Saturday, December 19, 2009

Winnipeg Vintage Reviewed - Ragpickers, Vintage Glory, Value Village/Sally Ann

I've got another "One Dress, Three Ways" post all ready and waiting for you, but unfortunatly I'm sicker than a dog right now and the last thing I want is a camera in my face, so I've pulled some reviews from my old blog for you. This was always my plan as I want tokeep reviewing all the great vintage spots here in the 'Peg.
Sorry for the lack of pictoral goodness in this post, you'll just have to get your reading specs on and enjoy the written word for a change. Hopefully I'll be feeling better soon!

Ragpickers Anitfashion Emporium Costumes & Books
**RAGPICKERS McDermot Location has closed! They are in trasition - check their Facebook page for Pop Up Shop updates and other information**
216 McDermot Ave

**** out of 5

Ragpickers seems to be the premiere vintage go-to store in Winnipeg. It is both a costume shop (which has recently expanded due to their purchase of the costumes from Mallabar Apparels!) and a vintage clothing store. The coolest thing about this combination is if you need a great 70’s outfit for that disco party on Saturday night, you can rent it from either the costume rental section at the back of the store or vintage items for sale at the front as long as it’s not a consignment piece. Most costume rentals range from $10 and up (for individual pieces) and $35-$65 for entire outfits including accessories, making them the cheapest costume shop in town!

Want to make a little extra money or get rid of some vintage clothes in your own closet? Ragpickers will gladly take them off your hands! They buy vintage items outright and also offer consignment. Just make sure to call ahead and make an appointment before you show up with your stuff!

Ragpickers' vintage clothing selection is by far the largest in Winnipeg in my experience. They have it all, ranging from the 40’s right up to the questionable “vintage” 80’s. There’s something for everyone. (But please note: I find the men’s section a bit sparse at times! Other times it's full of great finds! Shop at your own risk!)

They also have a large collection of accessories for sale, ranging from hats, gloves, jewelry, ties, suspenders, clutches, purses, sunglasses etc…Lots of cool things to look at!

There is also a large book section on the second floor as well as a small theatre which is available for bookings (and also houses BYOV Venue 13 during the Fringe Festival!).

Their location is easy to find as well, located right off Main St in an old three storey Salvation Army hospital. The building is a perfect place for a vintage shop, full of turn of the century charm painted in wacky colours.

There are, of course, always a few downsides. Ragpickers’ selection does not seem to vary much from visit to visit. (Although I may be a little biased as I mainly look for vintage pieces from the 40’s-early 60’s. These things just don’t come by Ragpickers’ way too often I suppose). They also don’t upkeep their vintage items as I have experienced in other vintage shops. Clothes are hung and priced “as is” which can be both good and bad.

Also, don’t ask if the items in the costume section are for sale, they are defiantly not; which at times makes my little heart skip a beat with sadness that I can never own some of the wonderful things they have in their rental section. But do go look, their costume section is full of wonderful pieces.

The lighting in the store is also quite dark, which can be annoying when checking a piece for flaws, but sometimes the staff will let you take something outside to have a better look if you’re a truly interested buyer.

This is another spot of contention for me at times, the staff. It seems to rotate and change every few years. Sometimes the girls who work there are fantastic, helpful and knowledgeable, but there have been a few here and there who have been downright mean and make you feel like you’re inconveniencing them when asking them a question.

On the other hand, Kristin Andrews, the owner is always downright pleasant and a joy to talk to. (She’s the one with the curly hair and the 50’s horned rimmed glasses running around like a busy bee) She seems to know everyone in the neighbourhood and is a wonderful uplifting presence in the store. I always enjoy my visits when she’s there!

All in all, Ragpickers is a must-visit for any vintage fashion lover, but put aside and hour or more, there is a lot to take in and look at!

Vintage Glory
**VINTAGE GLORY HAS REOPENED!! Now located at to 380 Donald St** 
Read my updated review here

88 Albert St.
(204) 946-5212

***** out of 5

Vintage Glory is my favorite vintage store in Winnipeg. They were previously located in the basement of Hooper’s under the name “Vintage Underground” until they moved topside to their current location on 88 Albert St under the name Vintage Glory.

The owners, Doug and Lana are really great people. On my first visit to their location at Hoopers I spent nearly an hour talking to Doug about vintage clothes, the vintage market in Winnipeg and how they amassed their wonderful collection. Every piece in the store comes from Doug and Lana’s personal collection. Doug tells me they have a house full of delightful vintage treasures of all shapes and sizes (how exciting!)! This is where the impetus to open a store came from. They tell me the collection was taking over their house.

