BORROWED FROM THE BOYS

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS

If you’re looking to do a DIY fash project, look no further than the humble men's shirts at the thrift shop....they’re so easy to repurpose into on trend pieces! With just a few nips, stitches and tucks you can get the look for less and give these preloved...

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...

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...

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 a...

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 thrift...

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 embroidery I...

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 ‘clutching’...

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 basic...I got a...

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 the...

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...

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 and...

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...

YESTERDAY’S THRIFT SHOP

YESTERDAY’S THRIFT SHOP

This thrift shop has so many rooms you could actually get lost! It was converted from a house so there’s eight to rummage through, including a bargain room where everything is $2 and on Sundays you can fill a bag of garments for $5. I'm still over the moon about these...

TASSEL-HOFF

TASSEL-HOFF

Tassels are timeless. I’m 99% sure of it. Every season at least one designer features tassels in their collection….you could almost put money on it. I made my first tassel purchase in 2010 at the Salvos in Kempsey (NSW) and scored a black tassel jacket for $7.50! It’s...

GOOD SAMARITAN OPSHOP

GOOD SAMARITAN OPSHOP

This treasure trove is a treat to visit and not just because of its wide range of vintage clothing at great prices! The lovely ladies that volunteer at the Good Samaritan are the icing on the cake for an all-round wonderful op shopping experience. Ellen Hartwig...

PRELOVED BOUTIQUE

PRELOVED BOUTIQUE

You really have to be on your game to shop at the Preloved Boutique in Morningside as it’s only open for six hours each week! It’s so worth scheduling a visit in though. The opshop’s been open for seven years and is crammed full of vintage clothing going for between...

SALVOS STORE ROSEBUD

SALVOS STORE ROSEBUD

On my travels to the Mornington Peninsula I stumbled across a Salvos full of amazing vintage pieces on the main drag in Rosebud. From a cabinet of vintage purses and clutches in mint condition between $5-$20, vintage pumps, to a great selection of baggage including a...

THRIFTING GIFTS

THRIFTING GIFTS

I don’t know about you but I feel like every weekend there’s a birthday, engagement party, bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, bar mitzvah or farewell and I’m forever scrambling to rustle up gifts! Don’t get me wrong, I love giving presents but I’m almost...

RED CROSS OPSHOP

RED CROSS OPSHOP

You know it’s going to be a good day when an opshop has sale signs all over its windows! We hit the jackpot at the Red Cross Thrift store in Caloundra a few weeks back with their special offer of 50% off on the second item. I took advantage of it and picked up a few...

STEEPLE OPSHOP

STEEPLE OPSHOP

The Steeple Opshop is far from steep…the day we popped in they were having a 50% off sale…potentially the best day of my life! The place is chockers with goodies. Evidently they’re constantly getting fresh stock and right now they’re overwhelmed with winter stock,...

RED HILL OPSHOP

RED HILL OPSHOP

The dollar rack out the front had me hook, line and sinker. Once inside the opshop door I knew I’d struck vintage gold. From an extensive bag collection, a Cacharel floral blouse for $4, overalls for $5, bric a brac galore, watches for $4 and cat mugs for 50 cents,...

EAT + DRINK + THRIFT

EAT + DRINK + THRIFT

There was eating, drinking and thrift shopping at BMW Brisbane last night, not to mention a fashion show styled with garments from the Salvos and Tum Vintage and modelled by the beauties from Vivien's who were escorted down the runway by pooches provided by Guide Dogs...

SAVE THE CHILDREN TOOWOOMBA

SAVE THE CHILDREN TOOWOOMBA

I pretty much had a blouse bender at the Save the Children Op Shop in Toowoomba…while I was there I scored a Lady Manhattan pussy-bow blouse, a silk cream pussy-bow blouse, a paisley print vintage Katies shirt, a chambray floral shirt and a floral tie up top. They...