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‘Laurel & Hardy’ featuring Pioneer Thrift in Seattle

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I had 10 minutes to kill on my lunch break and I just had this feeling, like one might get right before pulling the handle of a slot machine in old Vegas and then winning $500. You can’t resist that feeling, because you know good things lie ahead. So I stopped in my fav little thrift shop in Pioneer Square. I browsed no more than 2 racks before finding this gem of a sweater! I didn’t even try it on. I just snatched it from the rack and went straight to the cash register. I used to watch Laurel and Hardy as a kid. You can’t beat good clean humor in black and white. And you sure as hell can’t beat a vintage sweater with carpeted applique.

The Specs

  • Vintage Laurel & Hardy sweater- Pioneer Thrift in Pioneer Square, Seattle
  • 70’s collared shirt- yard sale somewhere along the road in Eastern Washington
  • Top Shop jeans- Goodwill in Lynnwood, WA

Featured Thrift Shop

This is the second time I’ve featured Pioneer Thrift, and it won’t be the last. Pioneer Thrift is located in Pioneer Square, Seattle. They’ve got a really great selection of clothing and at good prices. All proceeds benefit Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) who provide shelter to over 7,000 homeless men and women annually. They are a vital part of helping the most vulnerable members of our community so you can feel good about spending your money on some new-to-you finds. Pro Tip: Pioneer Thrift does not have a dressing room, so if your shopping for clothes be sure to wear something you can try clothing on over/under.

Photos by Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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‘Party Dress’ featuring Bon Voyage Vintage in Seattle

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Here I am a year ago. It was my 30th Birthday. (Oh how I wish I had full body shot of that fab dress I wore!) Today marks 31 for me. Personally, the past year of my life was really quite amazing and I feel very, very blessed/lucky/brave. It was off to a great start with a super fun Golden Karaoke 30th Birthday Bash. Below are further highlights (not in chronological order nor order of importance).

  • I started this blog.
  • I thrifted, a lot.
  • I performed on stage for the first time in 12 years (formally in The Vagina Monologues and less formally in a work talent show performing the Phantom of Opera Lip Sync/Dance Choreography with my co-worker.)
  • I spent my first Christmas in Montana, snow and all.
  • I completed the Eurotrip I had been planning for 2 years, traveling to Iceland, Amsterdam and Germany. Amazing!
  • I completed 6 out of 7 seasons of 30 Rock. OMG, I LOVE THAT SHOW! I’m starting season 7 right now!
  • I traveled to Tennessee for a family reunion. There were over 50 of us there and many of us were involved in the Fleming Family Musical Jamboree that my Uncle organized.  SO much fun!
  • I got a promotion at work.
  • I completed physical therapy for my recurring back issue and actually have kept up with my exercises pretty regularly. (Health and fitness is important, friends.)
  • I celebrated many milestones of friends and family including the birth of my adorable God son and my brother’s successful Kickstarter campaign! So proud <3
  • And (BEST for last) I got engaged to the most amazing person in the whole wide world <3

31 has some big shoes to fill.


The Specs

  • 80’s Party Dress-  Bon Voyage Vintage in Pioneer Square, Seattle
  • Gaudy Gold Necklace-  University Temple Thrift Store U-District Seattle

Featured Thrift Shop

I love that I work in the same neighborhood as Bon Voyage Vintage!  I try to stop in every month or so to scope out the rad new inventory. They truly have a great selection for both guys and gals, fair prices (for a vintage shop downtown), and the shop owner is super sweet!

Photos by Nate Watters www.natewatters.com (via a remote-powered PhotoBooth he set up for my par-tay!)

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Thrifting in Amsterdam featuring the Kilo Shop

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This is post 7 of 19 that features something orange! It started with Orange is the New Black***and has just taken off from there. Orange is my jam (or marmalade rather). The heart wants what it wants I suppose.