Well I for one am glad for it! Unlike many vintage stores in the city, Vintage Glory is restocked with new goodies very frequently (If I didn’t spend nearly $100 every time I walk in, I would go once a week for this exact reason). Doug and Lana also go to the pains of repairing damaged goods before they hit the sales floor. I also find the prices unbeatable!

Good men’s vintage is becoming a hard thing to come by in Winnipeg and Vintage Glory is the answer. Vintage Glory is the place to go if you like fedoras, 70’s shoes, cool smoking jackets, vintage tees and the best selection of vintage leather jackets I have ever seen (and as always, there is so much more!)!

And don’t even get me started on the ladies clothes (I could write a novel!)! If you like shoes and jewelry, Vintage Glory has an amazing selection. I was also pleased to find out that they sell full square dancing crinolines for under $100 (I am currently coveting a pink one they have in stock). And of course the ladies clothing is wonderful and regularly restocked.

The store itself is on the smaller side, but bright and cheerful nonetheless.

As you can see, I really have nothing negative to say about Vintage Glory, it has become my favorite place to shop in the past year.

If you love vintage clothes like I do and find yourself in the Exchange District in Winnipeg, go to Vintage Glory! Just tell Doug and Lana that Lisa sent you!

Value Village, Salvation Army, Goodwill Etc…
Various Locations
(See the local Yellow Pages for addresses and phone numbers)

** out of 5

I decided that I couldn’t do a post about the vintage clothing stores in Winnipeg without reviewing the thrift stores as well. Winnipeg is after all home to thousands of bargain hunters and so this review listing wouldn’t be complete without them. I have also decided to lump all of these stores together as my comments from store to store seem to have been very similar.

These are usually the last places I go especially if I’m looking for something in particular, but they are good when I’m in the mood to hunt or for a great bargain! Nothing is better than finding a great vintage piece at a regular thrift store for a fraction of the cost.

But I find here in Winnipeg the vintage pickings have become slim in thrift stores. My sister used to work for Value Village (which I hear is now owned by Walmart) in Thunder Bay and she said they have a screening process for clothes before they hit the sales floor. Anything heavily stained, clothes with holes, broken zippers or incredibly damaged gets thrown out! She said the number of vintage pieces with minimal wear and tear which landed in the dumpster was depressing. And forget about picking through Value Villages’ dumpsters to rescue these discarded treasures, Value Village charges dumpster divers with a trespassing fine!!

I remember once upon a time when thrift stores appeared to be full of vintage goodies, but I seem to think that there is a collective awareness among the public these days that grandma’s old dresses are valuable to some people and there is money to be made. So the number of vintage clothes in these regular thrift stores has seemingly decreased.

Where I usually have luck at these locations is with shoes, bags, scarves and coats. Vintage housewares and furniture also appear more frequently in these locations, again, at a fraction of the cost these items may be at an antique store (Just a few years ago I bought an amazing 20’s couch and matching chair for only $140!).

Now, that being said, if you’re someone who likes 80’s clothes (which I do not really consider vintage since I was born in the 80's), thrift stores would be the first place I would look. As this is newer vintage, having only been 20 years or so ago, the abundance in these stores is great. Vintage clothing stores charge a lot more for 80’s items than you would pay at a regular thrift store.

Let’s not forget to mention thrift stores in small rural towns. When visiting I usually ask someone who appears to live in town where the thrift store is (get ready for a weird look before they tell you!). I have found these places to be an untapped resource for great vintage finds (I feel the need to mention my amazing 70’s take on a 40’s dress I bought for $1 in the Gimli thrift store!). So if you’ve got the means, head out of town and have a look! Plus there’s always the added advantage of “the great story” that will accompany your new treasure (When in Gimli one woman in the thrift store said as I bought about $20 worth of stuff at their ‘Everything for $1 Sale’ “Boy! You sure like this old stuff!” Those are my favorite stories.).

A quick note on appearance and “retail help” at these types of stores (this is a review after all!): Don’t expect any “retail help” at these stores. They are by and large a help yourself kinds of places. The staff are only there to ring you through the till, stock the floor and keep the store clean. As far as appearance goes, every beast is a little different. Some stores have a clean, bright, box store type of feel to them and some are downright dark and unorganized with everything in-between.

Overall, I find regular thrift stores are fun to visit if you don’t have any expectations. Visit them for the thrill of the hunt and the surprising stories that may accompany your found treasures!

I'll be posting more reviews in the new year! Stay Tuned!

