What I Do
- By day – I’m a Senior Digital Strategist at Capilano University. I also take on freelance work through my personal website.
- For fun – I run Thrifty By Design (TDB) where I facilitate Crafternoons (upcycling workshops) throughout Vancouver. Through TBD, I was asked to author a crafty book called Raw Crafts. The book includes 40 easy peasy DIYs with many of the projects encorporating thrift store finds.
- And just cause – I’ve recently launched Crafting with Crap where I hope to share easy DIYs, tips & tricks plus helpful resources.
My Style in 2 Words
“ Eclectic ”
“ Creative ”
I ❤ Thrifting Because…
It’s Personal Style Friendly
It’s Earth Friendly
It’s Budget Friendly
Thrifting Tips & Advice
Pop in to get those awesome scores – they don’t last long so ya gotta scoop them up fast. There are items that you can always find (Mason jars, mugs, etc) but kewl furniture finds never last long. Or a fabulous designer dress or shoes.
BE OPEN TO POSSIBILITY
Look for items with potential… A wool sweater may be perfect for repurposing. Or flamboyant costume jewelry may be a FAB score for refashioning into something else. Ya never know but look beyond the thrift store treasures original purpose. You’d be surprised at the amazing things you can make happen with a secondhand treasure.
My Thrifting Strategy
STEP #1: DO THE LOOP
I usually start in one spot then do my loop. I start at the dresses, then check the shoes, next is all the other clothes and finally it’s furniture then home decor.
STEP #2: THE RETURN RACK
Visit the rack outside of the dressing rooms – maybe someone else found something super FAB but decided not to take it. Their loss is your gain.
STEP #3: DONATE
I figure if you donate good stuff then you’ll find good stuff. It’s the circle of thrifting.
Great & Unexpected Thrift Store Items to Look for
Definitely go thrifting with a mission but also keep your eyes open for possibility.
My Favourite Thrifted Finds
My favourite Salvation Army Thrift Stores are…
1451 Fell Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Fell Avenue is awesome for furniture & home decor finds.
241 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Lonsdale Avenue is my go to place for clothing and accessories. I’ve scored a few MATT & NAT bags here!
Thanks to the Salvation Army Thrift Store!
Get in Touch
Say hello . . . 604.354.5811
Drop me a line . . . email@example.com
Find me at . . . www.denisecorcoran.com
Crafty adventures via . . . www.thriftybydesign.ca
Upcycling awesomeness at . . . www.craftingwithcrap.com
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Keep up to date at . . . www.instagram.com/deniseccorcoran