pre-loved clothing & value village

When it comes to where most clothes from my closet are found, Value Village is the answer. If not for these stores filled to the brim with second hand garments, I would never know the true poetry which lives in the fabric and touch of a pre-loved dress or blouse. I would never know the joy of scouring through the racks only to find something that calls to me like paint on an old barn. Many hours I have stood in their dressing rooms, unaware of size or advertisements, only there to pick clothes which encourage the telling of my story. 

Visits to the thrift store have further cemented my love for self-expression and the pursuit of strangeness and beauty in what could be a rather ordinary life. I go there like some go to easels or others go to whiskey. I go there because it's easy to be yourself in places like this. Following the herd was made for meerkats and buffaloes, not for wild eyed me.
If you're living in Calgary and looking to part from a few or many articles of clothing, consider bringing them to a Value Village donation drop spot. These donation drop spots give gently used goods a second life while also supporting Calgary's local Canadian Diabetes Association, Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, and The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Value Village pays them for every donation made by everyday people like you or I!

Here is a list of Donation Drop Spots & their respective non profit partners:
Brentwood Village 3630 Brentwood Road NW Calgary, AB T2L-1K8
·         10 am to 7 pm
·         Supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
 Glenmore Landing 1600 90th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2V-5A8
·         M-F 10 to 6 pm, S-S 9 to 5 pm
·         Supports Inclusion Alberta
 Northgate Village Shopping 495 36th Street NE Calgary, AB T2A-6K3
·         9 to 7 pm
·         Supports Canadian Diabetes Association
 Beacon Hill Shopping Center 11420 Sarcee Trail Northwest Calgary, AB T3R-OA1
·         10 to 7 pm
·         Supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
 Rio-Can Shawnessy 225 Shawville Blvd SE Calgary, AB T2Y-3H9
·         9 to 7 pm
·         Supports Canadian Diabetes Association
 Rio Can Signal Hill Richmond Road & Sarcee Trail Calgary, AB T3E-3XB
·         10 to 7 pm
·         Supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
 So. Trail Crossings 4307 130 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2X-3V8
·         10 to 7 pm
·         Supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Southland Crossing 9737 MaCleod Trail SW Calgary AB T2J-0P6
·         M-F 9:30 to 6 pm, S-S 10 to 6 pm
·         Supports The Kidney Foundation of Canada
Southbank Centre 105 Southbank Blvd Okotoks, AB T1S-0G1·
·          10 to 7 pm
·          Supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Lowes Sunridge Centre 2929 Sunridge Way Calgary, AB T1Y-7K7
·         M-F 9 to 8 pm, S-s 10 to 6 pm
·         Supports The Kidney Foundation of Canada

If you'd like to know more about Value Village's sustainability practices, you can find the information here.
Happy thrifting!
outfit details: everything is thrifted from Value Village.


  1. This is such a wonderful post! I absolutely love thrift stores, I'm sure that that's where half of my clothes are from ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Hello! Thank you for the comment ^_^

      I'm going to edit the post. Upon second glance, the "wishing I had the guts to donate my clothes" sounds like I could never consider doing so. When in reality, I'm learning how to narrow down my closet to contain clothes I can wear more than once!

      I always attach memories to my clothes so I have a hard time parting from them. I look at a dress which carried me through an event or a day spent with a friend and I cannot bare to see it leave my closet. I think the time is coming for a closet purge on my end. I need to learn how to live with less.


  3. Aw this is all so cute! The outfit and the location <3

    The Quirky Queer

  4. i love the dress color

  5. Tara T22.10.15

    Your outfits are always whimsical and dreamy. I look forward to each post, I can't wait to see more of your Canadian winter outfits. The snow where you live feels so magical to me especially with your sweet poetry next to it.

    ***hugs from Tara T!

  6. Value Village is before anything else: a compagny there to make money. They give back 5% of their profit to the community, which is ridiculous. They can sell stuff for 200$ and more without being ashamed, I saw a Louis Vuitton bag once on sale for 399$. They sell their things way too pricey,and that's the things we give them. They abuse the people who give theirs items to them and they abuse the people who are buying there. It's not for less fortunate families anymore, these families better go to walmart or target for cheap clothing. Last year, Value Village (and other stores under other names, like savers), they made 1,5 billion $ of profit. I've seen poorly treated employees, and friends who worked there who said it was terrible.

    I hate that I am two faced and that I still shop there often, but I would not make publicity for them.
    I know that you got paid for this article, otherwise you would have talked about thrifting before talking about the store.
    This is another proof that Value Village are not the saints they say they are.

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