May 13, 2017

With various posters for National Volunteer Week (NVW; (May 8 - 14) springing up around Perth and all over Australia, volunteering might be on your mind.

We've all volunteered to finish the leftover chocolate, shout someone a coffee or even to offer our time because it was a prerequisite in high school but how many of us continue to volunteer outside those usual experiences? 

Statistics show it's quite a lot of us.  The good news is around six million Australians volunteer annually*. The bad news is that this figure is in decline and there is a volunteer deficit for those aged between 18 and 34, that sweet spot when our lives are essentially our own and any commitments to study, recreational activities, work and volunteering fall into our own hands.

*(ABS General Social Survey)​

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August 17, 2016

Hello! I’m Hannah, from In The Dress Up Box, self-confessed op shopping maniac and long time lover (and customer) of Red Cross stores. This week is National Op Shop Week, which may just be my favourite week of the year! If you ever needed an excuse to check out your local op shop then this is it!

If you’re new to op shopping or just a little overwhelmed by the whole concept then I thought I’d share a few of my thrifting tips and tricks so you can get the most out of your local op shop…

Take your time! Many op shops are a little disorganised and stuffed full to the brim with clothing, accessories, homewares and more. Make sure you give yourself enough time to carefully go through each rack, check out every section and try anything on that takes your fancy.

Use your hands to feel for quality fabrics. I am always on the lookout for natural fibres like cotton, silk, wool and leather. Fabrics l...

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