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How to RESTYLE recycled fashion

28 Oct

One of my favourite things about opshopping is the huge array of fashion styles spanning decades that you might find in a single shop. For an imaginative person this is great fun and if you’re like me whose style is non specific bordering on schizophrenic its the perfect way to shop, but many people tell me they struggle with the idea of making a 1980’s jacket work into their current wardrobe. My advice is to leave your signature style at the door and enter op shops with an open mind. Try on things you love but have never been game to try in a retail shop, take a risk. The small outlay in cash for a pre-loved item means fashion can be fun again. This is not investment shopping or even a planned purchase. Op shopping is spontaneous, surprising and I think more rewarding than buying retail.

In August I participated in a fashion challenge on Instagram. I must admit to being a much more prolific Instagrammer than a blogger so if you’d love to see more of my second-hand finds and haunts you can follow me here. The RESTYLE challenge was run by the Perth Fashion Festival. Each day presented a new theme to restyle a pre-loved fashion piece.

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Here’s a selection of my entries into the Restyle challenge. What do you think?

Collar - Men's YSL shirt with a beautiful suede tie.

Collar – Men’s YSL shirt with a beautiful suede tie.

Button Down - a have a few thrifted denim jackets but this one is is a fave.

Button Down – I have a few thrifted denim jackets but this LEE Riders one is is a fave.

Fringed - everything in this shot is thrifted - the Aldo bag, the vintage mags, even the mat!

Fringed – everything in this shot is thrifted – the Aldo bag, the vintage mags, even the mat!

Classic - the Claudia Strater silk knit top, the Ellery scarf & the silver/copper earrings were all found second hand.

Classic – the Claudia Strater silk knit top, the Ellery scarf & the silver/copper earrings were all found second-hand.

The DIY challenge was about modifing a pre-loved garment. This top had big ruffled sleeves that I simply cut into fringe for an edgier look.

The DIY challenge was about modifying a pre-loved garment. This top had big ruffled sleeves that I simply cut into fringe for an edgier look.

Graphic - a fave Lola Vs Harper top found in an op shop still with the tags attached.

Graphic – a fave Lola Vs Harper top found in an op shop still with the tags attached.

Arm Candy - all of these silver bangles were found second hand and most of them I wear everyday.

Arm Candy – all of these silver bangles were found second-hand and most of them I wear everyday.

Tomboy - This outfit cost a total of $9. Ksubi denim cut offs, muscle shirt & Converse.

Tomboy – This outfit cost a total of $9. Ksubi denim cut offs, muscle shirt & Converse.

Knit - Someone knitted this super long, super soft scarf with love & now I'm loving wearing it.

Knit – Someone knitted this super long, super soft scarf with love & now I’m loving wearing it.

Monochrome - The leather Kahlo shorts, Zara top & graphic Converse all thrifted finds.

Monochrome – The leather Kahlo shorts, Zara top & graphic Converse all thrifted finds.

Spots - I wish I could find more spotted clothing, they are so much fun! This knit & the satin Wittner heels are both op shops finds.

Spots – I wish I could find more spotted clothing, they are so much fun! This knit & the satin Wittner heels are both op shops finds.

Cropped - thrifted leather Damselfly vest worn back the front. All the jewellery is pre-loved.

Cropped – thrifted leather Damselfly vest worn back the front. All the jewellery is pre-loved.

Outerwear - This felt Brixton hat is a favourite in winter and it only cost me $4

Outerwear – This felt Brixton hat is a favourite in winter and it only cost me $4

 

These challenges are pretty hard work but I find them very rewarding. I love seeing what everyone comes up with everyday and meeting so many like-minded op shoppers. It creates a little community but also a melting pot of ideas. Here are some of my fave posts by other Instagrammers during the challenge.

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Aren’t they just fabulous? So much fabulousness! Go forth & follow them on Instagram.

 

 

 

Op shop haul from Tasmania

16 Feb

Recently we had the absolute pleasure of exploring a good chunk of Tasmania. I love so many things about this island state that I could happily move there if it wasn’t for the cold. Cold weather and I are not friends. As always in our travels we seek out every market we can find and pop into every op shop we pass by. Here’s a visual feast of just some of our secondhand buys.

Found this bag for $8 at Cygnet Market, then daughter promptly stole it.

Found this bag for $8 at Cygnet Market. Daughter promptly stole it.

Glass bead earrings $2. Love these!

Glass bead earrings $2. Love these!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I picked this paper bead necklace up in an op shop in Burnie for $1 after just admiring them and chatting the the artist herself at The Markers Workshop just up the road.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I picked up this paper bead necklace in an op shop for $1 after just admiring them and chatting the artist herself at The Makers Workshop just up the road in Burnie.

Glomesh Bag is great condition. I especially love the chain on the strap.

Glomesh Bag in great condition. I especially love the chain on the strap.

Such a cool book for imaginative kids and only $1

Such a cool book for imaginative kids and only $1

Yes that's me! Hello. Driving from Hobart to the West coast of Tassie it suddenly became very cold, 9 degrees and raining sideways. I didn't find any snow jackets but did unearth this warm two tone scarf for $4 from a country op shop.

