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Contributed by: Tijana of A Plentiful Life and Salvation Army Thrift Store. 

Since I recently refreshed our front entryway I went through my accessory collection, I have quite a few vintage purses, but decided it was time for some of them to move on. Of course I love them all, but my style is constantly growing and changing. This fall I knew I wanted a handful of new purses to bring my wardrobe to life. I was extremely happy to find this brilliant red leather purse by Danier at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. I will be able to use this purse for fall and winter adding a pop of colour to any outfit.

This red leather purse was not an inexpensive thrift store find, but sometimes it’s worth the investment.  The purse looked great, had a nice shape, the added tassel was a huge selling point and the leather was in good condition. At home I looked online to see if Danier had a comparable purse, they did! A red Mayra shoulder bag and it retails for $187.00. Ok fair enough, I paid 10 percent of the retail price. When I broke it down that way I didn’t feel so bad about the slightly more expensive thrift store purchase.

 5 TIPS TO FIND A HIGH QUALITY PURSE AT THE THRIFT STORE

LOOK AT THE MATERIAL. You don’t want to purchase a bag or purchase that is not leather. I honestly don’t think it’s worth the investment. With leather you know you are getting a high quality material that will last.

TAKE A PEEK INSIDE. How does the lining look? You don’t want a purse that looks nice on the outside but when you open it up the lining is all ripped. Unless it’s an easy fix, leave the purse behind.

CHECK THE STRAP. What does the condition of the strap look like? Is it fraying or cracking or is the strap missing all together. Having a stylish purse is great, but if the condition of the strap is poor, it doesn’t feel so classy.

ARE THERE STAINS. Leather can still be stained from pens or oil. Inspect the outside to see if there are any visible or large stains. Same goes for the inside of the purse. If the inside is cloth some stains, like pen, are easily removed.

DOES IT CLOSE. This is the one I always forget! Does the clasp or magnet or closure for the style of purse close properly? Make sure the mechanism is not missing, I feel this can be a common one.

LET’S BREAKDOWN THE COST!

FUN FALL ACCESSORIES

Danier Red Leather Purse: $19.99 (Salvation Army Thrift Store), Steve Madden Leopard Print Booties: $8.00, Black Shirt: $6.99 (Salvation Army Thrift Store), Grey Pants: $19.99 (Winners)

TOTAL COST: $54.97

A fall outfit for under $60! Some new pieces mixed with old is the perfect match. I have already used this purse numerous times this fall and I definitely feel it will be a go to accessory! These leopard print booties have been with me for probably 5 seasons now and I still love them. 


 

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Contributed by: Autumn Hachey, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

I recently wrapped up a kitchen makeover for my friend Aleshia, and one of the spaces that got an update was her wooden kitchen server. One thing that you can always find at The Salvation Army Thrift Stire is brass candlesticks. Any time I see any, I scoop them up!

You can arrange them individually or in a grouping- and the variety of different heights and styles will make an interesting vignette. These particular candlesticks don’t match, but when they are grouped together they look interesting and eclectic. You can switch up the colour of your candlesticks for a different look- and a grouping like this could also work on a mantel or a dining table. Now, get collecting! 

 

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Contributed by: Tijana of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Let’s look back at where this entryway makeover started and how far it’s come. Our entryway has gone through quite the transformation over time. Can you believe the state of this area below? How did I let it get this bad? We had just moved in, all of our furniture was meant for a smaller place and we were using what we had in the meantime.

The first entryway makeover was inspired by an ottoman. I had seen an ottoman with tassels and thought what a great idea. I found this ottoman at The Salvation Army Thrift Store and decided to DIY something similar. This storage ottoman has worked great over the past couple years and definitely transformed our front entry. The problem with the storage ottoman is we started to throw everything in there we didn’t want to deal with, jumper cables, loose change, bike locks, sunglasses, you name it, and it was probably in the storage ottoman. A storage ottoman is worse than a junk drawer because it’s larger and everything get’s lost at the bottom. I finally had enough the other day when I was looking for my bike lock key and had to pull everything out of the ottoman. Then I really realized how much was being stored in there. Time to makeover the entryway once again.

Let’s start with the décor for this entryway makeover! I’m sure some entryways on Pinterest cost thousands of dollars!  The rug alone is probably that amount. We can’t all compete with beautiful pictures on Pinterest or designers on Instagram but we can definitely find something that is right for us but still looks great. For the entryway I needed a flat pile rug because our closet is right next to the door. I bought a rug and didn’t realize it was high pile, which meant we couldn’t open the closet door. This area rug is from Birch Lane! A rug that would bring a pop of colour to our entryway and was affordable. 


