Friday, April 16, 2010

If It Takes A Village To Raise A Child...It Takes A Value Village To Dress One!

I may just have to start a weekly fashion Post,  called Style For A Steal.  
I get such a kick out of it.

This week is being sponsored by none other than....Value Village....Ta Da!
I know what you're thinking.
How tacky. 

It all started with this dress last fall.  It was a warm Friday afternoon, and as the girls and I were driving home I was trying to figure out what we could do for fun.  I spotted Value Village and told the girls they could each have five dollars to spend on whatever they wanted.
We were going on a Thrift Store Adventure.

This dress my eldest found, was twelve dollars.  I know, so we went over the allotted amount, but how could I say no when she walked out looking like this?
The dress is hanging downstairs and she wants to wear it to her grade 12 Grad.  
That may or may not be the case in three years,  but the enjoyment of trying it on several times has been worth it. 

Can you place a price on feeling like Cinderella?  I think not. 

This past week, after an early afternoon meeting at the high school there was some time to kill before the younger two were picked up.  I suggested we go and check out Value Village Thrift Store, and my frugal fashionista was more than happy to oblige.

She found this barely worn beautiful teal cardigan.
... along with a lined yellow pencil skirt made in the Ukraine.
It looks exactly like one currently sold on the Anthropologie website.
The only difference? Both pieces were each less than six dollars.

I love that she already has her own sense of style.  And that she gets as much of a kick out of finding a crazy good deal, as her mother.  
Style For A Steal is our motto hear at Bungalow'56.  
She knows how to make her frugal dutch mama proud. 
I know my Oma is smiling down at her right this minute.  I can feel it.

Items like this are so versatile and unique.
And just like at a Couture boutique, there is always only one in that style and size.
So you know you have A One of a Value Village kind.

It's all in how you look at it, isn't it?

Sure we could go hang out at Hollister and Anthropologie.
But really?
I ask you?
Where is the fun in that?
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  1. I love thrifting. Those pieces are gorgeous!

  2. You've got a budding model on your hands! I love that sweater--it's so vintage/chic. Your daughter seems to have a good eye for design--I love how she paired it with the yellow skirt and really love how it dresses up jeans.

  3. i am totally impressed by your gorgeous daughter, and her thrifty fashion sense! i definitely envy her those skills... i have such a horrid fashion sense, that i mostly stick to t-shirts and jeans just to avoid unintentional fashion blunders.

  4. Ooooooohhhhh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that sweater!!! I've about as frugal as they come too - learned from the best [my grandma and grandpa on my dad's side]. Their motto was 'put it away for a rainy day', or something like that. I so wish I could find bargains like your daughter did!

  5. Great finds! What woudn't look great on her though!?

  6. Love both those pieces!! The best thing about living in GP is that all the good stuff isn't taken minutes after it's been put out. Good shopping girls!

  7. Great steal!!! Lovely pic in the doorway

  8. Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous! And your photos, stunning.

    I am so with you on the frugality and joy of uncovering a great bargain. I'm a garage saler and a thrift store shopper.

    And guess what? So are my two 20-something daughters. They thrill in finding a fashionable bargain. I taught them well. Now, if only I possessed their fashion sense.

  9. So true, so true...notice how I'm not modeling my finds : ) I know what my talents are.

  10. What a fun post! The girls and I love thrift shopping...they always go right to the purses! Your girls did great!
    Have a great weekend :)

  11. I would like to move to value village. Sounds so affordable!!!!!
    Now...this girl of yours....she is fantastic.

  12. Dana I LOVE your photographs! Who doesn't love a bargain AND something unique???

  13. Gorgeous! Can you send that store downunder here to NZ before I go broke trying to sort my girl's ball dress???

    Cate :-)

  14. I love a good deal...and how exciting to find such one of a kind beauty! I love her dress and she looks Fabulous in it!

  15. That sweater is to die for!! The color, the cardigan style (without being a cardigan), the satin tie & the lace. You are doing a such a wonderful job teaching your girls to define their own style. Love that gown, too. LOVE your pics!:)

  16. What great finds and those pictures are fabulous!!!

  17. I love the dress. Beautiful and so is the natural model.

  18. Can you place a price on feeling like Cinderella? I think not.

    Love it. The cardigan is fabulous!

  19. How great that Cinderella will shop at the Thrift Store. Awesome dress, cardigan and pencil skirt. So cool to see a young gal with style of her very own.


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