 The Specs

  • 1960s Velvet Dress Jacket-  Kilo Shop in Waterlooplein, Amsterdam
  • ‘E.B. Smith’ Tights (not thrifted but truly the BEST tights on the market so totally worth buying new)- The Sock Monster, Seattle
  • Dr. Marten boots- A gift from my BFF Katie (I had a pair that I wore for many years in my youth and somehow I lost them. Knowing this, Katie surprised me with a new pair <3)

Featured Thrift Shop

Amsterdam is a fabulous place for just about everything, especially thrifting; and even more especially, vintage thrifting! The Kilo Shop is just one of many vintage shops to explore. Everything here is priced by weight in kilograms (oh European metrics!) and is relatively inexpensive for the top quality of the goods. I spent about an hour in the Kilo Shop until my man finally said, ‘okay, can we go now?!’ Although, they had a decent men’s selection so that kept him occupied a while. Oh how I wish I was back in Holland now, riding bikes, eating freshly baked stroopwafle, picnicking at Vondelpark and people watching along the canals.

Photos by Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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***Speaking of Orange is the New Black, did ya’ll hear that Uzo Aduba won a 2nd Emmy for her role as Suzanne Warren aka ‘Crazy Eyes’. If you didn’t catch her acceptance speech check it out. Also, here’s a really great article about the OITNB from Rolling Stone which gives an inside look at the personal stories of the incredible actresses who make the show what it is.

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For the Love of Handmade

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When perusing thrift store (or yard sale) racks, I consider myself extra lucky when I come across something that is vintage and handmade***. The thought of wearing a piece of someone’s handy work from generation’s past is just really….awesome. It makes me nostalgic for a time in which I never even lived yet in wearing the garment I somehow feel connected to the past and long for those simpler times in my own present life.

This Labor Day weekend, I spent time doing my own handy craft. I really don’t make time for this often enough in my adulthood. In my teens I would sew my prom dresses and make funky tote bags and pillow cases. I would ‘Mod Podge’ my Doc Marten boots and paint my high heels different colors. I would envision something and then put that vision to action with my very own hands. No smartphones or computers necessary.

So, this past weekend was highly therapeutic for me. The first day we made plum jam and canned it. (It was my first time canning, and it really wasn’t hard to do.) The next day I experimented with staining recycled glass (in preparation for my wedding). The next day I dyed several pieces of clothing using the Rit dye stove top method. (I created my own colors by mixing various shades. Both the orange and the turquoise turned out so beautifully. It’s like I have new clothes!) It was one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in a long time!  And I went to bed each night feeling so accomplished! This, I need more of. I think we all do.

 The Specs

*** If you haven’t seen the ‘Pattern Behavior’ Tumblr yet, do yourself a solid and check it out right NOW!

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‘Fall Workwear’ featuring Assistance League of Seattle Thrift Shop

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Fall is in the air. I can feel it in my bones. While I know Summer is technically still around for a bit longer, I’m ready. Bring on the cold crisp air, the costume parties, and the gray days which are perfect for reading a favorite novel. Each year the autumn air marks a new beginning for me.  I’m turning 31 next month and ya know, this outfit looks like something a 31 year-old would wear, or at least what my idea of a 31 year-old would have been when I was 17. It’s weird because I never thought of myself looking like someone in their 30’s but here I am and I have to admit that I’m more than okay with it.

 The Specs

  • Striped ‘Beppa’ Duster- The Assistance League Thrift Shop in Wallingford Neighborhood of Seattle
  • Black Leggings- Goodwill, Burien, WA
  • Sunglasses- Goodwill, Lynwood, WA

Featured Thrift Shop

The Assistance League Thrift Shop in Wallingford is one of my favorites! I was lucky to work just a few doors down from there about 4 years ago and quickly discovered the need to scan their racks every few weeks. The shop is run entirely by volunteers to ensure that all proceeds support their philanthropic programs which provide scholarships and other educational support to low-income students. So thrift, and support this great cause!