We can’t have an entryway makeover without a plant! Greenery by the front door is always nice! I am really turning into a plant lady as of late. They bring such a wonderful energy to a space. This fiddle leaf fig is happy he grew a new leaf! Fiddle leaf figs can be an expensive plant, but not this one! You won’t even guess where I found it! Loblaws City Market! They have a growing plant section at the store by our house. I happened to be there one day and noticed this fiddle leaf fig was only $20 which It seemed like a great deal.  The wicker basket I found at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store for only $2.99! It was in great shape and fit the plant pot perfectly. If you ever need wicker baskets the Salvation Army Thrift Store is a great place to find them on a budget.

Next I wanted to get a little side table as this seemed more functional for the space. Do you know how hard it is to find a small side table this height? It’s not easy. I ended up finding it for only $80 at my local Home Sense, it was definitely a lucky find. The best thing about the side table is the wood matches our dining room table which is right next to this space. I also really liked the smaller legs which allowed for more space at the entrance. If you have a small entryway I think a side table is a perfect way to help you stay organized and keep clutter away.

What’s a side table without décor? Of course I couldn’t leave the side table completely empty! I found this beautiful vase at Home Sense, they really have some great décor pieces! It’s a good thing I can’t shop Home Sense online or I would be in trouble. I decided to pair the oversized vase with some vintage books I found at The Salvation Army Thrift Store. These vintage books have been a décor staple in our home for many years. I always love reusing them in different ways. I also found this vintage silver vessel at The Salvation Army Thrift Store for $2.99. It’s the perfect piece to hold my palo santo because you never know when you are going to have a bad day and need a smudge when you come home.

Let’s look at the entryway makeover as a whole! This refresh idea started with the straw hats. I found these beautiful straw hats at The Salvation Army Thrift Store this summer for about $3 each and at that price, I needed to buy them all! They are difficult to store in the closet and I didn’t want to crush them. I figured hanging them was the next best option.

Let’s look at the cost of this space refresh because I think it’s good to breakdown the costs so you can see a realistic room refresh.

ENTRYWAY MAKEOVER: COST BREAKDOWN

3 Straw Hats: $9 (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Key Hook: Already owned

Side Table: $80 (Home Sense)

Area Rug: $49 (Birch Lane)

Fiddle Leaf Fig: $20

Wicker Basket: $3 (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Large Vase: $15 (Home Sense)

Vintage Books: Already owned (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Black Pouf: Already owned, simply moved from another room.

TOTAL: $176

If we take away the plant cost and the $30 I made from selling the ottoman than this entryway makeover came in at $126.

Although the entryway makeover has more décor now it actually feels more spacious because the space is being utilized more efficiently than before. The side table actually takes up less room than the ottoman did! I will share a few key tricks that helped me bring this space together as well as how to shop on a budget in another blog. If you are wanting to makeover a space in your home but worried you don’t have the budget perhaps look around at what you not longer need. There may be some items you could sell to fund your room refresh!

Is it bad that I already want to find some wool hats for winter to replace these straws hats? I think I have a problem! Good thing I don’t hold onto items and are happy to resell or donate to create a space I enjoy. The grain of the table looks really nice with our light coloured floors.

I am so excited for this Entryway Makeover on a Budget! Do you have any questions about the refresh? Any items you have difficulty finding or perhaps you are not sure how to get started? 

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Contributed by: Erin Rochon of Bluebird Upcycling, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Erin takes us on her recent thrift trip to our 1490 Richmond Road store in Ottawa to give us some tips on what to look for when shopping for home decor. 


Check it out for some great tips to get your home decor transformed!

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Video: 
THRIFT TIPS FOR A HOME DECOR TRANSFORMATION - YouTube
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Contributed by: Anna Lee, Vlogger and Salvation Army Thrfit Store Creative Expert.

This week I had a skincare launch party to attend to and so I thought I’d use this as a perfect excuse to get all dressed up. And the thing is, is that I had nothing to wear and did not have time to find that "perfect” dress and so I rummaged through my closet and ended up finding this little black dress. 

Now here’s the thing, LBD is your go-to last minute option when you have nothing to wear because;

1. It’s simple and clean.

2. Black is such a classic colour that can instantly make your look elegant and put together.

3. Everything goes well with black, so you really have no concerns.

And so I decided to pair my LBD with my red strappy heels, a black pleather jacket, and my silver purse that I thrifted at Salvation Army Thrift Store. I wanted to go for a simple clean look since I’m in the process of changing up my style. So I encourage you all to add some basic pieces into your wardrobe so that you can keep on re-using your clothing pieces! 

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Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Turning a secondhand find from drab to fab is super easy and low budget when you use Sharpies or paint pens. For example you can create your own one-of-a-kind design on all sorts of ceramic treasures you find at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. From bowls to plates to mugs the possibilities are endless. Why not refashion your own china collection!

