3 Reasons Why I Buy Secondhand

1) You save money. Yes, if you have ever managed to find a skirt on the rack from Sportsgirl or Country Road that still has the original store tags and is less than half the price then the benefits (and buzz!) of finding a bargain are a given. This doesn't always happen, however, without doing a … [Read more...]

Five Back-To-Work Outfits For Under Fifty Dollars

Banana Republic outfit

I was lucky enough to be able to make the decision to stay at home as long as I did with the kids until they reached school age. Blogging and writing assisted this, true, but it wasn’t an easy choice. Then the opportunity came along for my current role and as I talked about it on the school … [Read more...]

How You Can Get a Funky Conference Dress For Less Than Ten Dollars

Karen Andrews Minkpink

I knew it was going to be a tall ask, but I've been on the hunt for a bargain after the twenty-five dollar Alannah Hill dress I wore to the Aussie Bloggers Conference last year. Could I improve on that? Turns out - yes. I wore this to the Digital Parents Conference last week and I got it from … [Read more...]

How The Second-Hand Clothing Industry Works

second hand clothing

I have the pleasure of being able to share with readers today an exciting 2012 ‘Thrifty Thursday’ partnership Miscellaneous Mum has made with Savers Australia – The Recycle Superstore. Over the duration of the year I will be occasionally posting about the internationally renowned recycled clothing … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: How Do I Recycle An Old Bicycle?

mountain bike

This is Adam's still very serviceable mountain bike. He rides into the city several times a week and upgraded to a hybrid a while ago. This is because once he stuck to the bike paths (which Melbourne is famous for, and one of the reasons I truly adore it), but now goes on the roads because it's … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: $30 Outfit Challenge – CUE

Today's Thrifty Thursday isn't so much a success story as another 'buyer beware' tale. CUE is indisputably one of my favourite clothing brands to wear. For whatever reason it may be, their sizes, particularly the dresses, have always fitted and suited me. I can't say the same for a lot of other … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: $30 Outfit Challenge – Tokito

This Tokito dress came along just at the right time. I began and ended my month of Frocktober wearing it because, as all Melburnians know, just because it's spring doesn't mean it's going to be warm. Its long sleeves and length are weather appropriate. Add onto this its deep v-neckline which for the … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: $30 Outfit Challenge – PAUW

This grey dress with angular folds by PAUW is lovely and warm to wear, making it perfect for Melbourne winters. Then again, I suppose it ought to be when it is a wool/cashmere blend. The wool factor might be 'scratchy' for some, but it's never really bothered me when it comes to clothing. Its … [Read more...]

Frocktober, Lit Fests and More: Weekend Links

This one will be a bit of a squeeeeze at the moment. Must. Start. Running. Again. I can't believe it's October. October 1st. Three years since Surprise! was officially released. Amazing. I was going through those files the other week, in the cabinet and my email, and it was a refresher of the … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Savers Challenge for #nnb2011

I had some clothes to take and donate to Savers yesterday. Naturally, I could not resist going inside for a quick look. To justify the excursion I made up a little challenge in my head: "What could I buy for this weekend that would be a) otherwise functional and useful and b) pretty?" This is … [Read more...]

Talking dresses and fashion from #ausblogcon2011

I admitted when I wrote the post about packing for the conference last week that I was doing so in quite a frantic and unorganised manner. I packed several dresses in order to have some choices - in case of emergency bloating - and after some last minute indecision (what if it was too dressy for day … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday – Cue, TEMT, Etam, and Julius and Friends

It's been a while since my last Thrifty Thursday installment and there are two very good reasons for this: 1) I haven't been shopping much 2) The second-hand offerings have been poor when I have managed to go. This is what can happen at op-shops, of course. Then at other times you have a great day … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Cue and Sachi

This dress will be just perfect for Melbourne in winter. Pluses: * It has sleeves * It is a thick material * The neutral colour helps me in that I can wear several types of opaque stocking and they won't look weird * It's a Cue and they are quality These shoes? Disaster. Why: * I feel … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: marc ecko

I bought these in almost perfect condition, which should have set off alarm bells. The first time I put them on was to walk to a friends house about 2kms away and by the time I got there I was hobbling with blisters galore. I came this close to re-recycling them and wondered if the previous owner … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Zara Basic

Today's edition of 'Thrifty Thursday' will be a cautionary tale of How Things Can Go Wrong  (or Semi-Wrong) When Op-Shopping. First, note the dress: a strapless Zara Basic, with bubble skirt. It has an interesting pattern, so puts a spin on the traditional LBD. I noticed the fraying around the … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Ginger Tree

I have taken to green, and I don't know why. When I was a teenager, I never wore it, found it such a 70s colour <insert teenagerly disdain>, even during the 60s psychedelic fashion revival of the early 90s, and certainly once the monochromatic Calvin Klein / minimalism of the mid 90s came … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: MinkPink

I have many weaknesses: movies with Tim Curry in them; open-faced hamburgers; second-hand bookshops, to name but a few. One of my biggest ones is buying vintage/op-shop clothing. Most of the clothes I've bought since moving to Melbourne have been second-hand and that is simply because this is the … [Read more...]