Photos by the amazing Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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‘Rainbow Bright’ featuring The Red Hat in Longview, WA

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This photo was taken over 2 years ago. Our front door hadn’t been painted red yet and I was still a bit camera shy. I was feeling awkward about posing. Not sure what to do with my hands, feet, face, etc. I had this wig laying around and decided that if I created a character for myself to play I would feel much more comfortable with a big camera in front of me. I named this character ‘Vee’ and well, I guess it stuck.

 The Specs

  • Rainbow Knit Shirt- Stop N’ Shop (West Seattle Senior Center Thrift Store)
  • Vintage Orange Handbag- The Red Hat Longview, WA
  • Turquoise Leggings-  Ballard Goodwill, Seattle
  • Blonde Wig- (new) Goodwill Renton, WA

Featured Thrift Store

I love The Red Hat! I started shopping here in high school and 14 years later they are still going strong. Whenever I’m passing through Longview I try to stop in. It’s a highly organized and clean thrift store with really great stuff for your closet and your home. Best of all, it’s run entirely by volunteers so that all proceeds go directly to support Emergency Support Shelter & Parents Place in Longview. When I was a mental health case manager in Longview I would often refer clients to Parents Place where they could attend parenting classes and support groups and receive other resources to help them be a better parent. I love knowing that I’m supporting these services when shopping at The Red Hat!

Photo by the amazing Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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‘Choices’ Featuring Lifelong Aids Alliance Thrift Store in Seattle

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Sometimes making even the smallest decisions are extremely hard for me. What should I wear today? Should I order the Kale and ‘Blah Blah Blah’ Enchiladas or the greasy and delicious Fried Pork Tacos? Shall I watch another stupid episode of Girls or actually go to bed on time so I’m not running around like a crazy lady in the morning? Oh, adulthood. Seriously though, at the age of 30 a woman has a lot of important choices to make.  Do I challenge the status quo in the decision-making at work, or just keep my damn mouth shut? Should we buy a house or be free spirited renters? Do I want to be a mother? If so, when? Then there are those day-to-day choices in how we live our lives and practice our values in contributing to the greater good.

I firmly believe that even the little decisions we make can, over time, make a big difference; like thrifting. Shopping at thrift stores that are connected to non-profits is an easy way to invest in our communities. If I’m going to spend money to support my fashion addiction, why not also support the Organizations who are working tirelessly to make the world a better place? Call me a hopeful do-gooder, but if we all just shifted some of our spending habits from large corporations and invested in the smaller, the local, the sustainable (like our local thrift shops) we might just start to make an impact.  It doesn’t hurt to try, now does it?

So, Thrift. Try not to stress too, too much about your future. Enjoy life and have some freaking fun already!

 The Specs

United Colors of Benetton Wool Orange Jumper- Lifelong Aids Alliance Thrift Store
Turquoise Leggings- Ballard Goodwill, Seattle
Frye Boots- Buffalo Exchange in Ballard, Seattle

Featured Thrift Shop

This might just be my favorite thrift store in Seattle! And I’m not the only one that thinks so- Lifelong Thrift Store was recently voted the Best Seattle Thrift Store by the Seattle Weekly ‘Best of Seattle’ reader’s poll!

And that’s not all the excitement: On July 7th they celebrated their grand opening in their beautiful new location on Broadway (where the Red Light used to be. R.I.P.) which has TWO FLOORS of great second-hand finds.

This amazing thrift store supports the amazing work of Lifelong Aid’s Alliance, who provides food, housing, and health services to people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV and AIDS.

Go shop now and support this great mission!

Original post on thriftingwithvee.com

‘Short Dress, Short Boots’ featuring the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall in Seattle

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It’s still Summer ya’ll and I’m showin’ off dem legs! This is one of my very favorite dresses. The detailing of the layered material mixed with the lovely white collar and sleeves make it an extra special thrifted find. The cute little boots, which were brown, I actually spray-painted bronze for an ensemble I wore on my 30th birthday. They turned out pretty good and are super fun to wear with most anything.

