$55 Challenge to Clothe Family of Three
The rising cost of living as utility prices soar and an increasing awareness of the importance of making sustainable lifestyle choices are two factors increasing interest in buying second hand clothing.
Op shop enthusiast and Bindaring Ambassador Julie Leslie, known on Instagram as @mythriftshift has long been a convert to the benefits of second hand clothing. “It offers an opportunity to find quality clothing for all the family at very low prices and extends the life of each item reducing our carbon imprint.”
To mark the Bindaring Clothing Sale’s 55th birthday – we set Julie a challenging but very affordable budget of $55 to clothe her family of three from the Bindaring Sale’s Op Shop stock. Selecting outfits for herself, her husband Paul and their 5 year old son Boyd, Julie demonstrated that second hand is the smart way to shop.
Cost Breakdown: Left to Right
Paul's outfit: Shirt $3, Tshirt $3, Trousers $5, new Haviana thongs $5 = Total $16
Boyd’s outfit: Tshirt $3, Shirt $3, Shorts $3, new Havianas $5 = Total $14
Julie’s outfit: Skirt $6, Blouse $5, Bustiere $5, Necklace $4 new Haviana thongs $5 = Total$25
“While this exercise demonstrated just how affordable good clothing is for those on a very tight budget, there is also a growing market for preloved designer clothing.” adds Julie. “I first started op shopping as I had champagne tastes and a beer budget and while prices of top labels are definitely higher than the standard op shop chain store fare, the discounts from the original price are huge. You can find some incredible pieces from top designers in op shops occasionally and if you don’t have the time or patience to search then there are lots of consignment shops around Perth.”
According to Julie there are only two options when it comes to buying clothes, “My first option is pre-loved – there is no supply and demand with second hand. It is about what you can utilise that pre-exists and that can only be beneficial to the environment. My second option is to buy new clothes only from brands which have a transparent supply chain that pays its workers a living wage, has safe working conditions and is working towards only using sustainable raw materials. There are no other options for the planet.”
Amongst the preloved clothing at this year’s event will be a number of items from fashion designers leading the way in ethical, sustainable production. High profile names such as Stella McCartney, Re/Done Denim and Ginger & Smart are working to reduce their environmental footprint through choice of materials used, manufacturing processes and ensuring clothes are built to last.
Picture L-R: Ella wears Stella McCartney Dress Stuart Weitzman shoes, Grace wears Stella McCartney dress, Ginger & Smart Shoes
“People sometimes complain that anything produced in this way is expensive”, continues Julie. “But if you are buying it because you love it and want to cherish and look after it and eventually pass on to someone else in good condition, it is an investment and that is what a sustainable wardrobe is. The great thing is that the Bindaring Sale gives you the opportunity to buy these designers at massively discounted prices.”
Ella wears Vintage coat, Preloved Alice McCall t-shirt and Re/Done Denim jeans
The Bindaring Clothing Sale will take place from 9.00am-3.00pm on Saturday 19th May in the Robinson Pavilion at Claremont Showground. Free entry to Op Shop and Emporium. Entry to Boutique $2.
Sneak Peeks of items at this year’s Sale @bindaring on Instagram. The Sale is open from 9.00am- 3.00pm on Saturday 19thMay in the Robinson Pavilion at Claremont Showground
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Picture: Boyd wears t-shirt $3 in Op Shop, Cap from a selection of new stock in our pop up Surf Shop in Emporium.