Preloved

  • Stress-free Market Day You’ve decided what items of clothing, shoes, accessories, and so on, to move on. Fantastic – that will feel quite cathartic. The next step is to ensure your transition to stall is smooth (aka stress-free), and doesn’t undo all the great feelings that come with having made some amazing progress.   Over the years, I’ve observed stall holders arriving at market venues and setting up. I’ve also been that person myself on countless occasions. It’s fabulous to watch as stall holders create their space, their collections coming to life with colour, texture and frivolity. But, it can

  •  10:100 - Living with Less Challenge The ‘Living with Less’ challenge was inspired by the team from a New Zealand company called Little Yellow Bird http://www.littleyellowbird.co.nz/, an ethical clothing company that manufactures and designs uniforms. I wholeheartedly agree with Nicole McCallum (the original @livingwith10 queen http://livingwith10.com/) - there are a lot of environmental and social (and economic) reasons to take part in this challenge, plus I hope to raise awareness of (and challenge myself to adhere to) the values of slow fashion. 10:100 The challenge - what I coined ‘10:100’ - went like this... Wear 10 items of clothing for

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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