As you know, I’m in the (insane) process of organizing our international move from Germany to Canada. I’ve just arrived back from a fact finding mission & business trip to Toronto that ended up being extended to include a visit and refashionista makeover video shoot in the American Midwest!
Get the scoop behind my travels + check out my groovy North American thrift and charity shop scores with CoaR’s Canadian Relocation Research Trip update:
Our first day in Toronto was spent in our airbnb apartment trying to adjust to the time change and get over our jetlag.
Scouting potential neighbourhoods was part of our itinerary and the Upper Beaches has definitely made the final list as it not only contains great schools, convenient amenities and easy public transport but also the creative and artsy Kingston Road as well as locally run charity shops Pegasus Thrift and St. John’s Thrift Store.
Speaking of thrift stores, my first trip to Value Village in over a decade was a sore disappointment. All I found was a pair of psuedo-vintage sunglasses. According to the comments the above image received on my facebook page I’m not the only one who has a difficult time understanding how large retail second hand stores can price their donated, used items higher than the original new prices. Sadly, most of the garments instore were also unethical fast fashion brands so I think I’ll be sticking to refashionista exploring the small, locally run thrift and charity shops, it’s loads more fun, successful and I know (most) of the money spent will be going directly to those who need it most.
Unfortunately this groovy Japan print vintage blouse from Vintage Depot was just too small to button up properly so had to be left behind. I’m positive I’ll be spelunking through all of their Toronto locations once we’ve moved over and settled in!
The trip also included quite a few DIY diva business meetings to find out just what opportunities could be awaiting this refashionista in Canada. My meeting with the higher-ups behind the Makeful channel was awesome!
I also took my first Uber rides and will absolutely be using that wickedly convenient, safe, clean & reasonably priced service again! If you’ve been considering giving them a try, go ahead and sign up/install the app and use my fab discount code for $15 towards your first ride: SHERIP313UE
We weren’t prepared for the extreme weather changes so a no sew refashion on the go was necessary: I chopped the toes off of a pair of cozy socks to create instant legwarmers and keep that freezing Toronto wind away!
Shooting will soon begin on my latest #refashionista makeover show! ✂♻#DIYblogger #fblogger #refashion #slowfashion #upcycle #ecofashion #conscious #sustainable
Posted by Confessions of a Refashionista on Sunday, March 27, 2016
As my sister from another mister lives a mere 6 hour drive away from Toronto in Indiana we decided to extend our trip across the border for a much needed visit full of loads of love and too many hugs to count! I also got to shoot another refashionista makeover webisode with a fabulously willing “victim”!
A trip to the local Depot MCC charity shop proved to be a most successful and entertaining outing!
These creepy dudes did not make the trip home with us.
I absolutely love discovering bits of the quirky vintage decor I remember from Grandma’s house while thrifting!
As our return flight was at night I had time to squeeze in a quick visit to Goodwill before we had to head to the airport. Waddaya think, did this wacky skin-tight jumpsuit join me in Berlin?
Safely back home to grumpy grey Berlin totally exhausted with double the luggage.
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