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The Vinnies $20 Outfit Challenge

This challenge was almost too easy. Vinnies asked me to take part in another sartorial challenge to celebrate VAMFF (Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival), and to help promote awareness about the help that Vinnies provides to those in need. Now, I generally don't go into an op shop thinking about how my purchase will help some one. I'm aware of...

The Vinnies #NewYearNewStyle Challenge

Vinnies approached me earlier this year to be a part of their #NewYearNewStyle bloggers challenge.   What was the challenge? To wear 10 pieces of pre-loved clothing for 14 days – you could choose any 10 you liked, but the outfits had to work around those key 10. (You can see the original images on Instagram.)     And lets be honest (whether pre-loved...

Win Gold Class with the RSPCA

The RSPCA is holding a competition to celebrate National Op Shop Week – and the prize? A Village Gold Class experience valued at $159. I have been invited to help promote and judge the competition on behalf of Melbourne Girl (where I am a feature writer). I love shopping for a good cause, so how could I say no? RSPCA Victoria has 15...

The Vinnies Winter Styling Challenge

Ninety per cent of my clothing is purchased second hand. My main objective when op-shopping is to find good, quality pieces; or to trial an on-trend item to see if it will work with my wardrobe. I was delighted when Vinnies Victoria asked me to take part in their Winter Styling Challenge. The objective is to get the word out that a second...

The Storehouse Charity Inc. op shop in Windsor

The Storehouse Charity Inc. op shop is one of my favourite stores in the Windsor precinct – remember the lime green Balenciaga bag? That bag was from this store. This store has some of the best designer clothing on offer that I've ever seen in an op shop. They also get in a fabulous range of bags and accessories. Although that's also a...

My backyard wedding

I was never one of those girls who dreamed about my wedding. So, it came as a surprise how much I enjoyed planning my own wedding. Beau and I got married on Easter Saturday. It was an amazing day, and everything went surprisingly smoothly. We decided just after Christmas that we would have wedding then, so it was a whirlwind of...

The Op Shop – a short film

Volunteers may empathise with this video... I don't want to give it away, but it's worth a watch!   Or try this link if the video doesn't work.

Balenciaga dreams do come true!

I had an op-shop experience last week that made me believe dreams really can come true. A friend and I set out for an afternoon of op-shopping on Saturday. The glorious sunshine made my friend implore me to stop for a drink (hey, I only had lemonade – I was driving!) before our shopping trip. Fate? Maybe. Because the first op-shop...

A wedding dress on a budget

Some readers may remember I wrote a post last year about my feelings on buying a second-hand wedding dress. My opinions haven't changed since I got engaged, and so a little while ago I invited my sisters (a.k.a. bridesmaids) to go on a wedding dress op-shopping day with me.     Things learned on this trip: 1. Always, always take some one with you....

The Red Cross ‘Recycle Love’ call out

Calling all designers and artists! The Red Cross on Bridge Road is looking for volunteers to help create an upcycling recycled fashion event. This store always has fabulous merchandising and possibly the friendliest staff ever. I'm hoping to get involved later with this myself.     Here is the brief if you are interested: 'RECYCLE LOVE' AT THE RED CROSS, BRIDGE ROAD This is...