Thrift Store Scores – Wearing Brown on the Town: Vintage Beret, Printed Scarf, and an Itty Bitty Purse

Many of my accessories in my overflowing closet were discovered at a thrift store: purses, scarves, gloves, necklaces, shoes; I have almost as many accessories

Many of my accessories in my overflowing closet were discovered at a thrift store: purses, scarves, gloves, necklaces, shoes; I have almost as many accessories as I have clothing.  Accessories are a simple way to differentiate an outfit, and an affordable way to create drastically different looks.

When the sun showed up in Vancouver in February, I grabbed a few thrift store scores and took advantage of the beautiful (and rare) sunny weather.

1) Printed Sparkle Scarf – I recently invested in a coat tree, only to use it exclusively for my scarf collection.  When I’m on the hunt and I discover a hidden gem like this scarf, it’s hard to say no. Like a crow or a small child, I’m drawn to things that are shiny and pretty.  This sparkly scarf caught my eye at a community thrift store in East Vancouver.  At just 25 cents, it was a cheap addition to my tree of scarves.

2) Esprit Mini Satchel – I found this ESPRIT purse at one of the many thrift stores on Main St.  It’s very small, but features built in pockets and a card organizer.  I am normally a “go big or go home” kind of girl when it comes to bags, but this petite purse is perfect for a night out, an afternoon of shopping, or a day of errand running.  It was just two dollars, and I know that my chiropractor will be very happy to see me sporting this small wonder, instead of the oversized purses that I normally lug around.

3) Cashmere/Wool Beret – I must admit, my French language abilities are extremely limited, but I can still enjoy the look of a cozy beret. The combination of the cream colour, material, and the adorable little nub at top add a dash of femininity to any outfit .  Ever since I splurged on an itchy hat that I never wear, I always look for hats that contain cashmere, which soften up the structure and the feel of the hat. This classic beret was $3.50 at a thrift store in Penticton, British Columbia.  C’est Magnifique!


Hat, Scarf, and Purse: Thrift Store Score. Rust top: Forever 21.  Leather Jacket: Mackage.
White Top and gold ring: H&M. 
Jeans: Flying Monkey.  Boots: Ralph Lauren. Nail Polish: Spa Ritual.
Photos by David McEwen.

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