Also featured this week is my very favorite four-legged gal pal, Maddie. Seriously, I love her so much and I can’t believe how much happiness she adds to my life. We adopted Maddie in January of 2014. She was 2 years old and had been found wandering the streets of Elko, Nevada before being taken in by Animal Control to soon be euthanized (apparently Nevada is a high-kill State meaning they have so many dogs in shelters that they are quick to put them under). Luckily, the amazing folks at Angel Paws Pet Rescue paid to have Maddie, along with 15 other dogs, flown to Seattle to be adopted by loving families. If you are in the Seattle area and are looking for a dog, please check out Angel Paws! 

The Specs/Featured Thrift Store

The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall is a must-see for anyone living in or visiting Seattle. On any given weekend, there are about 6 cute-as-a-button trailers full of vintage clothing and other treasures at pretty decent prices. There’s one trailer full of rad vintage dining and kitchenware (Pyrex heaven!) that I just adore. The Georgetown neighborhood has tons of other great places to explore too, so make an afternoon of it!

Photos by the amazing Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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‘Wildflower Pant Suit’ featuring the Antique Mall of West Seattle

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If this outfit had a theme song it would be Wildflowers by Tom Petty. Okay, that may be too obvious. But actually, if my life had a theme song right now this would be it.  Give it a listen if you aren’t familiar. Such a great song <3

 The Specs/Featured Thrift Shop

Who doesn’t love a good vintage pant suit?!  Me, apparently. And Carol Brady!  I purchased this handsome little number from the one and only Antique Mall of West Seattle. Here you can find anything from housewares, to toys and other vintage collectibles, to an assortment of vintage clothes from many eras.  Next time you’re in West Seattle, check it out. (The clothing section is on the upper floor) And don’t forget about the West Seattle Senior Center Thrift Store just a few doors down. Happy thrifting!

Photos by the amazing Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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‘Summer Pant Suit’ featuring Crossroads & a little love story

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Here’s a thrifting tip for you: when your closet is so full that you can barely squeeze another hanger on the rack, it’s time to do some trading in. I come across this problem at least twice a year and this means a bi-annual visit to either Crossroads Trading or Buffalo Exchange. They can be a bit choosy for what they will buy or trade from you so I recommend looking on their website where they list the current items they are looking for. I actually made over $90 in cash once from selling trendy hipster clothes which I had found at Goodwill Outlet for dirt cheap and then re-sold to both Crossroads and Buffalo Exchange. Success! The 'Summer Pant Suit' above I got for trading in some of my old clothes at Crossroads Trading Capitol Hill, Seattle. What a great way to recycle!

Say WHAT?!

So, this is the outfit I was wearing when I thought I was participating in a photo shoot for this blog but it was really just a ploy for the most sweetest marriage proposal ever. I was totally surprised (and a little shocked). I still can’t believe I didn’t see it coming; after 7 years with someone you tend to know their every move. (Well played, Nate Watters.)  I’m so very happy to say that I will be marrying my most favorite person in this whole wide world next Summer. I am one lucky lady! And he’s one lucky dude :) Lucky we found each other!!! (awwwwwww)

Photos by the most amazing Nate Watters <3 www.natewatters.com

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Polka Dots & Stripes Forever

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Normally I’d attempt to write something more thoughtful or profound but the last week and a half has been a whirlwind. Here’s a short summary. 1. Road trip to Montana!! 2. My partner, Nathan, and I got engaged!! He totally surprised me and it was just the sweetest most beautiful thing ever.** 2. I interviewed for a new job which would be a promotion and an all-around awesome opportunity. I should know any minute if I got the job and the wait is sort of driving me crazy. 3.  Nathan and his friend rode their bike from Seattle to Portland. My friend and I were the ‘support car’ meeting them half way in Centralia and then again at the finish line in Portland the next day. It was super fun and sort of exhausting (mostly exhausting for the daring bike riders!) Due to all these things I’ve been momentarily pre-occupied. The outfit featured this week was originally posted on Have You Nerd. Let’s just call it an oldie but a goodie.

