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Back to School With Value Village

The #IGiveAShirt Campaign By Value Village

This back-to-school shopping season, Value Village is challenging people to come together to save 700 million gallons of water through one simple act: replacing one new t-shirt purchase with a thrifted one. If Value Village gets 1 million people to choose a thrifted t-shirt in place of a new one, it’ll be the equivalent of saving over 1,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools full of water, before the first bell rings.
People can show off their thrifted tees and support this effort by using the hashtag #IGiveaShirt.

Back-to-School Savings

The National Retail Federation reported that parents plan to spend over $360 on clothing and shoes in 2016 – but there’s no need to spend that much. Knowing how quickly kids go through clothing, shoes, books and toys, shoppers choosing thrift help the environment and their pocketbook too. In fact, shoppers can save 70-90 percent on back-to-school basics compared to other retailers, with a full wardrobe for $100 or less. 96 percent of all items sold at Savers are priced under $10 and the average sale price of items in the kids section are $3.00.

Value Village

I checked out Value Village recently and here’s what $50 got me! Three brand new-to-me outfits! img 7657

Here’s me out on the farm with Chef Chris Whittaker in my newly acquired wares.

Thrift Shopping Tips 

  • Never have an expectation for finding a certain item, keep an open mind. You might go in for a dress and come out with an awesome top instead.
  • While you’re thrift hunting, look for timeless pieces. Denim, cashmere and silk are fabrics that will never go out of style and can be purchased secondhand for much less than buying new! Also keep in mind that interesting prints are always a fun trend to incorporate and Savers is the perfect place to find those unique pieces.
  • Browse a department you wouldn’t usually shop in and don’t limit yourself to size. Some of the best blazers, cardigans and shirts for women can be found in the men’s or boy’s departments. Interesting fashions can also be found by taking something in a larger size and adding a belt.
  • Get creative and look beyond the clothing that is right in front of you. A little DIY magic can give just about any secondhand clothing item a fresh breath of new life. You can take a skirt or men’s shirt, add a belt and you have a brand new dress!
  • Wear something simple, such as flats, leggings and a tank top so that you can try items on as you shop.
  • When in doubt—grab it, and try it on. You never know!
  • Don’t be shy and look closely at clothing and accessory items so that you can get a sense of the quality and craftsmanship. For example, look for textiles made in the USA, Canada, Italy and Spain – known for high quality fabrics and leather goods.
  • Thrift shopping is always better with friends! Bring a few shopping buddies and make it a competition to see who picks up the best hidden thrift treasure.

Prêt-A-Pour-Tea Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Prêt-A-Pour-Tea is the ultimate Gal’s Day Out!  It is an afternoon fundraising luncheon for 200+ fabulous women and fashion, served high tea style, in Vancouver.

Now in its 5th year, Prêt has become synonymous with being a high quality, fun day of bonding & laughs with the gals, sipping pink bubbly, enjoying a delectable lunch while viewing fashions provided by Vancouver Designers and Retailers and shopping – silent auction style, all for a great cause!

With the introduction of “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” theme, Prêt-A-Pour-Tea is now becoming known for the fashionable millinery atop each ladies head.  With prizes for the most chic & outrageous hats, this year promises to be better than ever!

Tickets for Prêt-A-Pour-Tea are $125 (plus HST) Tables of 8 are available at $1,000 (plus HST).  VIP tables of 8 are available at $1,400 (plus GST).


Building upon our highly successful Prêt-A-Pour-Tea ~ High Tea & High Fashion daytime fundraising event for breast cancer, we are proud to present Prêt-A-Pour-Nuit which ups the ante and lights up the night!  Prêt-A-Pour-Nuit will be an evening filled with glamour and sophistication as the Masik Studio is transformed into a wonderland for the senses including a gala dinner, entertaining headline acts and a provocative fashion show!

Without a doubt, Prêt-A-Pour-Nuit is certain to become one of Vancouver’s “must attend” dates on the social calendar.

Tickets for Prêt-A-Pour-Nuit are $225 each (plus HST), $400 per couple (plus HST) or $1600 for a table of 8 (plus HST).  VIP tables of 8 will be $2200 (plus HST).

Tickets and further information for Prêt-A-Pour-Tea  and/or Prêt-A-Pour-Nuit are available by calling the Ask A Woman Events office at 604-742-0453 or email info@askawomanenterprises.com.
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Maenam – Now open on Fourth


Chef Angus An recently closed  Gastropod so he could begin a new project, an authentic Thai restaurant named Maenam.  The food here is the real thing.  Sauces and seasonings have been tested and restested until they reached that perfect balance of salty, sweet and spicy.  The wine list complements the food, while touring about the new and old world and the cocktails are unique and delicious.  This place has been packed before it even officially opened.  It’s the new hot kid in town.  (pic = pad thai)

1938 w 4th ave Vancouver
Phone 604-730-5579

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