I’m thrilled (and super honoured I’d like to add) to be able to announce the winner of Vinnies latest campaign “Found It At Vinnies” which closed yesterday on their Facebook page.
To enter you had to share a picture of your favourite Vinnies thrifted fashion find. Vinnies were giving away a $50 gift card a day but the grand prize was an awesome $500 Vinnies gift card! I can only imagine how far that could go in an op shop, I think I’ve actually had dreams like this.
The entries were varied and fantastic but Anna Lienhop won with a massive 455 public votes. Anna has a great style and you can see more of it on her blog Ms Annalog or catch her on Instagram @msannalog
This is the winning image she shared showing the vintage shirt found in regional Victoria whilst touring last year.
Anna’s beautiful unique vintage blouse.
I got the opportunity to ask her a few op shopping questions.How long have you been op-shopping and why do you choose to op-shop?I’ve been op-shopping since I was a child and going to op-shops with my mum. I continue to do it because the things you find are more likely to be unique and special. You won’t find anyone else wearing what you find! I also op-shop because it’s fun, cheap, and ethical – which is important to me.Can you tell us about your local Vinnies store and was this where your winning outfit was found?Well, I found this shirt in regional Victoria (Bendigo) when on tour with my band and catching up with friends and family probably a year ago now. Generally when I have some down time I love catching up with friends and checking out local op-shops near where they live. There are a couple of op-shops located close by my house (in Flemington), but it’s more fun going on an adventure with friends and finding new treasures and sharing that time with them.
Do you have any tips to share on op-shopping?
Go in with an open mind, and be prepared to rummage. You never know what’s hanging at the bottom of a table or behind a clothes rack. Also, some basic sewing skills (even by hand or using a friends sewing machine) can be a useful thing to have with refashioning, altering or refreshing an item.
Other than your winning entry can you tell us about any other great op-shopping purchases?
I have an extensive brooch collection which is 90% thrifted – I really love a loud beautiful brooch, and there’s plenty to be found if you look!
What would be your dream op-shop find at the moment?
Umm, I guess when op-shopping I try to keep an open mind and not fixate on anything in particular, but because its winter a nice cropped jacket or ankle boots have definitely be nice!
Huge congratulations again Anna and thanks for taking the time to answer my op shopping questions.
I’d also like to thank Vinnies Victoria for running this competition, not that most of us need an excuse or reason to op shop but these campaigns are always a good excuse to highlight what amazing things can be found at our local op shops.
You can have a quick look for your local Vinnies by checking out their website here and popping in your postcode.
You can keep up to date with news from Vinnies Victoria by following them on Facebook here or finding them on Instagram here @vinniesvictoria
Brisbane op shoppers another great one for your thrifty diaries! The Lifeline Bookfest is coming back on June the 6th to 9th at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
It’s Queensland’s largest sale of preloved books and is attended by thousands looking to quench their literary thirst. It’s fundraising for Lifeline’s Crisis Support Line which operates 24/7.
You can expect over 4km of tables, yes you read that right, 4km of tables selling a massive array of books to suit all readers.
There will also be magazines, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl and board games on sale.
Prices start from as little as $1!!
Brisbane’s Lifeline Bookfest
Bring strong bags with you. As you leave one section your books will be bagged so volunteers know they have been paid for but you’re bound to buy more than you expect so bring some good quality shopping bags with you just in case.
They have thought of everything! Trolley will be available to hire for a gold coin donation, I know I’d donate to avoid arm ache!
Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Brisbane’s Lifeline Bookfest
The Important Bits
When – June 6th, 7th & 8th 8.30am to 7pm and June 9th 9.30am to 4pm.
Where – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Cost – Free
Transport – to the venue (Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre) – please refer to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre website for more details. http://www.bcec.com.au
To find out more about Brisbane’s Bookfest please visit their Facebook page here.
To find out more about Lifeline and the amazing work they do please head on over to their website here.
To Join their volunteer team call Amanda on 3250 1842 or Anastasia on 3250 1927 (Anastasia) Email us: email@example.com
The Mission Australia Op Shop Ball is an annual event raising money to support Mission Australia and all the work they do around the country.
This year they will be going all out eighties! Just imagine the possibilities. Will you be Madonna for the night? Will you be your favourite Goonies kid? You could be your 80s rock idol, you could be He-Man….. So many options!!
There is one condition though, your outfit must be preloved.
The Important Bits
When – 6pm Friday 28th August Where – Bella Portofino Function Centre, 26 Atchison Street, Wollongong NSW 2500 Cost – $125 per ticket or $1,000 for a table of ten. The price includes a three course meal and drinks.
You can find out more about Mission Australia by heading to their website here.
Ticket sales and enquiries please call (02) 4286 6100
You can also follow the latest news from Mission Australia by following them on their Facebook page here.
How much fun does last year’s Mission Australia’s Op Shop Ball look? All photos are from the Mission Op Shop Ball’s Facebook page.
Paddington Op Shoppers get ready the Peter Pan Op Shop Winter Sale is quickly approaching and it’s a big one.
Labels and designers include some of the following
Sass & bide
The Peter Pan Op Shop Winter Sale is on at Paddington Town Hall from Wednesday 27th until Friday 29th of May.
It’s a really established and loved market for those in the Eastern suburbs, if you’re a fan of sustainable fashion, designer fashion and vintage fashion this is not to be missed.
There are lots of vintage and designer preloved clothes, shoes and accessories which have been kindly donated from some of Sydney’s most fashionable wardrobes, there are also donations of end of season stock from outlets in the local area.
The proceeds go directly to Barnados Australia who help abused and neglected Aussie children. You can find out more about them via their website here.
Make a morning of it with a friend or dash in during a lunch break but just make sure its in your diary.
The opening hours are as follows:
Wednesday 27th May: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Thursday 28th May: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Friday 29th May: 9.30am – 1.00pm
For any further enquiries, including volunteering opportunities please contact Kaitlin Commins at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 9218 2375
Well if you’re based in Victoria and have a local Vinnies I think you should head to it in the next couple of weeks. Vinnies Victoria have launched their “Found It At Vinnies” competition where daily $50 gift cards are being given away and there will be one grand $500 prize at the end.
Found it at Vinnies Competition
How do you take part?
Well head to Vinnies first of all and buy some fabulous fashion.
You then take a picture and upload it to their Facebook page or share it on Instagram tagging them at @VinniesVictoria using #founditatVinnies Don’t forget to tell them which Vinnies store you bought it from.
You then get voting and sharing, the look with the most votes wins.
Found it at Vinnies Competition
The winner will be announced on the 28th of May
Have a look at the behind the scenes bits from their photo shoot below
You can find out more and enter on their Facebook page here