A little reminiscing brings us to the future.
My environmental consciousness has grown with my age alongside the world’s ethics to be friendlier to our earth. People see that someone’s junk is another’s treasure. The second-hand or pass-it-down market has always existed – amongst family and friends or commercially through Antique Shops.
My early foray into vintage clothing was a shop upstairs in the Brisbane Arcade when the centre was a bit dusty & odd in 1979 (how it shines now). I bought a pair of extremely pointy kitten heel pumps made from white cow hide. Ideal for now, I might add but they have sadly passed on from this world.
Vintage shops in Islington in the mid ’90’s supplied a fake astrakhan overcoat with lovely satin lining and I think a real fox fur collar. This is now passed on to my sister in Melbourne where the climate needs a heavy coat like this.
Back in Brisbane in the late ’90’s there were a number of “vintage” shops popping up – Ann Street in the Valley was a regular haunt, then Box Vintage in West End. Following them were “2nd chance” stores where you could buy current style clothes from fashionable labels that had been worn once or twice by the first owner. And of course the charity op-shop can offer great finds.
Ebay, Etsy and Gumtree offer great buys, but I really stick to the items that are pre-loved. Pre-loved items offer the best value and in this area these online sites are a buyer’s market. Selling on these sites means you won’t make a fortune but you could make something. Better than looking at the dress hanging in your closet unworn.
I buy and sell online via these sites and have always been very happy with the results. More to come on the next blog, but meanwhile have a look at what the world can offer.