Vintage Victory

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.

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.
Found It At Vinnies

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!

Anna's amazing style

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

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