 The Specs

  • Orange and White Polka Dot Pleated Skirt- Value Village, Vancouver, WA
  • Black and White Striped Blazer- Ballard Goodwill, Seattle, WA
  • Blonde Wig- (new) Goodwill Renton, WA

**Stay tuned next week for what will forever be known as “the engagement outfit”.

Photo by the amazing Nate Watters.

Originally posted on www.thriftingwithvee.com

‘Summer Workwear’ featuring Longview Goodwill

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Dresses with pockets pretty much win every time. What more is there to say, really? Except that it’s been so hot in Seattle and dresses/skirts are really the only thing workin’ for me lately**

 The Specs

Featured Thrift Shop

Next time you’re driving along Interstate 5 between Seattle and Portland and are looking for a good thrift-stop along the way I recommend exiting the freeway at Longview, Washington. The historic downtown area on Commerce avenue is full of thrift stores ranging from straight up junk stores to higher end antiques and everything in between. The Longview Goodwill is located on 14th avenue just a few blocks from ‘thrift row’. Whenever I’m in town visiting my parents (who live in the next small town south) I MUST stop at the ‘g-dub’.*** I don’t know what it is about this particular Goodwill but I have found so many great things here over the years. Like all other Goodwills, they have much more than clothing. And like many other Goodwills, they get a lot of the leftover stuff from Target that apparently didn’t sell; the dress I’m wearing above still had the Target tags when I bought it. I feel great about shopping at Goodwill because the money goes directly to support low-income people in gaining employment through job placement, career training and educational services.

**If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I was wearing this dress in the photo I posted with me and the Mayor of Seattle. Proof that I actually did wear it to work!

***I also usually stop at Country Folks Deli for lunch. They have GREAT sandwiches and THE BEST chocolate milk.

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Summer Accessories featuring Pioneer Thrift

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I’m a firm believer in accessories: jewelry, scarves, hats, bags, glasses, heck- even a wig has a use at times. Accessories can totally make the outfit.  Lately, I’ve found myself most obsessed with pretty little things. Mostly because little things take up less space (lord knows my closet is jammed to the max) and there’s something very satisfying with finding a small and unique treasure in the mix of a thrift store that is often over-saturated with shear ‘stuff’.

The Specs

  • Coach Bag- Pioneer Thrift, Seattle
  • Doone & Burke Wallet- West Seattle Senior Center Thrift Store, Seattle
  • Vintage ‘France & Hammer’ Necklace**- Pioneer Thrift, Seattle
  • Watch- Lake City Value Village, Seattle
  • Green Polka Dot Neck Scarf- Pioneer Thrift, Seattle
  • Gumball Pin- Pioneer Thrift, Seattle
  • Ultra Hip Sun Shades- Fremont Sunday Flea Market, Seattle
  • Blonde Wig- (new in package) Dearborn Goodwill, Seattle

Featured Thrift Shop

Pioneer Thrift is located in Pioneer Square, Seattle. My work is close enough so I can power walk on my lunch break and have enough time for a quick browse. I ALWAYS find something here (many more posts to come, I’m sure). Pioneer Thrift has really great prices and all proceeds benefit Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) who provides shelter to over 7,000 homeless men and women annually. They are an integral part of helping the most vulnerable members of our community so you can feel good about spending your money on some new-to-you finds. Pro Tip: Pioneer Thrift does not have a dressing room, so if your shopping for clothes be sure to wear something you can try clothing on over/under.

**I traveled to France in the Spring 2012. It was everything I had imagined and I sooooo want to go back there just as soon as I’ve got some new places out of the way. In Paris there was a super rad thrift shop I visited and I wrote a blog post about it for Have You Nerd shortly after. You can check that out here if you’re so inclined! 

