Friday Finds: Thrift Store Vintage

Every now and again I find amazing vintage at thrift stores…and not 80s or 90s vintage, but real vintage gold! I was at a small thrift shop about a month ago, not expecting to find much, but my eye caught something glittering among the h&m tunic dresses and beer box t-shirts. It was a gorgeous handmade shift dress…and would you believe it fit me perfectly?! I could not believe my luck! Whomever gave this frock away had no idea the joy it would bring one vintage loving pinup.

_DSC6576e (2)I was even more excited about the price I paid for this lovely dress… $3.50!! Can you believe it?! Goodwill colour codes their items and each week switches which colour is 50% off and it was just my luck that this one was on sale that day.

  _DSC6575eHow did I know it was vintage and handmade? First of all, it had a metal zipper, which is a big giveaway. It also did not have a label indicating is was probably handmade. And it had a lot of extra fabric on the inside, to allow for it to be let out if need be; this is something that stopped as mass production become more and more popular. You will never see this kind of extra fabric in clothing nowadays.

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Doesn’t it look like it was made for me? It is rare to find a vintage piece that fits so pristine.

I also found a little dress jacket at the vintage shop next to Rowena, called Decadence.And can we check out those amazing Bakelite bangles! Aren’t they divine?!

_DSC6584eIm sure this jacket had a matching dress back in its hay day. Now, its a nice, light, and lovely jacket to pair with an evening dress.

_DSC6581eI feel like a total catalog model in these shots! I love it! So cheesy. But hey, this jacket is just so cute! I paid $12 for this gem and can’t wait to find the perfect occasion to debut it.

_DSC6582eI have more Friday Finds in the works for you lovelies, so stay tuned!!

What was your best vintage dress find?

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Danger De Lux Re-Decorates

I live in a city that has really high rental rates, even in bad parts of the city. I totally lucked out 6 years ago and got a good apartment in one of the the best parts of town for a really good price. This apartment has seen me through a university degree, a personal training diploma, a horrible breakup, girl parties, good times, bad times, living alone, with others, a puppy and a kitty. I have a love-hate relationship with this apartment. Its too small, its old, and has some problems. That being said, I have no plans to move. So what is one to do? De-decorate!

Over the years my apartment has seen many transformations and now it is all finally coming together in a style I truly love. As I finish some other rooms, I will share them too! Today though, I am simply sharing a wall. A wall, which makes me happy every time I look at it now. A wall which has changed the whole mood of the apartment and has set the stage for things to come.

I also wanted to share this particular wall to let you know how affordable it was to re-decorate. All the pieces on the wall were thrifted and the paint cost $15, which makes me even prouder of my little wall.

mint wall 016While most of my apartment is outfitted in mid-century modern style, this wall has a very 1950s feminine style to it, which reflects one side of my personality and taste. Opposite of this wall is another, bigger wall which is covered in photos of Bettie Page, pinup girls, vintage ads, chalkware fish, etc. Having a sweet and simple wall contrast with a very busy wall, in a way that meshes pleases me.

Here is a break down of the cost to do this wall:

I found the beautiful gold mirror at a garage sale for $10!! You really just got to keep looking and you will find great pieces like this.

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The three crotchet pictures cost $11 all together. I found them at goodwill – it looked like someone had just cleared a bunch out because there were quite a few of them. I go to my local thrift stores quite often, which is what you need to do in order to find gems!

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The two golden floral hangings I found at Value Village. I looked them up and they are from the 60’s – a total score. They cost me $6.

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I got a one liter can of mint paint from the hardware store for $15

So in total, this project cost me: $42

I also purchased the phone/chair stand pictured a while back for probably $8-10 and reupholstered it with the leopard fabric, which I got at the bargain section of the fabric store.

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If you look hard enough and give yourself the time to hunt and be patient until you find the right pieces, you do not need to spend a ton to decorate.

My bedroom, because it is a much bigger space cost more, but still an appropriate amount relative to its size. I’m hoping to finish it up soon to share with you all as well.

What do you guys think?! I am so pleased with myself 😉

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