Category: Vancouver (BC)

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!

shop local :: Spool of Thread

Spool of Thread sewing lounge is tucked into one of my favourite spots in Vancouver along East 15th Avenue between Kingsway and Fraser. One part retail shop, Spool of Thread carries (in my opinion) one of the best selections of modern fabrics and patterns for all your sewing projects. They also host a number of workshops from beginning sewing lessons to more advanced techniques as well as offering people an opportunity to drop in with their own projects and rent their machines by the hour. People always ask me where I find the fabrics for my fabric pouches and this is the place folks!

I first met Lili when we were members of the Vancouver Craft Mafia and they have been a highlight at Got Craft? since May 2010 hosting the DIY space at the show. We are excited to have them back at our next event and look forward to seeing what new project they will be sharing with all of our attendees!

Make a day of it by enjoying a coffee at Matchstick and carrying on down the block to Collage Collage and Precious + Few.


Spool of Thread
101-649 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver
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top and bottom images by Karla Lim | middle image by Bella Lime

shop local :: homesteader’s emporium

Homesteader’s Emporium is a one stop shop for all of your urban homesteading needs. Whether you are looking to start raising your own chickens, collect your own honey, roast your own coffee, or compost in your apartment; this is the place to go to find all of the supplies you would need. As a DIYer himself, owner Rick, used to spend a lot of time researching places in Vancouver to purchase materials and ingredients for his own projects before he decided to set up shop on East Hastings in Vancouver.

Carrying a wide selection of goods for your own projects or to gift to family and friends for the holidays, Homesteader’s Emporium will provide the tools you need to make your own sauerkraut, cheese, or beeswax candles. They also offer plenty of workshops to provide you with the know-how on how to make soap as well as partnering up with community groups and like minded businesses to present jam making sessions and a workshop about growing your own mushrooms! Make sure to check out their events page here for upcoming sessions or pop over to the shop to discover everything they have to offer.

The crew will also be at Got Craft? on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 10-5pm selling cheese presses, DIY sauerkraut kits, handmade soap and candles, and more!


Homesteader’s Emporium
649 East Hastings, Vancouver
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shop tour :: House of Fine Art

House of Fine Art (HOFA) is a fine art supply and framing service store based in Abbotsford (BC) and I am so happy to announce that they are now carrying Roxypop zipper pouches and pinback sets!

Originally opened in 1971 by Gladys Murray, the shop was continued by her son, Lee, and is now in the hands of a lovely couple named Heather and Tim. Focusing on sustainable and ethical art supplies, they source as many local options as possible and will soon be offering a selection of workshops in their new location.

Here are a few sneak peeks I took during my shop tour. You’ll have to take a trip out in person to see all the loveliness for yourself!

2485 West Railway Street, Abbotsford
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field trip :: krause berry farm

We took a quick mid-week trip out to Langley to take a peek at my favourite thrift stores, drop off a Roxypop order at HOFA, and pick up some fresh berries. Ever since we had a delicious dessert of blueberries and soft serve ice cream at a co-workers house a few years ago, we kick off each summer with a visit to Krause Berry Farm.

The indoor farm market carries a great selection of fresh berries (these are available both for sale and u-pick) as well as other in season fruit and vegetables, canned goods, baked items, and frozen desserts. And if you had a long drive like we did, there is a small outdoor canteen where you can purchase strawberry shortcakes, pies, and ice cream all using local ingredients!

Krause Berry Farm
6179 248th Street, Langley

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