Original post on www.thriftingwithvee.com

‘Mixed Media’ featuring Carlo’s One Night Stand in Missoula, MT

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I’m all about mixing different types of patterns, prints, eras, you name it. This is one of the more conservative of my mixed configurations; a co-worker of mine once told me that I dress like her 5 year old. I took it as a compliment, really.

The Specs

  • 1970’s Long Sleeve Hawaiian Shirt- Carlo’s One Night Stand in Missoula, MT
  • Striped Sailor Shorts- Buffalo Exchange in University District of Seattle, WA
  • Ice Blue Shades- Free Giveaway at 2013 Bumbershoot Music Festival Seattle, WA
  • Classic Slip On Vans- Also Free! (Or rather, a high school graduation gift. I’ve been sporting these kicks since 2003!)

Featured Thrift Shop

In just a few weeks me, my man, and our dog will be heading east for our 4th annual ‘Great American Road Trip to Montana’. Oh how I love the open road and the ever changing landscape. Our final destination is Red Lodge, a cute little resort town along the highway to Yellowstone National Park. On the way there, we stop in Missoula for a night or two to visit friends and family. I’ve grown to love Missoula. Every year we visit I discover more reasons to consider settling down there some day. Reason #17: Missoula has great thrift stores! One of my favorites is Carlo’s One Night Stand. Besides having a great name, Carlo’s is jam packed with a wide variety of fun vintage fashions for ladies and dudes alike. For a vintage store their prices are totally reasonable. Every time I stop in I leave with at least an item or two, along with deep regret for not having bought that rad 60’s dress I reluctantly put back on the rack.  So, go check it out. And fall in love with Missoula while you’re at it.

Photos by the amazing Nate Watters www.natewatters.com

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Orange is the new black

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In honor of OITNB kicking off another season (just 1 week from today at midnight!!! OMG I can’t wait!!!!!) and in light of a major ‘heat wave’ set to come through Seattle this weekend (also can’t wait!), I give you the vintage orange two-piece summer suit. So here’s the deal, I actually do wear a lot of orange. I always have. I’d estimate that 22-24% of my wardrobe is dedicated to the color. It may even be accurate to say that I probably do wear more orange than I do black. What can I say, the color makes me very happy.

Featured Thrift Shop

I found this gem at the Fremont Vintage Mall in the Fremont Neighborhood of Seattle last winter. The Fremont Vintage Mall is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. It’s two floors of fabulous vintage finds including clothes, furniture, housewares, records, toys, and so many other treasures from the 1950’s-1990’s. Even if you’re not into buying vintage, consider it a museum with free admission and check it out!

p.s. That’s my dog in the photo up there. She was in the middle of a rousing game of fetch during this little photo sesh. I love my dog so much. If you followed me on Instagram you would know this by now. #virginiafrances p.p.s. Obviously, it would be silly to wear full blown polyester in an actual heat wave, but for an average June day in Seattle this would serve as the perfect base layer. Just kidding. You people outside of the Pacific NW need to know that Seattle is THE BEST in the Summertime! Come visit and see for yourself.

Photos by the amazing Nate Watters

Original post on www.thriftingwithvee.com

‘Typical Spring Work Day’ featuring The Wildlife Thrift Store Vancouver, B.C.

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Thirteen months ago, I started a real ‘big girl’ job. I work in a tall building, I ride two sets of elevators up to my floor with men nearly twice my age wearing well-ironed slacks and neckties. At first I wasn’t sure if I could hang. I was weary of what I might have to give up to fit in. My first few weeks I dressed the part. I spent way too much time thinking about what to wear to work each day and what it would ‘say’ about me. “Do I look old enough to be qualified for this job?” “Do I look smart?” “Respectable?” “Do I look good without looking too good that someone my question the ability of my brain?” “Wait, do I even look like Virginia right now?” etc. etc. These are the thoughts you internalize as a thirty year old woman who is damn smart and damn qualified but fully aware of being overlooked as a female. All that is to say that 13 months later, all is well. Great, in fact**. I work with some amazing (and fashionable) people who make me feel right at home. I do fit in. I am respected and listened to. And I can totally be myself, a more professional ‘adult’ version of myself, but hey that’s part of growing up :)

