5 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE THRIFTERS

5 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE THRIFTERS

I could talk alllllllll day about why we should all be thrifters but I know time is money, so in a nutshell here’s my top five just in time for National Op Shop Week from 27 August – 2 September. DO IT FOR THE PLANET – #ICYMI 6000 kilograms of textiles goes to...
TWEED DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE

TWEED DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE

This tweed blazer is proof that dreams really do come true. I had it on my opshop wishlist for a few weeks and finally ‘found the one’ for $5 at Studio Thrifty 4 on the weekend!! *insert happy cat with heart shaped eyes emoji here* Tweed jackets are having a major...
SECONDHAND STAPLES

SECONDHAND STAPLES

If you don’t have an opshop wish list put these five secondhand staples on it! Every wardrobe needs them and they’re a dime a dozen in thrift shops! WHITE SHIRT I’ve thrifted so many white collars over the years I have a whole section in my wardrobe dedicated to...
10 COMMANDMENTS OF OPSHOPPING

10 COMMANDMENTS OF OPSHOPPING

1. Plan your itinerary…especially if you’re shopping on a Saturday when most op shop volunteers like to have an early mark. Start with the ones that close first and go from there. Click here to find the op shops around you. 2. Have a vision of the look you want...
RECYCLED RUFFLES

RECYCLED RUFFLES

Not going to lie, I was watching MBFWA like a hawk last week…I love getting fresh style inspo and then creating the looks for less with recycled garments! Ruffles ruled the runway in multiple collections, so here are five Fashion Week inspired ruffle outfits for...
DIY FLORAL DENIM JACKET

DIY FLORAL DENIM JACKET

Don’t know about you, but I’m loving the floral feels on denim jackets this winter. Only thing is, I’m not feeling the price tag, so here’s a cheap and charitable way to get the look for a lot less… Your first step is to find a blank canvas at your local...
BRISBANE’S BEST OPSHOPS FOR FIRST-TIMERS

BRISBANE’S BEST OPSHOPS FOR FIRST-TIMERS

Never stepped foot inside a thrift store? We’ve collated the top five secondhand stores for first-timers in Brisbane, so maybe now’s the time! Think boutique-style stores with fresh fit outs and a curated collection of high-end garments that won’t max out your...
DIY RUFFLE SHIRT

DIY RUFFLE SHIRT

Ruffles are really having a fashion moment right now, so if you want to work them into your wardrobe without breaking the bank, Unmaterial Girl, Leah, has got the DIY down! A few weeks ago I was flicking the latest Marie Claire when an amazing $440 ruffle shirt by...
MAKE YOUR MARK

MAKE YOUR MARK

Everyone seems to be embroidering and monogramming at the moment, from personalising wallets, handbags and hats to even clothing! But before your fork out the big bucks for this luxe touch, try it the thrifty way! After seeing A Pair & A Spare’s blog on...
MAKE YOUR HANDBAG THE HERO

MAKE YOUR HANDBAG THE HERO

We’ve all been there…staring at the wardrobe and not knowing what to wear. Sometimes the key to finding inspiration is picking a hero piece and going from there. I either like to work from the ground up letting my footwear set the pace, or if I’m really...
OPSHOPPING FOR MUMMIES

OPSHOPPING FOR MUMMIES

All my life I’ve prided myself on being a thrifting ninja…that was until two years ago, when JT arrived! From that point on opshopping has been no mean feat, so if you’re doing the mum juggle like me, but still want to search for secondhand style, here’s my top...
MAKE IT A MERRY THRIFTMAS

MAKE IT A MERRY THRIFTMAS

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and if you don’t want to max your credit card this silly season, skip your local shopping mall and try scoring some secondhand goods at your local thrift store! Aside from saving you A LOT OF COIN, there are so many good...
Thriftovers

Thriftovers

Need some sustainable style, but don’t have the gift of thrift? Or need a wardrobe overhaul that won’t break the bank? Look no further than a thriftover! Take two hours out of your hectic schedule to shop on a shoestring with your very own thrifting ninja and stylist,...
MELBOURNE’S TOP FIVE OPSHOPS

MELBOURNE’S TOP FIVE OPSHOPS

Melbourne is a mecca for opshopping so I thought I better call on one of my favourite thrifting compadres, Emily from Blue Umbrella Lane, to spill the beans on the secondhand hot spots down south. Here’s her top five… 1. Brotherhood of St Laurence Address:...
SHOW SOME SHOULDER FOR $4

