Thrift Blitz Episode Three

by - January 19, 2015

Thrift Blitz - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

It has been three months since the last episode of Thrift Blitz.  Three months!  And I really haven't done three month worth of thrifting.  Interpret that as you like - it's good because it's kept money in my pockets - it's bad because thrifting brings me some weird kind of joy...not that I've been joyless without it...hmmmm, I'm rambling.

For my birthday, my mother-in-law gave me a gift certificate for Value Village.  She should get a prize!  She obviously knows what makes me tick!

I headed up to the roaring metropolis of Owen Sound for some much appreciated time among the racks, overflowed my cart and spent much too long in a little change room.  But that's how you make it count - trying on a million things that don't fit or that you don't completely love once you've got it on {like that blue sweater in the photo below} in order to find the few that do fit and you do love.  It's all worth it in the end - though the bored teenager might differ in his opinion of the whole thing...

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna RusnakBut first things first - to highlight a participant from Episode Two.  Last time I had a whopping two people share their great finds.  That's double what I had for Episode One!  I'd call that a victory!

My friend over at CrossRoad Farm found this thrifted beauty and it was ABSOLUTELY FREE.   She has great plans to bring it out of it's dated funk into some glorious new version of itself.  I have to admit, I'm quite jealous of the piece - just look at the interesting detail - I can't wait to see her finished product!  And if you have the time, wander around her blog for a while - she's quite funny in the way she shares her day to day life on her never-boring farm!

thrift blitz reader feature from crossroad farms

And now to my own finds...
Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

1. Little Black Housewife Dress {Value Village, $9.99}
Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

This is taking simple dressing to a whole new level.  It's basically a blouse that keeps on going right down to my knees and when I wear it I feel like a 1950's housewife because of the A-line shape of the skirt...all I'd need is an apron.

2.  O Holy Sweater {Value Village, $7.99}

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna RusnakFirst of all, this is so soft and the blue is so pretty.  I love it's homemade feel {though I'm pretty sure it's a Marks Work Warehouse special}.  Obviously it has to be worn with something underneath {I'm a 35-year-old mother of three for goodness sake!!} but I just happen to have a collection of camisoles that will make this sweater an appropriate addition to my wardrobe.

3. Three String Bling {Value Village, $2.99}

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna RusnakBecause it's nice to dress things up every once in a while.

4. Lacey 'In The Army' Blouse {Value Village, $4.99}

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

I really chose this one for the lace detail on the back...isn't it pretty?  I also like the length and drawstring waist {it didn't photograph well so you're not seeing the whole thing} - it's good for those lazier work days when you want to dress frumpy but don't want to look it.  Comfort in a lovely green package!

5. Vampire 'Bite Me' Boots {Value Village, $12.99}

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

If you know me even a little bit you should know my affinity for Anne Rice's Vampire Collection*.  I liked these boots on first glace but one look at their inner label 'Lestat' and I knew they were to be mine.  Unfamiliar?  Lestat is one of Anne's most enticing vampire creations, whom I revisit among her pages by rereading the series every couple of years.

6. I've Got The Whole World Bookend {Value Village, $2.99}

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak
I have a thing for globes.  I don't know what it is.  Perhaps I'm lamenting this new generation who depends on GPS to take them anywhere...

7. Just a Little Lady Seam Cardigan {Value Village, $7.99}

Thrift Blitze Episode Three - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

Yes, yes, we've established that I love cardigans** but I love this one for it's feminine seaming along the back that gives it a little more shape and a little more of a flattering fit.

Now it's your turn. What great finds have you made recently?  Share them in the comments, link up your post using the inlinkz tool below, or tweet it with the hashtag #ThriftBlitz {be sure to add @alannarusnak to your tweet to make sure I see it, or just use the button below}.

Happy thrifting!

I'm hoping my next Thrift Blitz will be a special 'FREE' edition in which I share great treasures I've found for free...perhaps even giving away some of my secrets for keeping your money in your pocket!  Stay tuned...

33% off all orders on*Anne Rice's books are not for the faint of heart or the easily offended - they are rich and dark and eloquent and fascinatingly powerful.  Read at your own risk and don't say I didn't warn you.

** My unapologetic love for 'The Cardigan' can be seen in both Thrift Blitz Episode One and Thrift Blitz Episode Two.

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  1. Love those boots! Plus the book ends!

  2. I love this Alanna and I try to read all your blogs. I also like at the bottom it says read more like this...and then it shows some of your other stories and I find myself rereading them and I love the pictures that accompany your stories!!!! You are the best!! xo


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