Thrift Boutique Visit

Greetings Family,

We recently went on a Field Trip to a Wonderful Thrift Boutique. The Independently owned thrift is called Gilda Designer Thrift Boutique. The wonderful owner Gilda was gracious enough to allow us to interview her for our 1st Thrift in Time live blog post.

Name:Gilda Designer Thrift Boutique
Location: 2419 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
b/t Western Ave & Artesian Ave
Humboldt Park, West Town

Chicago has some of the best independent thrifts and I am very happy to introduce you to Gilda. This designer thrift has a mix of new and gently used treasures. The atmosphere is set as soon as you walk in. With Vivid displays and a wonderful presentation Gilda welcomes you no invites you to explore touch and look. Truly a visual feast for the senses.

On this day it was a beautiful afternoon and we decided to just be ourselves and Gilda herself is a very elegant yet down to earth woman just like her beautiful boutique. I decided to purchase a Beautiful silk kimono that I will have modified by my Fashioner (Seamster) and also a parasol for bright sunny days. Great to keep the Sun off of you.

Per usual I have included my mural finds around the Chi.  I hope you enjoy.  Picture 11 is my co-worker I met at at the thrift in a random way.

My look for this day was a total of thrift and artist made.

Earrings-Beauty supply store $1
Necklaces Artist made $5
Afro lady T-Shirt-New
Camo belt-$2
Denim jeans-$4

Purchased from Gilda
Kimono $25
Parasol $8

As always thank you for reading and all are welcome. Lurkers, readers, those who like to just look. But comments are always welcome.

Here is a link to the Life Video Let me know what you think.

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    I love your outfit even before the kimono - the top and the pants are both fab. The kimono will be a nice addition to your wardrobe.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Photo #2 is a gem. 

  • Roxanna replied 4 years ago

    That kimono is THE BUSINESS. You have such spunk!

  • viva replied 4 years ago

    Those jeans are amazing!!! Love this set of pictures and the sound of your entire day (as always).

  • minimalist replied 4 years ago

    you are ROCKING it ALL!

  • Kristin L replied 4 years ago

    That kimono is fantastic!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    KL, Amy K, Roxanna I loved the Kimono as soon as I saw it. It was a bit over my price range but I had not been thrifting in a while and this was a piece from the thrift gods. lol

    Viva I have 4 pair of these jeans bought while thrifting. Love them and great for working and moving in.

    Angie. I'm learning to love my smile and Gilda is fanfreakentastic

    JAileen I've feel like after Tem my other works his magic on it.  Adding Denim to it it will be fantastic 

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    So tell us, how are you having the kimono altered??

    (Sounds like a fun outing ^^ And as always, another wonderful mural.)

  • marianna replied 4 years ago

    Just watched your live video... so good!!! You're really great on camera. VERY entertaining and fun to watch! Well done.

  • Thistle replied 4 years ago

    Ooooh, love those jeans! Glad you had a fab trip.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love this. Will check out the video later. Thanks!

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    I love seeing all the murals - it reminds me of the ones I see when I go home to Philly.
    Those jeans are amazing, and you are rockin' that kimono!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Katie Philly must have some great murals

    Shevia I appreciate the feedback and hope you get a chance to watch.

    Thistle awe the jeans are very comfortable.

    Marianna thank you for watching and your wonderful feedback.

    Aida I'm ask Tem to sew denim around the edges of the frayed and cut collar. Believe me I will show all the family when done.

  • Bijou replied 4 years ago

    I love your new kimono and how you saw the potential in this piece. Your interview is wonderful, you really showcased Gilda, her talent for thrifting and her beautiful store. Ledonna, you are 100% correct when you said "you create your own atmosphere", this reminds us all to live life to the full.

  • skylurker replied 4 years ago

    I enjoy the murals.
    That kimono needs to be hemmed no ? Looks too long.
    I like your tee and sailor pants.

  • Lucy replied 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh what a fabulous kimono! You will get so much pleasure out of it! Loved the story too. 

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    Goddess in picture 1! Love it!
    Looks like a great place and what amazing murals.

  • sylvie55 replied 4 years ago

    I adore your thrift shop finds! We should have regular "thrifted" threads on the blog. I have a bunch of new treasures I need to post images of. Now I want to go to Chicago so I can check out the fabulous Gilda and her store ... love that town.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Bijou living life we are only promised right now.  Go ahead and set your own atmosphere and mood. Love it.

    Skylurker  you are right.  I like the way it sweeps the ground so I'm not sure yet.  I may want to wear with heels and flats.  Tem will be adding denim trim to the whole piece.

    Lucy thank you so much. I am actually going to place it on my art wall when not wearing it.  I cannot wait. 

    Momo it is a great treasure trove. I did not even spotlight the dishware and the other little nuggets. 

    Sylvie55 your welcome to the Chi anytime.  Please post I know I post in off topic sometimes.  I love sharing and seeing finds.

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