Change It Up

Change It Up

Avoid becoming a weapon of mass consumption
Shop slow, and consider buying someone else’s former favourites first before rushing out to the high street stores.

Consider the clothes you’ve already got that give you joy (they’re your keepers)
On average, we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. If you have 100 garments averaging $50 each, then that’s around $5,000 worth of clothes and accessories that rarely get airplay. And that can be swished through the preloved fashion community to fund your new styles.

Recreate your wardrobe – think capsule
Nine pieces of co-ordinated garments will give you around 20 outfits, says Peta Stephenson of Dress Code. Add three more pieces and you can make 40 or more combinations. Thinking about your wardrobe in terms of the different capsules you can create has many advantages: it makes getting dressed in the morning easier, simplifies packing for a trip, and helps you build (or rebuild) your fab wardrobe within a reasonable budget.

Resist ad hoc buys that won’t go with anything
Before you buy, think of at least five other garments at home that your new additions will co-ordinate with.

Pink Ribbon TWL Preloved Clothing Swap Breakfast

Pink Ribbon TWL Preloved Clothing Swap Breakfast

Tasmanian Women Lawyers and The Preloved Clothing Market are excited to be joining together to cohost a Pink Ribbon Breakfast Clothing Swap because we want to help raise awareness and make a difference to Australians affected by breast cancer. Most of us have been touched by this in some way.

Your ticket is to swap (up to 6 preloved garments and/or accessories), to enjoy a complimentary champagne breakfast, to enter you into a hamper draw and has you kindly donating to the 2018 Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Campaign. Book to Swap. It’s at the Law Society of Tasmania, 28 Murray Street, Hobart from 7.30 – 9.00am on Wednesday 10 October.

Donations made by purchasing a ticket to this breakfast and made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Event Page will help enormously.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.

We certainly believe research is the best way to prevent deaths and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Together we, with you, can help them get there.

Tasmanian Women Lawyers and The Preloved Clothing Market thank you for your fab support!

Proud Community Supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

UTAS Pop-Up Preloved Clothing Night Markets

UTAS Pop-Up Preloved Clothing Night Markets

It’s on again! The Preloved Clothing Market and UTASLife collaboration went down so well in June that we’re going for take two. Bookings are open for the second UTAS Pop-Up Preloved Clothing Night Market on Friday 28 September, 4-8pm at UTAS CBD Apartments, 157 Elizabeth Street in the city. Have a read of the Stallholders Info and Book your spot.

In June 2018, The Preloved Clothing Market joined the University of Tasmania to kick off Semester 2 with something a little new for students, staff and the local community with a Night Market.  

The event was resounding success with the Ref pumping with preloved fashion, live music and enthusiastic bargain hunters. No-one was to be disappointed with the turn out and the fab fashions on offer. Many walked away, arms overloaded with their finds.  The mood seemed to be that one can never be too wildly overdressed!

We predicted we’d be back! Don’t delay…get along for a fun night bang smack in the heart of Hobart!

Buy it slow. Wear it more. Can you rise to the challenge?

Buy it slow. Wear it more. Can you rise to the challenge?

I have to confess that I’m not quite at the point where I can come at near zero purchase of new clothes. But, the ratio of new to preloved is shifting steadily. Increasingly, my thinking includes a greater consideration of why I am buying, what I am buying, and how it fits with what I already have in my wardrobe.

Slow fashion, at it’s very simplest, is a deliberate choice to buy in a more considered way. So, how to slow it down? Here are a few questions I ask myself – with the caveat – the answers don’t entirely eliminate the frivolous, spontaneous or ‘you only live once’ kind of buys!

How often will I wear it? For the most part, only buy an item of clothing if you know you’ll wear it many times. In fact, Amanda Stavropoulos in the Rise and Rise of Slow Fashion in Australia says, at least thirty times.  I expect most of us have items we wear much less often than that, but some certainly get a really good run. Those ‘go to’, throw-on-and-know-you’ll-feel-good pieces. So, next time you’re standing at a rack of new clothes, slow down, and ask yourself, will you wear this item thirty or more times?

Do I need it? A straightforward question. But often hard to answer when that item is just begging to be owned! There are many days when we ‘need’ a gorgeous dress or a sensational pair of boots! Chocolate can be the cheaper option, but sometimes that doesn’t quite cut it! The answer is to get to know what’s in your wardrobe. And once you know what’s hanging there, you’ll know where the gaps are, and what ‘needs’ will enhance what you already own.

How do you get to know what’s in your wardrobe? You declutter, and reduce down to what you know you’ll wear. Then, add in a few pieces of ‘special’. It is said that the average woman wears just a third of what’s in her wardrobe.  I was certainly guilty of that. Then I discovered how much happier (and lighter) I was with the decluttered world of slow clothing – owning fewer, better-considered items, and reselling pieces to see them get a new lease of life in someone else’s wardrobe. That feels so good.

Will it bring me joy? Slow clothing is a philosophy says Jane Milburn of Textile Beat. A way of thinking about and choosing clothes to ensure they bring you joy. Everyone finds their own meaning of joy. For me this is, aka, feeling good and confident when wearing it. And, with particular pieces (especially the right footwear), it also means I feel like I can stride it out and ‘take on the world’!

It feels good to take charge of your wardrobe and/or dresser, and to know that when you wear any combination of your collection, it works for you and it brings out the very best in you. That it is uniquely you. Take up the challenge today and exclaim, ‘slow fashion; I can own it!’