SHOW SOME SHOULDER FOR $4

Everywhere you turn someone’s showing some shoulder and whether it’s one or both, this trend is definitely one to try, so why not DIY? Thrift a large men’s shirt and bust out some ultra basic sewing skills for a new look… And when I say basic, I mean...
TOP FIVE SYDNEY THRIFTING SPOTS

TOP FIVE SYDNEY THRIFTING SPOTS

Meet Tina Abeysekara : Trash 2 Treasured Sydney fashion blogger, who treats shopping like a treasure hunt and loves a sneaky session at the opshops! If this Zara blazer she scored at her local Vinnies for $20 is anything to go by, you’ll be wanting to put her...
CLUTCH TIME

CLUTCH TIME

Handbags: not only are they handy for carrying all of the things, they have the power to transform even the most basic look! Bag a back pack, tote, satchel or clutch at your local thriftstore and you’ll have more moola to put inside said bag! This diamond clutch was...
SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

Don’t be afraid to play with proportions when it comes to thrifting. Opshops are the one place where size doesn’t matter and you can actually shop every rack from children’s wear to plus size…you’d be surprised at what actually fits you from each end of...
SCARF SET

SCARF SET

Scarves can transform the blandest of outfits in a flash, so if your ensemble needs a little somethin-somethin try lassoing one around your neck! It’s an easy trend to try and the best part about it is there are always so many scarves at secondhand stores starting...
JOIN THE FOLD

JOIN THE FOLD

If you haven’t already purchased some pleats, maybe it’s time you joined the fold! For the ultimate street style look try a midi skirt with some fresh kicks and a white tee. Not only will you look ultra cute, but you’ll be ultra comfortable! Who said fashion has to...
PRIMARY COLOURS

PRIMARY COLOURS

To make a statement on the street try a palette of primary colours. Bold hues are having their hay-day so embrace power colours like red and royal blue, teaming them with a neutral base such as black or white to balance the look out. Most opshops colour block their...
THE CLASH

THE CLASH

If you want to take to the street in an edgy ensemble try clashing prints. Leopard spots and stripes make for a good entry level print on print look, and it’s super easy to find an abundance of those textile styles at your local thrift store. Each day of National Op...
SECONDHAND STREET STYLE

SECONDHAND STREET STYLE

From clashing prints and customisations, to playful proportions and pops of colour, anything goes on the sidewalk…so what better place to find those unique pieces to set you apart on the street, than your local thriftstore? Not only is recycling garments kind on...
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

If you missed Revive yesterday, I’m pretty sure you’re going to get a little FOMO seeing all the snaps from this secondhand fashion festival in Brisbane, so maybe just stop reading now! From pop up opshops by Vinnies, Salvos, Endeavour, Save the Children...
BRISBANE’S TOP FIVE THRIFTING SPOTS

BRISBANE’S TOP FIVE THRIFTING SPOTS

Ok, so I’m going to let the cat out of the thrifted bag! Here’s my top five thrifting spots for Brisbane… Yesterday’s Thriftstore, Rosalie This opshop has so many rooms you could actually get lost! It was converted from a house so there’s eight...
OPSHOPPING IS EASY LIKE A SUNDAY MORNING

OPSHOPPING IS EASY LIKE A SUNDAY MORNING

We’ve all been there…Sunday rolls around and you’ve missed your weekend opshopping window. All you can think about is the fact that you’ll have to wait another week to get your thrift on. Wrong. Turns out 30 opshops across Brisbane open their...
OPSHOP REGRET

OPSHOP REGRET

Ever had an indecisive moment about making a purchase at an opshop and left the item behind? I think we’ve all been there and we’ve all kicked ourselves when we got home because a) most of the time the item was cheaper than a cheeseburger and b) your purchase would...
LATE NIGHT OPSHOPPING

LATE NIGHT OPSHOPPING

If you’re a nine to fiver and can’t get your opshopping ‘fix’ during the working week, your day is just about to get better. Forget your late night shopping bender at your local mall, on the last Thursday of every month head to Windsor Road...
ZION BARGAIN CENTRE

ZION BARGAIN CENTRE

You know an opshop is going to be a goldmine when it’s tucked away on a side street in an obscure location. I only found out about Zion Bargain Centre in Nundah because they listed their store on the Garage Sale Trail site last October. Since then it’s fast become one...