 The Specs

  • A-line Striped Sweater- Wildlife Thrift Store, Downtown Vancouver B.C.
  • American Apparel Long Black Tee- Goodwill, Northwest Portland
  • Dark Denim Jeans- Ballard Goodwill, Seattle
  • ‘Warrior’ Necklace- Dearborn Goodwill, Seattle

Featured Thrift Shop

If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, B.C. and will be downtown, I highly recommend stopping by The Wildlife Thrift Store. The place is huge and is full of thrifty finds for everyone. They are a tad pricey but you can still find good bargains. The place was pretty well-organized, had two large dressing rooms with full length mirrors, and you can easily find a mix of modern fashion as well as fun vintage finds. The guy at the counter was super nice (isn’t every Canadian?!) and even threw in a free CD with my purchase (Robyn’s*** debut album from 1997). Proceeds support Coast Mental Health, Vancouver Rape Relief, Positive Living Society of British Columbia, and Gathering Place Community Centre so you can feel good about spending a few extra dollars here. Of course, the U.S. exchange rate as I’m writing this is 1 U.S. dollar to $1.25 Canadian, so hurry up and shop, eh!

** Except yesterday when I introduced myself to some guy I never met before and he said “Oh, you must be the intern?!”

***This is the second post in a row I mentioned Robyn <3

Photo by the amazing Nate Watters

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‘Tie Tuesday’ featuring 5th Avenue Boutique in Seattle

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A few months ago two of my co-workers and I started ‘Tie Tuesday’ at work. Ties are just a great accessory, aren’t they?! And I’m totally a fan of gender bending! This Tuesday trend is growing in popularity on the 56th floor (our boss even participated a few weeks ago). Here is one outfit inspired by this.

The Specs

  • Yellow ‘Smarty Pants’ Tie- Goodwill Outlet near University of Memphis, TN
  • Vintage Sci-fi paperbacks- Goodwill Outlet, Seattle
  • Taupe ‘Business Smock’- Dearborn Goodwill, Seattle
  • Target brand Green Tights- Goodwill, Longview WA
  • Vintage Italian Blue Suede Buckle Loafers- 5th Avenue Boutique Seattle

Featured Thrift Shop

I work downtown Seattle. On my lunch break I go on power walks (usually to the beat of Robyn or Beyoncé) and I window shop** along the way. One of the places downtown I do actually stop to browse the racks is 5th Avenue Boutique located in the basement of the YWCA.  I stop in about twice a month and let me assure you, every time I go in I find so many beautiful items that I end up having to put half of them back just to ensure I have lunch money for the week. This place is super clean, very well organized and features higher end women’s fashion aimed for professional work dress and an occasional night on the town. While a bit pricier then other second-hand clothing stores you’ll likely find this season’s latest J Crew trends for less than half the price. The best part about shopping here is that proceeds support the YWCA’s clothing services programs, including Dress for Success Seattle and Working Wardrobe two programs that support low-income and homeless women in Seattle. Women supporting women, hell to the yes!

**Side note: Luly Yang is one of my fav display of windows to walk by. I once broke the window shopping barrier and walked inside to try on a dress I’d been eyeing for weeks from the 4th avenue sidewalk. It totally looked like something Betty Draper would wear to a garden party…or just lying around the house…. and it was GORGEOUS. “Why the heck not?!” I said to myself as I waltzed in feeling so fabulously sure of myself. After getting the royal customer service treatment by the overly friendly blonde woman working there I learned that the most beautiful dress ever to hang on my body was $5,500.00! “I’ll think about it,” I said ever so nonchalantly. Since then, I’ve stuck to drooling outside those windows. I digress.

Photos by the amazing Nate Watters

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