Sunday, March 27, 2011
In preparation for this fine day, here is my Spring Thrifting HitList (in progress and in no particular order ... yet):
Thrift & Consignment Stops
1. GoodWill - 150 Robertson Road, Nepean
2. Salvation Army Thrift Store - 1010 Belfast Road, 333 Montreal Road, 1322 Carling Avenue, 1490 Richmond Road, 310 Moodie Drive, 2339 Ogilve Road, 4025 Innes Road, 2659 Alta Vista, 22 Carling Street
3. Value Village - 1824 Bank Street, 1375 Clyde Avenue, 1221 Cyrville Road, 4220 Innes Road
4. Maycourt Bargain Box - 228 Laurier Ave East (I have yet to find this one!)
5. St. Vincent de Paul - 1273 Wellington Street
6. Bibles for Missions Thrift Store - 1545 Merivale Road
7. Comptoir St. Vincents - 56 rue Principale (Aylmer), 102 rue Eddy (Hull), 751 boul. Saint-Joseph (Hull), 30 rue St-Onge (Hull), 165 ave Gatineau, 1291 rue Saint-Louis
8. Nearly New Shop - 36 Rosemount Ave
9. Village des Valeurs - 361 Maloney Blvd W, Gatineau
10. Generations (Waterloo, New Hamburg) - Incredible spot ... hope to hit it up when I'm home visiting the fam.
1. Heather's Designers Consignments - 401 Richmond Road
2. The Cats Meow - 1 Hobin Road, Stittsville
3. La-Tee-Dah Consignment Boutique - 1541 Stittsville Main
4. Three Bags Full - 501 Hazeldean Road, Kanata
5. Confignment Shops - 2034 St. Joseph Blvd, Orleans
6. Nickety Knack - 1979 St. Joseph Blvd, Orleans
7. Snazzy Seconds Decor - 2449 St. Joseph Blvd, Orleans
8. Echoes of Times Past - 25 Tapiola Crescent
9. Consignment World - 1500 Bank Street
10. Total Home Consignment - 1860 Bank Street
11. Ottawa Neighbourhood Services - 250 City Centre Ave
12. Treasures Anew - 747 Richmond Road
1. The Ottawa Flea Market - 260 McArthur Road, Vanier Columbus Club
2. Bentley's Flea Market - 7 Cleopatra (Merivale and Huntclub)
3. Carp Road Flea Market - 2079 Carp Road, Stittsville
4. Antrim Flea Market - 3636 Highway 17, Constance Bay
5. Rideau Carleton Raceway Flea Market - Albion and Mitch Owens
6. Hoffman's Gore St. Flea Market - 147 Gore Street E, Perth
7. Smiths Falls Flea Market - 65 Cornelia St E
8. Lampliter Flea Market - 30 Victoria Ave, Smiths Falls
Garage Sales, etc.
1. Great Glebe Garage Sale - May 28, 2011
2. New Edinburgh Garage Sale - Mid September (was on the 18th in 2010)
3. Elgin Street/Golden Triangle Garage Sale (Minto Park, between Gilmour and Lewis) - mid June
4. Lansdowne Garage Sale - Mid to Late April
5. Hintonburg Garage Sale - usually every June
6. The Wild Wild Westboro Garage Sale - first weekend in June
7. Estate Sales (Kijijii) - TBD
7. Union Street Sales (Estate)
8. Other Garage Sales (Kijijii) - TBD
2. Craig's List
3. Used Ottawa
4. How Bazaar
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
In a recent Martha Stewart Living Newsletter, she brings us a piece entitled "Treasure Hunt". Here, Martha and her team share secrets on Shopping Flea Markets and yard sales, tips on how to organize your own yard sale, and how to transform your treasures into chic home accessories! All this is [of course] layered with the most important tip of all -- never leave your manners at home. This is a key element in the etiquette of negotiating.
I am certainly on the market for tips on how to incorporate amazing finds into existing/budding home decor, as I have successfully cluttered most rooms in the house. Now what?!
Martha, what can you teach me today ...
But clearly, if this were happening, she would also be blogumenting her journey here for fellow thrifters (heehee) to enjoy. Wouldn't she?
Yes, but clearly, this is not happening.
To be clear, it's the blogumentation that isn't happening. Case in point - refer to the date of my last entry. Meeeerow. Is taking too much time to smell the flowers a fair excuse? Probably not, but soooo enjoyable.
To be fair, what is happening are many a thrift travel and triumph. Never as many as I would like -- as there are simply too many fun activities and weekend getaways on Saturday mornings -- but some super exciting tales.
So, where are the posts? And when will I stop rambling about nonsense?
Good questions! ...
I'm awaiting inspiration. It's coming.
Friday, March 6, 2009
An Internet shopping guru friend of mine (heehee), and member of Sunday Shopping Church introduced me to this amazing site detailing Vintage Pyrex patterns. They are so beautiful that I had to share. Pyrex!!? Yes, I know. They not only stand the test of time ... but far surpass the Pyrex of today. Man have we become boring these days or what?!
The butter dish I bought last weekend at Bentley's Flea Market was the "bluebird" pattern -- how fun it is to be able to identify the historical significance or at least appreciate the historical beauty of these treasured finds.
Okay ... off to bed.
Sweet thrifting dreams to all.
What's in store for this weekend ... only time will tell.
Let the thrifting begin.
This initiative ... and Facebook group ... is being led by the Thrifty Chicks very own Shopping Golightly. This thrft diva is seeking out the recognition, ap-pre-ci-a-tion, and attention that non-profit thrift stores, vintage shops, consignment stores, flea markets, and garage sales alike deserve! It's all about the value and importance that these establishments serve in American (and Canadian) culture. Although the petition and backend efforts are focused on the US, we, as Canadians can build on this effort. Geez, any ideas? I've got my homework cut out for me.
I'm not a thrift fashion guru (yet) -- but I am THE number one fan of thrift stores for just about everything else. As I've ranted before, there are countless reasons why we cannot continue to mindlessly buy and discard. One of my goals is to do some research, reading, and collection of factoids on our consumption issues and overflowing landfills. Stay tuned. But just as important, is the fact that many of these stores donate a signifcant amount of their revenue to charity. VV for example, donates both on donations and purchases. Win-win.
I absolutely support and applaud recognizing December as National Thrift Store Month. Want to learn more? Intersted in supporting this movement ... join the Facebook petition!
What is your best thrift store find?? Oh goodness .... let me count the ways. ;)
Add something new to YOUR weekly schedule ... a trip to your local thrift store! It will add a new dimension to your life that can't be compared to anything else. Do it for green reasons, charitable reasons, frugal reasons, or kitchy reasons. Go with a goal. Start small. Shop for you. Shop for others. Determine your budget ahead of time. Make time for more than one round of the store -- some things don't jump out the first time.
Psssst .... Pass it on.