Yes that’s me! Hello. Driving from Hobart to the West coast of Tassie it suddenly became very cold, 9 degrees and raining sideways. I didn’t find any snow jackets but did unearth this warm two-tone scarf for $4 from a country op shop.

Beautiful beaded clutch from Launceston.

Beautiful beaded clutch from Launceston.

You know that saying, you never know what you could find in an op shop? Well its entirely true! I was a little beside myself when I found this red back spider costume in an op shop in Wynyard for $3.

You know that saying, you never know what you could find in an op shop? Well it’s entirely true! I was a little beside myself when I found this red back spider costume in an op shop in Wynyard for $3.

So there you go, what do you think? It’s always thrilling to shop like this on holidays but also restricting. I have to be constantly reminding myself about baggage restrictions and putting the larger items back on the shelf, sigh. What do you buy on holidays?

As much as I love sharing our adventures, hauls and reviews of the places we go I must admit to being a very slack blogger. I simply lack the time (or dedication?) to write the damn things. I constantly write posts in my head, does that count? I am however an avid Instagram poster. So follow us here for pics of all our hauls and a sneak peek at us.

Haul List – Kirribilli Fashion Market

11 Aug

Spring has arrived early in Sydney this year and there has been none of the blustery August winds, just glorious sunny days. Loving it! It is perfect market weather and we have been taking every opportunity to get out amongst the stalls every weekend. Today we headed for one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge where the Kirribilli market runs nearby its northern foundation in Bradfield Park.

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Kirribilli runs a few different markets but today was the fashion market where the whole bowling green is stacked with stalls selling pre-loved fashion. Most of it designer threads and at least 90% of it for women so it’s a fab girls day out. Leave your man in the food area to sample all the great cuisines from around the world and soak up some tunes by the live band of the day.

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I love this market – stunning location, awesome food, live music, art & craft stalls as well as a huge number of second-hand stalls but I struggle with the higher price tags. Yes this is North Sydney and yes most of the preloved goods on offer are designer but I’ve been spoiled by op shop prices and just can’t bring myself to pay $10 for a generic second-hand scarf when I usually only pay $1. The Hunter in me knows that shopping below eye level yields good results in pocket friendly terms. So remember to look what’s on the ground and rummage through the boxes & bags of clothing under the racks of higher priced clothes.

Here is some of what we found today.

Converse $10 a pair. LOVE the gold ones with the zipper detail!

Converse $10 a pair. LOVE the gold ones with the zipper detail!

Sportsgirl scarf $3

Sportsgirl scarf $3

Sass & Bide pants $5.  S&B Vie Love what you love without hesitation.

Sass & Bide pants $5.
S&B Vie Love what you love without hesitation.

5 x Deus ex Machina T-shirts and a cap for only $15!

5 x Deus ex Machina T-shirts and a cap for only $15!

My man was stoked when I found these shirts in a bag marked $5 each. By the time I’d sifted through the entire bag and accumulated a few other items the stallholder offered us a greatly reduced price, almost half the listed price so it always pays to buy in bulk. Friendly chatter with the stallholder will always work in your favour also.

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Kirribilli Fashion Market runs every 2nd Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm in Bradfeild Park.

Haul list: Blacktown Drive In Market

25 Mar

This morning I met my father & sister at Blacktown Drive In market. My dad instructed me to make sure my station wagon was empty as he somehow always manages to find something enormous to buy. Today it was those big padded things that wrap around goal posts and a tackle bag along with an 8 water bottle carrier for his 2 grandsons who just started playing NRL. Dad got the lot for $50. I just looked them up and the gear is worth over $500! So after he loaded my car with these massive foam things and other miscellaneous purchases, my sister tipped the boat. She’d discovered a beautiful big wooden coffee table with built-in blanket drawers for only $70. We considered trying to get it up onto my roof racks but is was too hefty. We had to call in reinforcements, my husband with his 4WD.

Some days you find nothing but some days you find so much its a little overwhelming. Today was so productive that I didn’t even get to cover the whole market because after a number of runs back to the car to drop off purchases I eventually ran out of cash. That’s my cut off point. So what did I buy this morning? Lots of fashion, some of it designer for next to nothing.

A $3 Buddhist Punk top, Tsubi Lean Bean blackstich jeans $3. Three hoodies – Running Bare, Russell Athletic and Champion $2 each.

Tsubi Lean Bean blackstitch jeans

Chanel Irreelle Ombre multi effects in 25 Halo (Bronze). That’s a $55 eyeshadow for a tiny $2 folks.

Chanel Irreelle Ombre 25 Halo

Multi coloured Ray Ban wayfarers for 50c. My daughter is obsessed with this style of sunglasses and has several pairs though these will be her first Ray Bans. Not bad for a 10yr old!

A Black Wayne Cooper top, leather jackets in black & butter all for a mere $10 in total!

Gorgeous silk dresses $3 a piece. A bronze Morrissey mini and a petrol green Hussy Rainshower dress with the $389 price tag still attached!

Hussy Rainshower dress

On top of all that was the usual haul of kids clothes & shoes, and a leopard print cardigan because well you know I’ve only got three.

Want some? Then come get it. Blacktown Drive In Market is open Sunday mornings. You can get all the info and The Hunter Gatherers inside perspective here.

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