Category Archives: clothing

Big Score, Little Shops – Thrifting in Ontario

I recently visited the nation’s capital, Ottawa, for a very special purpose: to remember my mother-in-law, Vivian Dawson, who passed away in February. I won the lottery when it comes to in-laws: James and Vivian were the best second set … Continue reading

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Arizona Thrift

We had the privilege of helping my mom cross off a bucket-list item: a visit to the Grand Canyon. My sister, hubby and I really got the biggest benefit because mom paid for nearly all of it. (How’s that for … Continue reading

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A Win-Win in Victoria

The Women in Need (Win) Cooperative in Victoria is a wonderful non-profit organization that supports women “along their journey through crisis, financial self-sufficiency and wellness.” They operate a number of programs and all of their work is supported by donations … Continue reading

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Friends, Fashion and Fun!

Fronya’s Thrift Boutique Store in Mission BC is a social enterprise project of the Women’s Resources Society of the Fraser Valley. The store provides a training ground for women looking for work in the retail industry and proceeds from the … Continue reading

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Vacation Thrifting in Oliver BC

One of the things I love to do on vacation is thrift shop. It’s just fun to see what other communities support in terms of charities and what people donate. One of the unique opportunities I’ve had is to revisit … Continue reading

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Gravity is Costing Me Money

This is probably a post that most men will not want to read and I totally understand if you leave this post right now and look for something more stereotypically sports related.  I absolve you of any guilt you may … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – what have we learned?

When you treat workers as cheap labor it’s difficult to care for them. The long term solution to this is simply responsible entrepreneurship – Nazma Akhter, president of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (Union of Garment Workers Association) A year … Continue reading

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The Last Bits

The last thrift shop that my sister and I visited on our Vancouver trip a few weeks ago was the Salvation Army on 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. This is an old favourite of ours – it’s fun to shop in … Continue reading

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Roll Up Your Sleeves – the VAC Thrift Store

This is me and my sister. She is by far my favourite thrift buddy. We have the same instincts for stuff, know when we’ve had enough, know when there’s one more shop we can see. We hit four thrift shops … Continue reading

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Olympic Merch – Patience is Key

You’ve heard of the Slow Food movement – the idea that you spend time preparing food from scratch as opposed to the chemical/fat/sugar laden fast food – right? Well I think thrift shopping could be called Slow Shopping. It’s inherently … Continue reading

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