Gearing up for market day (when you’re running out of time!)

Gearing up for market day (when you’re running out of time!)

Your chest of drawers is still bulging and you’re nowhere near closing in on a really serious clothing declutter. But market day is looming. Count down has begun…7 sleeps to go! Yikes!

Try a quick-fix approach to get started – do your declutter in bite-sized chunks. For this market, start small but specific.

Pick out 15-20 preloved items – clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, belts and the such like. Mostly choose pieces that are at the upper end of your quality preloved collection. Tag them from $15 to $30. (Next time, you can move onto your $5 and $10 items).


Is this you in the mornings?!

Call a friend. Persuade (cajole, beg) them to do the same. Maybe they call a friend (or you call a second). Now two or three of you have joining forces – and between you, you’ll have collected up at least 30 to 45 items = a decent start-up rack or table of goodies. And, if you share the cost of the $20-$25 stall, the 4-hour market day is shaping up to be one of minimal outlay for what promises to be a good little earner. And you’ll get to share the load, the experience and the fun with friends!


That darned wardrobe!

That darned wardrobe!

It’s daunting.  Picture this…

Every morning, racing to keep up because the day is happening all around you. You need to get out the door, still in your pj’s but don’t know what to wear. The weather doesn’t help because it’s chilly right now, but it’s very likely to warm up – or could it snow? (after all, this is Hobart!).

You fling open your wardrobe doors and you’re instantly neck deep, arms flailing as you rummage through, impatiently pushing aside that gorgeous dress you’ll never wear again (how was my waist ever that small?), flicking past those red pants that aren’t ‘my colour’ anymore, and pausing momentarily to (guiltily) contemplate finally wearing that skirt you bought on a whim (it’s bound to go with something, surely….). Then, glancing at the clock, you curse under your breath as you frantically toss it across the floor. With an exasperated sigh, you resign yourself to chucking on that safe and comfortable favourite…again.

And, then, you’re off. But as you swipe up your keys, you swear to yourself that you WILL sort that wardrobe out this weekend and have done with the daily chaos of it all! That was me most days.

Sound familiar?

So, the weekend rolls around (much too fast this time) and your bulging wardrobe beckons (coat tails and scarves tauntingly sticking out door cracks, refusing to be tamed). 

But where to start? This is equally daunting. 

Here’s my quick and easy 7 step approach to taming your wardrobe.
Step 1 Delay tactics – make a cuppa.
Step 2 Stand staring at the open wardrobe, and whilst sipping on the cuppa, contemplate what’s in its deep dark depths
Step 3 Decide on your motivation
Mine was two-fold: to reduce the clutter and make some dollars to refresh my wardrobe (whilst recouping something on those spontaneous over-spends)
Step 4 Get serious.
Step 5 Do a quick first sweep (don’t be tempted to try anything on, just place in six piles)

Keep. Keep, with some alteration or mending. Maybe. Donate. Throw. Sell.

For many, even making these ‘cull’ decisions can be hard – and that’s a whole other conversation for another day.

Step 6 Have a break, maybe another cuppa (and a chocolate biscuit this time – for the energy to go on, you understand), or take the dog for a walk (oh, wait, I don’t have a dog…but, of course, you might), or go for a brisk walk on the local beach.
Step 7 Back at it – second sweep – revisit the piles in more detail, maybe trying on, but be ruthless!

Keep. Really, absolutely – I wear it often, it will be great for the upcoming dinner/meeting/Christmas party, or whatever … If it’s none of that – move it along to another pile. 

Keep, with some alteration or mending. Maybe…actually, I’ll never get around to it. Move it along. 

Maybe. Nope, I’ve said ‘maybe’ too many times. Move it along. 

Donate. Is it good enough to donate or is it pretty worn out/marked/damaged? Over it goes to the ‘throw’ pile. 

Throw. Pretty straightforward – but consider recycling first – can it be used as rags, etc.? 

Sell. Here’s where preloved clothing markets come in!

Gearing up (excuse the pun!) to sell your preloved clothing.

How I started was by selling some items on eBay – still do, and love it. It started off as time consuming and there’s a bit of setting up before it becomes a quick, easy and smooth operation. Mavis the mannequin comes in very handy for this exercise. I’ll present a quick and easy process in another conversation. But always consider, there’s bound to be something that you may want more for than you might get at a preloved market, and eBay can be just the place.

Over the years, I’d sold bits and pieces at markets and garage sales – usually alongside other household goods or knick-knacks. Most of us probably have. But now I wanted to seriously turn my ‘fash into cash’ .

So, one day I dusted down my two clothes racks and assembled them (after the obligatory rummaging around for all the necessary bits and bolts – I always think I’ll remember where I put ‘that thing’. But who am I kidding these days!). And, ready to go, I did a test run of hanging up all the items in my ‘sell’ pile.
(Stress-free prep for a preloved market stall? You guessed it, yet another conversation.)

Once the ‘sell’ items were hung on both racks, I found I had an amazing collection of clothes for sale! And after a few ‘oooh, that’s fab, maybe I will keep it’ false starts, I re-grounded myself (by revisited my motive) and looked up local preloved clothing markets. Then, before getting cold feet, I immediately signed up for a stall. As market day approached, I got washing, ironing and tagging. I thankfully had the terrific help of my very enthusiastic entrepreneurial teen daughter, who, amongst other things, volunteered to write up an extensive inventory! Ready to go…

Away we went. 

Recycling | Reusing | Reselling