Lisa. xo

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Outfits: Flowers in December

I wore this to work today. This is actually a summer dress, but the print is dark enough I can get away with wearing it all year by pairing it with tights. I love to wear florals and flowers in my hair in the winter. It makes me think of spring and it makes me happy!

I realized while taking these photos that this is the third or fourth time I've worn these t-straps for an outfit post. What can I say? They're a staple in my wardrobe for winter! They have a great nubby rubber sole which is perfect for trekking around in the snow.

Also, on a side note, you might remember the flower on my head and open cardigan from this post.

Flower Headband: Le Chateau
60's Rhinestone Necklace: Vintage (from Grandma)
Black Lace Tank Top: Smart Set
Floral Dress: Smart Set
Black Open Cardigan: Ricki's
Tights: Walmart
T-Strap Shoes: Spring Shoes

A close up of the print for you!

I hope everyone is having as stress-free of a holiday as possible! I've been very busy (hence the lack of frequent posts!)! The Christmas tree went up yesterday, christmas shopping, ongoing decorating/renovation projects, general housekeeping etc...
I also received a promotion at work this week! I started training my replacement on Monday and I start as as Assistant Buyer (!) in January! I'm so excited!

Lisa. xo

Friday, December 11, 2009

Beauty in Chaos

The Boy and I just bought our first house 6 months ago. This was really just the first step in making a little corner of the world one that we could call our own. We have been swamped with renovation and decorating projects since.

As a result our house is rarely spotlessly clean. For a neat freak like me this can be a little overwhelming.

In moments of panic I try to look closer and see some beauty in the chaos. Here is some that I found the other night:

I'm pretty excited to show you this last picture. It's the sneak peek at my early Christmas present from The Boy. It's a 1950's kitchen table set that was in his Opa's basement that I fell in love with earlier in the year! It's so beautiful! The chairs have been recovered (I hear the original vinyl was in bad shape) but I love it anyway! I'm so excited to have been given it!
I promise to post a picture of the whole set in it's wonderful glory soon!

I've also got another "One Dress, Three Ways" post in the works! Stay Tuned!

Lisa. xo

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Victorian Fashion (Part 2 of 3): Inspiration

I've compiled some images here which I find moving and inspiring.
They're all modern photos. I toyed with the idea of posting some antique drawings and photos, but I think due to the nature of my own style (which is I feel a good mix of old and new) I decided to show you modern fashion photos with a victorian feel.


I've had this image on my computer for a while now and I can't for the life of my remember where I've plucked it from. Mostly I like the striped stockings and corst.

If you're a fan of Project Runway then you will recognize this dress. I personally don't have cable, so don't follow it. I did however see this episode online and LOVE this dress. I want to wear it somewhere!

Renee Zellweger's 2009 Golden Globe Dress. Some people may not like it, but I love it. End of Story.

I found this on a random Google search. It's from Plastik Wrap on Etsy. I'm not sure exactly what it is about this look that I like, but something about it grabbed me. What can I say?

This is my favorite image here.This is The Holly from Topsy Turvy Hats. I would like to own every hat they have! If you follow no other link on this post follow that one  (Kim, I know you'll love these!). I promise you won't be dissapointed! I want this photo hanging in my house somewhere.

Stay Tuned for the last installment of the Victorian Fashion Series!!

Lisa. xo

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Outfits: The Reveal!! (Saturday's Dress!)

Thank you for bearing with me for this seemingly long absence (it's actually only been 4 days since my last post, but that really seems like forever in the blogosphere doesn't it?). It's been kindof a crazy weekend!

Firstly, our camera malfunctioned on Friday and wouldn't work (we took it back Sunday. Thank God for Costco's 90 day return policy on electronics!!). So I feared that I wouldn't be able to show you Saturday's party outfit! Thankfully The Boy's Parents lent us thier camera. Which we forgot at home in our rush to get to the party on time. So Stupid! So the pictures here are ones we took in the wee morning hours after much partying and a little gin and tonic!

Also, Dave (our 5 month old boxer puppy) started teething this weekend, so much puppy-proofing was in order! Poor little dog, he's got a sore mouth. He's lost 5 teeth since Sunday (not counting the ones I'm sure he's swallowed during the day while we're at work).

Anyway, without furthur ado, here's my fabulous party dress:

It's late 40's/early 50's. Black Taffeta. It was a big hit at the party! I was so excited to wear it!

I took inspiration for my hair from the Girly Dita photos. Since my hair is quite a bit shorter than Dita's I had to do a little improvisation. I quite like how it turned out (although I'm not sure this photo does it any justice).

