Loving Life after 50

Finding Value at Value Village

AHHHHHHH, and written in words sounds nothing like how I hear it in my head.  It’s that sound you hear when something amazing or great is happening.  Value Village opened up a brand new store in Ottawa and I was invited to head out as soon as it opened.  Sadly I could not make the opening but I did manage a Saturday morning excursion. 

I am a thrift shopper, not as extensively as I use to be but I still love the experience.  The thrill of finding something that has been tossed by someone and you are given it a new home. My first little find was a cardi in my favourite shade and the price tag screamed”take me home”.  I figured I could find many a use for this sweater.  Little did I realize I was about to find the perfect top and shorts that would match perfectly.

It’s the cutest little outfit.  Perfect for poolside, golf or any casual activity I can think of. So, pre-outfit preview let’s talk Value Village for just one second.

Value Village

Just in case you don’t know what Value Village is  it’s a thrift shop where you can buy used or gently used clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, etc. It’s a popular shopping destination for people from all walks of life.

Value Village is NOT a charity; it is a private for-profit entity operating.Founded in 1954, Value Village is a privately held international secondhand store chain that operates as part of the Savers, Inc. family. Value Village purchases and resells items donated by its nonprofit partners – turning otherwise unused items into sustainable revenue that supports their programs and services. The company also offers local communities a smart way to shop and is one of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world. To find a store near you, please visit: http://www.valuevillage.com/find-a-thrift-store.aspx.

My Outfit

Style does not have to be expensive.  It’s the ability to look at an item and figure out how you can make it work.  For me I found three pieces that work together and had a fun outfit for $24.00.  The shorts are Anne Taylor and the Shirt was Jones of New York.  Thrift shopping is not the shopping of early days.

OK Not a good statement because I have been thrift shopping since I was 22.  WE use to have a store called Frenchy’s in Saint John and I was a daily shopper.  It’s a great way to feed your shopping needs but stay economical. And elst not forget get great clothes and house stuffs.

summer ready in a thrifted outfit from Value Village

wind blown in a thrifted outfit from Value Village

thrifted shorts from Value Village with converse

thrifted shorts and golf shirt from Value Village

thrifted summer wear  from Value Village

thrifted shorts from Value Village thrifted Anne Taylor shorts from Value Village thrifted shorts and top from Value Village

thrifted outfit from Value Village

New Value Village

Ottawa got a new Value Village two weeks ago and I was thrilled.  Located  in Nepean on Stranderd ( if you are in Ottawa or close you need to head over) Pretty cool to get an opportunity first thing to explore someone else’s second hand goods. I love treasure hunting.  It’s like the best part of garage shopping and antique hunting but in a store.

Value Village

I love browsing through the racks finding bargains and imagining how I can re-purpose something. Plus I am in love with the signage.  Doors re-purposed to really let you know where to go.

women's wear at Value Village

value Village

short sleeve blouses at Value Village

home wares from Value Village

A trip to Value Village is never complete with out checking the shoes and man was I disappointed.  For the first time ever I wanted bigger feet.  I found such amazing shoes all in size seven. FYI I am a six.

glitter shoes from Value Village

pink shoes from Value Village

Purses, another of my weakness but I managed to restrain myself a tab bit. What I could not resist…….

purses from value village

The Pink  Flamingo glasses I found as I was leaving.  How perfect are these for pool side.

flamingo glasses from Value Village

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A Labour of Life was provided with a gift card to try and find some fun finds at Value Village, but it is a store I shop at often and all views and opinions are mine.
  • Thanks for linking this cute summer look with Visible Monday! xo


  • I am a huge thrift shopper and I find Value Village to be vastly overpriced. Last time I was there they priced dresses that you can buy at Winners above the price they are charging at Winners. Average price of dresses was $25-$40. Yes…$40 and it’s not even a well known brand.

    I prefer Talize. Not sure if you have those out your way but they are much more reasonably priced and cleaner.


  • Anna Marcus

    I can’t say that I am thrift shopper but can’t deny that your finds are fabulous, Linda. Your images are full of fun and love for life and that’s is what important