Posts Tagged: lower mainland

let’s go thrifting!

thrifting w/ Lotus Events 1thrifting w/ Lotus Events 2Thrifting to me is like getting a massage for others. It’s my go-to when I need to de-stress and take time away from the computer. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt with a thrift store, but will never turn down a nice stroll through an antique market. This can often mean trouble and over the past years, I have had to distinguish my feelings for wanting an item for its cuteness versus having an actual use for said item. It’s a fine line between thrifting and becoming a vintage hoarder. There’s nothing wrong with walking out of a shop empty handed!

thrifting w/ Lotus Events 3thrifting w/ Lotus Events 4What’s the difference?

Antique markets are often sectioned into curated stalls which a potential seller may rent and decorate however they wish with their finds. Items are often priced higher as products have been picked through, carefully selected, well displayed, and you sometimes may find the “insert popular item i.e. aluminum christmas trees” over and over. This is normally the place that I would go to find treasured pieces for my home and booth displays.

Thrift stores are often categorized into clothing, homewares, electronics, etc. It is up to you to roll up your sleeves and dig through to find your own gems especially if you find yourself at “the bins”. It may be a bit more time consuming, but often the place to pick up the best deals as items haven’t been picked through by a seller and marked up for resale. The key with thrift stores is to be a regular and the best scores are from the folks that live / work close to a thrift shop and are able to pop in on a regular basis. We have a map of our favourite shops, know when the sales take place, and try to visit on a monthly basis, if not more frequently!

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Here are my top thrift stops in the Lower Mainland:
MCC  :: This is my favourite place and have often walked out with boxes of new-to-me goods to a car load full.
Bibles for Missions :: Always worth a stop. Found some cute stuff that didn’t quite fit our home at the time, but would definitely be a find for the right person.
Salvation Army  :: As with all thrift stores, this place is hit and miss and you have to keep an eye on prices as they sometimes run high.
Churches / Estate Sales / Schools / Senior Centres :: Various location

Antique markets :: Most of my favourite antique markets are located in the US. Visit my Portland City Guide (scroll to the bottom for additional posts) for my usual spots.

Do you have a favourite thrifting place and / or tip? Share it below!

Bottom picture from Brick & Mortar Living. Stay tuned for a shop tour!

round up! :: vancouver craft fairs (+ tix giveaway)

Following our round up of London, UK craft fairs, here are our top Vancouver picks to add to your diaries and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for a ticket giveaway!

Eastside Cultural Crawl
Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 | check website for times + locations

Blim
Sunday, November 20 | noon to 5pm
Chinese Cultural Center – 50 E. Pender Street, Vancouver

Make it!
Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, November 27 | various times
Croatian Cultural Center – 3205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
We have 10 pairs of tickets up for grabs! Interested, scroll to the bottom for details.

I Heart Crafts!
Saturday, November 26 | 11:00am to 6:00pm
Artbank – 1897 Powell Street, Vancouver

Portobello West
Saturday, November 26 + Sunday, November 27 | 11:00am to 5:00 pm
Creekside Community Recreation Center – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Crafts for a Cause
Saturday, December 3 | 6:00 pm to 10:00pm
Rhizome Cafe – 317 East Broadway, Vancouver

Fieldstone Vintage Market
Saturday, December 3 | noon to 5:00pm
Bakerview EcoDairy – 1356 Sumas Way, Abbotsford

Got Craft? (image above)
Sunday, December 4 | 10:00am to 5:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion – 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

One of a Kind
Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11 | various times
Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

River Market Holiday Show curated by Got Craft?
Saturday, December 10 + Sunday, December 11
Saturday, December 17 + Sunday, December 18
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
River Market – 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy
Saturday, December 10 + Sunday, December 11 | various times
Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver

Check out our Around Town listings for crafty events in and around the Lower Mainland!

We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away to Make it! Leave a comment below with the name of what craft fairs you will be hitting up this holiday season and 10 random winners will be chosen on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at noon (PST).