Here's a shot with my coat and clutch. The coat is a wool blend 60's jacket with dyed fox fur. It's so delicious! I want to wear it everyday! The clutch is a favorite of mine. I use it alot!

Earrings: Vintage
Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Le Chateau
Fur Collar Coat: Vintage
Beaded Clutch: Vintage

The Boy insisted I take a few photos of him in the hall. In fact, I think I took more photos of him than he did of me! Thanks for indulging me in this very wordy post! So I'll leave you with this:

The End.

Lisa. xo

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Victorian Fashion (Part 1 of 3): Wishlist

Truth be told, I have been obsessed with Victorian fashion (and all those wonderful things inspired by this era) long before I discovered early and mid 20th Century fashion.

I love the layers, the decadance and excess of the Victorian era.
The hats, the parasols, gloves, bustles...
I am also a fan of the corset. That fragile, perfect, waspish waist.

This photo borrowed from here

There are a few items with Victorian roots which I simply cannot resist.

1. Anything with buttons! Especially small, pearl or covered buttons.Gloves, shoes, shirts...anything really.

Gloves: Echo Boots: Marc Jacobs

2. Feathers. The bigger and more dramatic the better really! I am loving that feathers are en vogue right
    now because it means I can get my fill without endless searching and spending a fortune. You might
    remember this post or this one where I am sporting some feathered headgear!

This beauty from louth craft mark

3. Lace blouses. Especially with a high collar. Mmmmm...this one is delicious...

I LOVE this beaded lace blouse from

4. Cameos. I own many. Rings, Brooches, Necklaces. I could always use more though! haha!

All items from Etsy: Necklace Peaches4me. Lace Choker: poppenkraal. Cameo Locket: dayslonggone

5. Top Hats. I know this is a menswear item, but I adore top hats anyway! I love, love, love the miniture
    top hats that are for sale for women right now. (I in fact own one!) Love this hat! Very authentic (plus the
    added bonus of having feathers!!)

Part 2 and 3 of my Victorian Fashion Series to come! Stay Tuned!

Lisa. xo

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Inspiration: Dita's Hair: Edgy? Girly? or Classic?

Next Saturday is the official Ricki's Christmas party. As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited for this. Why you ask?
Well what better excuse to get all dolled up!!! Not only that, but what better excuse to buy a new dress!!

So, a week ago I went shopping at Ruby Slipper. I've never been before, so my intention was just to look around and scope the place out. And maybe see if they had any amazing tulle dresses for sale. There were a few, but none that stole my heart.
Ok, this is the exciting part. I approached a woman behind the counter (who ended up being the owner) and asked her if they had any tulle dresses other than the ones on the floor for sale. She immediatly sized me up, and started to simultaneously pass me dresses from a rack by the counter and tell me that I don't want a tulle dress because she just bought a ton of stuff from a guy who's Mom had kept everything she owned since the 40's and guess what? She wore the same size as me!! (Awesome!!)
Long story short, I tried on what feels like a million dresses and suits, all of which fit me like a glove, but there were 3 I couldn't part with. So I dropped $200 and took them home.
I do not have pictures of them yet. I just feel like a run-of-the-mill outfit post won't do them justice. They're special and deserve to be dolled up.
I'll be wearing one of them to the Christmas party next week. It's a late 40's early 50's black taffeta halter wiggle dress with beading at the neckline. So hollywood glam! So Gorgeous! Wait till you see it!!! (again, no pics and now it's at the cleaners. I even looked online for something similar to show you. Couldn't find anything remotely close)
I have the dress, I have shoes, I have the clutch and accessories. So the question remains:
How will I do my hair?

I have lined up a few options and are contemplating them all seriously. All glam inspiration in my life comes from Dita. I love her!

I like the rockabilly style of this do'. It would give the dress an edgier feel.

The girly girl in me loves the curls of this look. Very pretty, very feminine. Maybe with some sparkly brooch pinned in my hair too.

This one I feel is very sleek and glamourous. Very classic.

So those are the options I'm considering. Edgy, Girly or Classic.
I think I'm leaning towards Edgy or Girly.

Any thoughts? I know it's tough without seeing the dress, but I'd appreciate some thoughts on the hair in isolation.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Outfits: Victorian Peacock

I know you're seen this skirt before, but like I said. I'll wear it to death!

I love this top. The front is so Victorian-esque to me. Plus I love anything with buttons! And it's my favorite colour (which I'm sure you can ascertain from the wall colour in my hallway!)! Green!

