Red Heart

February 17, 2014 — 18 Comments

Vintage red sweater over a sparkly dress // We So Thrifty

Vintage red sweater over a sparkly dress // We So Thrifty

Vintage red sweater over a sparkly dress // We So Thrifty

I thrifted this sweater at just the right time. A few weekends ago, Matt and I were in Trenton, and tagged along with his parents to an estate sale auction at an old car dealership. I’d never been to an auction before, so I pretended to be as aloof and cool about it as possible. I didn’t intend to bid on anything, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t pretend I might. That was all before I came across a vintage 4-point Hudson’s Bay blanket.

Hudson’s Bay designed this year’s (any many other year’s) Canadian Olympic gear. The collection is gorgeous, tasteful, and iconic – exactly what Canadians expect from the HBC brand (wish could say the same about Ralph Lauren’s offerings for Team USA…). Anyways, I’ve always wanted a 4-point blanket, but the price of a new one is prohibitive, and vintage ones rarely go for less than $250. However, the most recent bout of Olympic fever that has hit me and the rest of my country made that “want” feel more like a patriotic duty. I had to bid on it! FOR OUR ATHLETES!

Prior to the bidding process, I had high hopes I was the only one in that room that knew what I was looking at. The blanket itself was lumped in with a host of other fleecy no-names, and I wishfully thought the auctioneer might let the whole whack of blankets go for a modest sum. That wasn’t the case – once he got to that table, he promptly asked his assistant to pull the 4-point out of the pile, and away we went. I told myself I wouldn’t go higher than $70 ($80, tops), as I wanted to get it for a deal. The bidding began, and I tried to be nonchalant – not bidding until several other people chimed in. I got to raise my clammy hand at least four times before I realized this was a contest between two other ladies who were willing to spend a lot more money than I was.

So, I walked away empty handed. As we were driving home, I told Matt I had to duck out for a bit once we returned to his parents’ place. My defeat left me with the itch to thrift, and, lucky me, the Trenton Bibles for Missions store had a 50% off sale that day. Among a few other scores, I took home this bright red vintage sweater for $2.50. It isn’t Hudson’s Bay, but it IS the perfect shade of red to wear when Team Canada inevitably CRUSHES ITS FOES AND ALL WHO DARE OPPOSE US in the gold medal hockey game on sunday (Look guys! I’m into sports!) It was also the perfect shade of red to wear on Valentine’s Day, as I packed in four entrees and at least that many House of Cards episodes.

While I suffered a defeat at the auction, this was a victory at the thrift store. Let’s keep this streak going, Mr. Crosby. Game faces on.

Vintage red sweater over a sparkly dress // We So Thrifty

Dress: Salvation Army | $12
Sweater: Bibles for Missions | $2.50
Necklace: Gift
Booties: Talize | $13
Clutch: Salvation Army | $5

18 responses to Red Heart

  1. 

    Gorgeous outfit! Bummer about the blanket, though. I’ve never been to an auction, they seem so intimidating!! Glad you had a Valentine’s Day as fabulous as you’re outfit! ;)

    • 
      Julie Van Huizen March 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

      THEY ARE intimidating! But I just pretended like I owned the place, and walked out with a flip of my hair ;)

  2. 

    As a fellow Canadian, I get it! I wonder how much the blanket ended up going for. Lovely red sweater find.

  3. 

    Love your “game face!”

  4. 

    Great story! I haven’t been to an auction yet but I would love to go. At least you got something great from the day…very pretty sweater. And I love your hair like this. : )

  5. 

    You look gorg!!!

  6. 

    I love your aggressive patriotism, Julie ;). It’s even more fitting now since our glorious Women’s Hockey gold medal game yesterday and the Men’s Hockey advance to the final!

  7. 

    That sweater is so pretty – I love the color! Sorry to hear about the blanket! I had a similar experience where I lost the most beautiful vintage coat in an auction.

    xoxo,
    Laura

    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

  8. 

    Beautiful color on you : )

  9. 

    Amazing, Girlfriend! You make me shameful at how much my outfits cost. ; )

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