Happy New Year, everyone! I had the privilege of spending Christmas in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, and home to my husband’s family. We had a wonderful time visiting with family, going for walks in the snow and, of course, thrift shopping.
The girls (my two sisters-in-law, my niece, her daughter and her daughter’s friend) spent an afternoon hitting 3 shops: the Goodwill (which we don’t have in BC), the Salvation Army, and the Value Village. Found some deals in each place.
The Goodwill was large, bright and well organized. Their pricing was standardized (which I like) meaning all sweaters were the same price, all t-shirts the same price, etc. – unless specifically tagged.
I found a Northern Reflections waffle hoodie ($5)
She also found some great things for her kids – Mia found this complete outfit for $12 and Austin got a nearly-new Burton ski suit for $14.99.
Right next door was the Salvation Army. We loved the way this shop was laid out: very boutique-like, with lovely displays and pot-lighting. Clothing was individually priced – a little higher than what you find in a Sally Ann in BC – but very good quality stuff. I tried a lot of things on but only came away with two sweaters – another Eddie Bauer sweater for me and another cotton sweater for John. They also did some cool, in-store advertising!
Down the road, we visited the familiar Value Village. We were a little shopped out by this time so didn’t spend a long time here but I did find a couple of CDs for Aaron and a Brazil soccer shirt for my sister.
My sister-in-law Kim found this fantastic, full-length suede coat with pile lining, only $40; perfect for the -22C weather we were having that day!
All in all, it was a good day shopping and we all found something we were looking for. Mostly, it was a great afternoon for me to spend with family, which I don’t get to do very often since we live so far apart. It’s always more fun to go thrift shopping with others, don’t you think?