Saskatoon: The art (and brute force) of thrifting

When swapping thrift shopping info with a girlfriend, she told me about Stasia Consign and Design Boutique (1002a Central Ave., 306-931-2250, a consignment shop that donates its unsold merchandise to charity. Passersby often miss this tiny boutique, but I couldn’t wait to check it out.

And it’s a good thing I did. Every rack seemed to be filled with stylish finds—there were look-alikes of pieces you may have seen in fashion magazines and accessories that would go perfectly with something already in your closet. 

Thrift store shopping is an art. It takes time, patience and muscles—yes, I said muscles.  Although it might not be the same as a trip to the gym for an hour of cardio, pulling each hanger apart from racks of packed soon-to-be-found treasures is a lot harder than it looks. It is not a type of shopping where you can lazily browse through the goods—thrifty shoppers mean business. But if you have an afternoon and don’t mind doing some digging, you are bound to come out with some great finds and the prices will be sure to keep you smiling. 

Although patience is usually not one of my virtues, if it means finding that one-of-a-kind treasure to add to my closet I am definitely willing to do some heavy lifting.

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