’s like a scrapbook for me, since I’m definitely not a scrapbooker. 😉

Anyways, here are a few findings from Niverville, MB. We played at Providence College on our last tour and drove back to Winnipeg after the show, but Zoltan forgot is coat at the college. So the next day, we drove back (45 min) to the college and stopped at the Niverville MCC Thrift Shop, and I’m glad we did!

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This jacket was one of my all-time greatest purchases. It was marked at $25, and I didn’t really want to pay that much, but it was sooo rockstar and it fit perfectly, so I brought it to the till, and for some reason the lady took 75% off, making it $6.25!

Leather Jacket – $6.25
Maxi dress – $3
Platform boots – $2

Note to all avid thrifters, do yourself a favour and visit the MCC Thrift Stores of Manitoba. It’s probably the best thrifting in the country!

What are some thrifting victories you’ve had? Please share!

Cheers,
Lauren.

In The Shop: Bows for Him and Her

The bow is a classic accessory, not just for pretty ladies, but also for handsome men. It has been adapted to take many forms, colours, and fabrics, and, thankfully, it has never gone out of style. I took a fresh take on this timeless classic with handknit hairclips and bowties and since I started making them and selling them at shows, they’ve definitely become one of my most popular creations!

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I have these listed in the shop with a selection of colours to choose from, but they can be made to order in any colour you’d like. And if you have a wedding or special event coming up, why not order them for your bridal party or as a party favour?

Here’s Zoltan sporting the Handsome Man Bowtie and looking rather sharp, if I do say so myself!

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And here’s a quick styling of the Pretty Lady Hairclip taken before our show in Edmonton the other night.

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Head over to the Cabin Knits Shop to order one, or a few!

Cheers,
Lauren.