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Contributed by: Style Hunter Fox, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert

My outfits almost always consist of something vintage, something thrifted, something made in Winnipeg or something from a small boutique. I don't try to fit these things into my day but these are the items in my closet. This is the conscious way I shop. Maximize the impact of your spending dollars on your local economy and reduce your contributions to the evils of fast fashion! Not only does it look good,... more

Contributed by: Sheri, Confessions of a Refashionista

When I spied that frumpy striped dress on the rack at The Salvation Army Thrift Store I knew I'd be able to transform it into something fabulous!

Discover just how quick and easy it is to refashion a dowdy vintage dress into a frock fit for Spring with my simple DIY video:

 

Contributed by Amanda of Rechic Studio & Design.

Sometimes the hardest part of thrifting can be trying to see past the current state of the furniture, and imagining what could be. This is especially true for pieces that are missing components (such as handles!), or even drawers. 

I challenge you to look past these flaws, and instead see them as opportunities to improve :) 

This piece in the photo had come from my local thrift store, and I was immediately drawn to its clean lines and solid wood structure. Although... more

Contributed by Sheri, Confessions of a Refashionista and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Don’t pass up that dress in the Salvation Army Thrift Store just because it has a busy pattern – too much for a dress can be just right for a blouse!

Discover how to transform that frumpy frock with my easy vintage dress to blouse refashion video tutorial:

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Contributed by Style Hunter Fox, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert

My kids and I got very excited about Easter eggs this year after seeing the below video! 

So I've started my pretty silk hunt and have come up with a few scarves and skirts that I'm willing to sacrifice for the cause! The white cotton will be an easy find from the linen isle. 100% silk, however, can be tricky to source and differentiate from polyester if the tags have been removed. Silk does have a special feel to it though, so find an item that does have the fabric content still attached and compare by... more

Contributed by: Sheri of Confessions of a Refashionista and Salvation Army Creative Expert.

Welcome to my series of Top Refashionista Tips for Successful Thrifting Trips! This episode explains the ins and outs of how to discover the refashioning potential in garments while thrifting:

Click the links below to be taken to the tutorials for each fab creation mentioned in the video:
 
The thrifty DIY Dress Tutorial: http://awesomesauceasshattery... more

We joined our Creative Expert Sheri from Confessions of a Refashionista at our East York store, 60 Overlea Boulevard Toronto, for an amazing thrifting shopping adventure with our giveaway winner, Lisa.

Here are Lisa and Sheri shopping up a storm with new tips on how to make that blazer fit without sewing!

Contributed by: Sheri, Confessions of a Refashionista and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

I asked my awesome thrifty diva followers to share their top thrifting tips and the response was amazing! With so many fantastic tips and tricks submitted I had a difficult time choosing the top 10, so I went ahead and put together The Top 20 Thrifty Diva Thrifting Tips! Discover some groovy new ideas and let’s get thrifting!

1. Get to know the people who run your favourite thrift shops. If they know you and what you... more

Contributed by Amanda of Rechic Studio and Design, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Re-staining is not as difficult as you may think! 

The key when wanting to restain, is to make sure you have removed all of the precious finish, and are back to raw wood. For a lot of older vintage pieces this can be a bit easier since their finishes have often become more dried out and brittle. 

For those types of pieces, using a little 'mouse' electric sander will do the trick. Start with a coarser grit, such as 120, and finish... more

 
 
Contributed by Sheri of Confessions of a Refashionista and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert
 
Reusing, upcycling, refashioning and shopping second hand are fabulously economical alternatives for creating your own unique, trendy style without supporting unethically produced fast fashion however, is thrifting really ethical?
 
In my opinion it is. By shopping second hand and reusing I am not... more

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