Where Your Clothes End Up
Jan21

Where Your Clothes End Up

From Old Clothing to a New Blanket. The short Documentary ‘Unravel’ (available in full here) directed and produced by Meghna Gupta and Gigi Berardi for Soul Rebel Films takes us on the journey of our clothing cast offs. There is a good chance that some of your charity donations may have headed across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior to be recycled from fashion cast offs to recycled yarn blankets. Unwanted...

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DIY: Reusable Up-Cycled Book Cover
Sep01

DIY: Reusable Up-Cycled Book Cover

There was nothing more exciting than a new book cover at the start of the school term! My favourite part of every school semester was creating a new book cover for my school books. Back in those days I would spend hours collaging all my favourite band images and feminist quotes (yes… I was a raging feminist and punk music fan with a passion for human rights…not too much has changed) onto the front of my new notebooks...

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Label Love Op-Shop Edition: Whiskey and White.
Aug30

Label Love Op-Shop Edition: Whiskey and White.

  Who loves vintage china but hates seeing it sit around their house collecting dust? Me too!!!! As much as I enjoy ogling all the pretties in thrift stores I can’t bring myself to start a china collection because quite frankly I am far too lazy to have to dust or wash the stuff. When my dear friend from Retrobutterfly Vintage let me in on this incredible label I let our an audible yip of joy! Whiskey and White is the Etsy...

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DIY: Alter Your Thrift, Alter Your Life!
Aug29

DIY: Alter Your Thrift, Alter Your Life!

Got Some Thrifted Gold that Doesn’t Fit Quite Right? Never fear! There are loads of DIY ideas on how to alter thrift to fit your style. While I could sit here and come up with a bunch of DIY’s alterations posts I am far too lazy for that. Instead I have used my science research prowess to find a whole collection of alteration tutorials and inspiration out there in blog land. The following is a list of resources to help you...

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DIY: Doily Bunting Flags
Aug28

DIY: Doily Bunting Flags

  Try finding an Op-shop Without Doilies… I dare ya! Doilies… beautiful but kind of pointless. Yes, they are good for putting under stuff, highlighting porcelain ornaments, or perhaps protecting a table top… but quite frankly who can be bother with having all these little bits of beautiful fabric to have to dust around and wash. Not me! This doily bunting is an idea that I came up with when my Nan passed away...

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Top Ten Thrifting Inspo Bloggers
Aug27

Top Ten Thrifting Inspo Bloggers

  Following on From Yesterdays Thrift Voyeur Post… Let’s continue the theme of celebrating a love of thrift by web-stalking some of thrift styling’s leading ladies. Whether you already have a passion for thrifting or are perhaps a little thrift-curious here are ten wonderful op-shop fashionistas in no particular order who should whet your appetite for second hand style.     Fashion Hound Faye Delanty...

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Celebrating Thrift: My Favourite Thrifted Things
Aug26

Celebrating Thrift: My Favourite Thrifted Things

  Celebrate What You Love! After last week’s set of fact heavy blog posts featuring all things science, sustainability, and fashion it can’t hurt too much to be a little fun and frivolous for this weeks National Op-Shop Week Celebrations. Thrifting, op-shopping, secondhand shopping, whatever you want to call it, there is no denying the thrill of finding that special second-hand something can be a pretty magic moment....

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Events: National Op-Shop Week
Aug24

Events: National Op-Shop Week

  Welcome to National Op-Shop week. Australia’s week long celebration of all things thrifty! Just in case you’re ‘not from around these parts’ (and from the looks of Google Analytics most of you are in the USA), ‘Op-Shopping’ is what us Aussies call thrifting. Op-shop is short for ‘opportunity shop’ which are charity run secondhand clothing stores where the proceeds of donated goods...

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Events: Wardrobe Warriors
May05

Events: Wardrobe Warriors

  Sunday the 26th of April I was fortunate enough to attend (on a total whim) the Wardrobe Warriors Market at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds in Brisbane. Hubby had been sick with the flu so I decided to get out early on Sunday morning and go for a trip to Brisbane and leave him to rest quietly without me making loud whizz-bang smoothies in the kitchen and singing to the dog. My poor Mr. still hasn’t quite made a full recovery...

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Shopping Second Hand and Vintage
Apr21

Shopping Second Hand and Vintage

  What’s a month of discussion about fashion and environment without the fun of second hand and vintage shopping!!!! Shopping secondhand and vintage is one of the best ways to buy clothing as no new resources were required for you to update your wardrobe. In fact shopping secondhand is recycling. Better still many places that you can buy second hand clothing from support a charity with the funds raised. Here in Australia...

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