Feathered Headband: Ricki's
Earrings: Vintage
Turtleneck: Kensie
Belt: Vintage
Skirt: Vintage Oscar de la Renta
Tights: Good ole Indestructables
Shoes: Le Chateau

This whole outfit was inspired by the peacock feather on my headband.

Lisa. xo

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My New Buddy

This post wouldn't be possible without my sister Kim. So a big shout out to her is in order!

Yesterday I came home to a small parcel in my mailbox. It was from Kim. If you remember from this post, I've been looking for a "stole with a face" for a little while now. I've found a few small mink stoles in my travels since, but none of them felt like they were mine.
Well that's because he was with Kim! In her letter she said she bought him at Value Village 3 years ago and he's been living with her since. When she read my blog she called Mom to get my address and sent him to me! I had no idea!!! It was such a lovely surprise! I was giddy all night!!! I'm still excited!! See these exclamation marks!! <--- !!

Isn't he great! He's so perfect! Just like the one in the picture from The Sartorialist I love!

Earrings: Vintage
Stole: Vintage (From Kim!!)
Black Tee Shirt: Ricki's
Jeans: Bootlegger
Shoes: Vintage

I just love vintage fur!

All of this has reminded me of this post from Vintage Vixen.

What should I name my new buddy? Thoughts?

Lisa. xo

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Outfits: Two in One!

It's been a busy week, so you're getting a two in one! I wore both of these outfits to work this week.

I wore this on Monday. I'm a little dissapointed you can't see the sailor style button front detail on these high waisted pants in these photos.

Earrings: Ricki's
Necklace: Vintage
Lace Tank Top: Smart Set
Beaded Wrap Sweater: Thrifted
Sailor Pants: Ricki's
Shoes: Spring
Dog: Dave! haha!

I wore this outfit on Thursday. My office swings wildly from boiling hot to freezing and back again, so thoughtful dressing is a must. Here's the dress with sweater (which I wore in the morning) and when the mercury rose in the afternoon I wore it sans sweater. These are also pretty good shots of my new haircut the way my stylist intended it to be.

Necklace: Ricki's
Flower Brooch: Ricki's
Slip: Vintage
Dress: Forever 21
Tights: Walmart
Shoes: Bleka (The Bay)
Sweater: Ricki's
Belt: Laura

So can you guess which clothing company I work for yet?

Lisa. xo

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inspiration: Eva Mendes

I never thought I'd be writing this post, since I'm not really a great fan of Eva, but she looks so amazing!! The dress, the hat, the colours! Perfection!

I'll just let the photo speak for itself. Wow!

Lisa. xo

Monday, November 16, 2009

Puppy Bloopers

Taking outfit photos with my camera's timer has proven to be a little tricky with a very busy boxer puppy at home. Dave is forever getting in the way of my shots.

I couldn't help but post these since he was particularly busy this afternoon while I was shooting "One Dress, Three Ways". He's very interested in the beeping noise the camera makes when it's counting down and I think he thought we were going for a walk when I put my hat and scarf on for the last outfit. I only had a few photos of that outfit without him in them! We went for a walk as soon as I was done.

Isn't he cute? Our world revolves around that cute little monster!

Lisa. xo

One Dress, Three Ways: 50's Purple Print

Before I get started I want to give credit where credit is due. This is obviously not a new idea, but I have been officially inspired by Sally Jane Vintage and her "Four Ways" posts.

I am a great collector of clothes. Getting rid of clothes kills me!! Becuase of this I am always dreaming up new ways to wear the clothes that I have, so making a series like this one just seems right!

This is the first of many "One Dress, Three Ways" posts! I currently have more than 80 dresses in my collection (most of them vintage) and I will be showcasing my favorites.

Here we go!

This is an altered 1950's bridesmaid dress. It used to be floorlength, but I've hemmed it, removed the built in bullet bra and taken in the bust darts. I bought it at Ragpickers.

 #1  I wore this outfit to work today!
Necklace: Le Chateau
Blouse: Smart Set
Tights: Walmart
Shoes:  Kenzie  (Town Shoes)

#2 I opted to show this look without tights since this is technically a summer dress
Necklace: Vintage
Blazer: Ricki's
Brooch: Vintage
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Spring
Clutch: Vintage

#3 I wore this shopping two weeks ago, so I couldn't resist showing it with the hat and scarf I wore!
Hat and Scarf: Ricki's
Blazer: Vintage
Brooches: Both Vintage (one was Grandma's one is a Sherman!)
Belt: Laura
Tights: Ricki's
Shoes: Bleka (The Bay)
Bag: Vintage

Stay Tuned for more from this series! I've already got another dress on standby!

Lisa. xo
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