Tag Archives: shopping

The Thrift-Consumer Debate Revisited

A friend recently challenged me again on the whole thrift/consumer debate: does thrift shopping simply encourage consumerism? It’s an interesting conversation. The argument is that since you’re paying peanuts for an item, you buy it even if you’re never going … Continue reading

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Eco Fashion Week – good thing or fad?

Eco Fashion Week begins this coming Sunday in Vancouver. According to their website, its mission is: …to educate the Apparel and Textile industry on how to shift towards more healthy ways to design, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their products. … Continue reading

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It’s in the Genes

I’ve often shared how much I enjoy thrift shopping with my sister and my mom. I’ve also shared my son’s penchant for finding great deals at thrift shops. Well, my nieces are also thrift-minded and my youngest niece, Alivia, has … Continue reading

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Portland Pseudo-thrift

Last week I told you about our trip to Portland and promised that I’d share some more about “thrift” shops in that lovely city. A really helpful woman at the downtown info centre suggested two thrift shops: the Goodwill on … Continue reading

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Back to School – the Thrift Way

Do you remember being a kid and shopping for back-to-school stuff? I don’t know that I loved school per se: I love learning, I had favourite teachers and subjects and school is where I made some of my best friends. … Continue reading

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Practical Proms – Meet Mike Warkentin

Mike and his family live in Oyama, BC, part of the beautiful Okanagan. When Mike graduated from high school, he chose to purchase his suit at a thrift shop – shoes and tie too. I had a chance to have … Continue reading

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Adventures in Burnaby Thrifting – Part Two

Last week I found a fabulous, brand new thrift shop that impressed me so much I wanted to dedicate a blog to it. I think you’ll agree it’s a gem. The Journey Home Thrift Shop – 7337 Edmonds Street, Burnaby … Continue reading

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12 Days of Thrift-hearted Christmas: Day 3 – Fair Trade Gifts

One of the more recent “trends” in gift giving has been to focus on fair-trade items. Many will be familiar with fair-trade coffee (which makes a great gift) but the fair-trade movement goes well beyond that to include other food … Continue reading

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How Much is Too Much?

Last week I passed up a pristine Kate Spade purse at the Salvation Army in Victoria because it was $20. A fellow MCC Volunteer, who works in the boutique section at the MCC Abby East shop, said she almost jumped … Continue reading

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