Supplies:

  • thrifted ceramic find
  • oil-based Sharpies or paint pens
  •  pencil or stencil (optional)
  •  masking tape (optional)

First step is scoring your secondhand find. You can use a plate, mug or bowl for this DIY. Depending on your style feel free to use something plain or a piece with a pattern on it. Next wash your item. Some DIYs recommend wiping it with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or grease.

For the design you can either freestyle it or sketch out a design with a pencil. You can even use masking tape or a stencil if you prefer. Now you’re ready to start using either your oil-based Sharpie or paint pen. I would recommend adding the paint sparingly. It can get messy and it’s easy to smudge the paint. 

Allow to dry. Once dry you can bake your project in the oven to set the paint. Place your project in the over before it heats up and remove it once the over cools in order to avoid any cracks.

Bake your item at 350 degrees for 30 minutes then let cool completely. Once cool you’re restyled project is complete. 

Note: hand wash your items to ensure a long life for your design. Also do not use decorated plates for cooking or eating.


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When planning a Halloween outfit for next month, there’s nowhere better to look than what’s popular on TV and in film. 

Costumes for Groups

Why appeal to one guest when you can inspire a couple or a group of friends? What’s Sonny without Cher? Grab those vintage 70s outfits and play around. Or faux fur coats can be fun for friends like seen above.

Trending Now: Superhero Costumes

With the continued success of films such as Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War, Justice League and the Incredibles 2 coming out over the summer  kids AND adults are into superheroes!

Oldies but Goodies

New is cool, but retro and vintage is where the real fun is! It’s easy to recreate a look from a vintage starlet or classic 80s character.  Try for looks like Micheal J Fox in Teen Wolf (jersey, jeans and sneakers); John Cusack in Say Anything (trench coat, jeans, t-shirt and boom box) or a baby pink suit as Reese Witherson in Legally Blonde.


 

 

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Erin Rochon is a Interior Decorator, an avid upcycler, thrifter, and furniture refinishing artisan. She has passion for creating beautiful spaces by merging the world of upcycling and DIY together with Interior Design. With her eye for finding beauty in the unexpected, she can often be found hitting up her local thrift stores to find tired but unique furniture and décor.  Or at her studio painting furniture while listening to 90’s Hip Hop, running her business Bluebird Upcycled Style and  spending time with her husband and 2 teenage boys in Ottawa, Canada.

Erin worked for many years in Child Welfare and Community Development field, with the intention that this would be her life long career. Erin took the leap, became an Interior decorator and threw herself into the upcycling and design world.

Within a few years of starting Bluebird Upcycled Style, Erin has built a successful business and has become a creative force in Ottawa, inspiring others to upcycle and create through her workshops and classes. Often appearing on CTV Ottawa Morning Live and Daytime Ottawa, sharing current design trends with a twist, Erin loves incorporating upcycling and thrifting into designs trends, teaching viewers  through her vlogs and blogs. She was thrilled to be a guest blogger for Celebrity Interior Designer Amanda Forrest as her first blog . Erin has continues to blog about her passions; thrifting, Interior Design and painting furniture and has recently been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 Interior Design blogs. 

 

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Contributed by: Anna Lee, Vlogger and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert. 

With Fall just around the corner, it would only be fitting to share with you my wardrobe essentials for this fall season. Fall is definitely my favourite fashion season and today I’m happy to be sharing some of my favourite things that I’ve thrifted from The Salvation Army Thrift Store. I’ll be sharing everything from my basic staples to Fall trends that I’m currently obsessed with in my latest video

Blog Video: 
My Fall Wardrobe Essentials | What's On My Rack? - YouTube
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Contributed by: Anna Lee, Vlogger and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert. 

One of the best ways to spruce up an old thrifted item is to add a bit of a personal touch to it. I had this jacket for months now sitting in my closet with no wear out of this poor old thing so I decided to add some personality by painting it.  I sprang to action and decided to paint stars all over this jacket by using acrylic paint first and then coating it with a leather gloss finishing. And to my surprise it actually worked and it ended up being a success. So now I can actually wear this thing around the city and show off my “new” jacket. 

It’s always nice to spruce up an old thrifted item when you’ve lost love for it because once you change things up you get excited to re-wear the item again. So I encourage you guys to try this out for yourself and even find yourself a nice jacket at Salvation Army Thrift Store that you can customize! And if you would like to see the full tutorial of this DIY I created one here so that you can follow through with my steps. Remember to re-use and recycle folks, good luck!

 

Blog Video: 
DIY Vlog: Free People Inspired Star Printed Jacket - YouTube

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