No trash, all treasure

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Miranda from Vinnies and Sandy from St Bartholomew's share some of their favourite finds!

Did you know that around 500,000 tonnes of textile and clothing waste ends up in landfill each year in Australia?

This spells trouble for our environment and our overstretched local waste industry. But you can make a difference by taking part in Buy Nothing New Month this October. Here are some of Yarra’s vibrant opportunity shops to inspire you to choose stylish, second hand clothes. Visit Buy Nothing New to learn more.

Saint Bartholomew’s

300 Burnley Street, Richmond

Sandy from St Bart’s Opportunity Shops says that buying from the op shop isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for the community too. “Nearly all the proceeds from this op shop go to our local community right here in Burnley. We support women’s shelters, refugees and homeless people too.”  The store is jam packed with quirky finds and designer items. “We get Gucci and Prada in here quite often”, says Sandy, “but at the moment our prize possession is a Furby.” 

Sacred Heart Mission

433 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Damian from Sacred Heart Mission notes that op shop sales “help fund our women’s shelter, aged care service, crisis accommodation and other programs”. And if you thought op shops were daggy, Damian begs to differ. “If you come in here on a Saturday we’re probably pumping ACDC! We have lots of young people working here too.” What kind of cool stuff do they have in store at the moment? “These Gucci loafers, oh and a heap of wedding dresses,” Damian says.


121 Johnston Street, Collingwood

At Vinnies in Collingwood, Miranda points out some of the more unusual treasures to be found, including an antique gas mask, original paintings and a mixture of toys from the 90s, including another Furby! “We do get a whole lot of really interesting things in here and we get a lot of designer stuff too, which is obviously really popular,” she says.


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