Whilst I am not a massive fan of op shops, I love clothing rummages. I think it’s the limited variety in op shops that has usually been sorted through by so many shoppers before me that I don’t particularly enjoy. But the endless possibilities of a suitcase rummage, where you are often one of the first people to sort through what’s on offer? It’s like one big challenging style adventure that I cannot get enough of.
Whilst there is no regular suitcase rummage per se at the Coast, this weekend Lifeline had it’s annual $2 clothing sale at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. We’re talking about close to 100 tables piled with clothes and seemingly endless possibilities to rummage through to find bargains.
I always go to suitcase rummages expecting not to find anything. That way, I’m either right or pleasantly surprised. However, after two mornings at the Lifeline sale (I went back the second day because it was a whole new lot of clothes to sort through), let’s just say that the surprise was far more pleasant for me than for my bank account. I justified the volume of my purchases by constantly reminding myself that the proceeds go towards an amazing cause (read more about Lifeline here).
I was actually astounded by the quality of the clothes… I’m not sure what I expected. But it surpassed any expectations that I had. I got an Oroton and a Nike jumper (I also got a One Teaspoon jumper to “share” with a friend a la “Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants”), brand new Country Road pants for mum, amazing ripped jeans, pants, a few fantastic jackets, including a genuine leather one and some gorgeous vests, just to name a few things. I also saw a Sass and Bide jacket (that, unfortunately, I would not have been able to pull off) and a few designer and high brand pieces scattered amongst it all.
It was time consuming, exhausting, overwhelming and a ridiculous amount of fun.
For under $60 I ended up with an entirely new Winter wardrobe for myself, and managed to find a few pieces for family.
My top tips for rummages.
- Look for high quality materials and brands that you know make durable clothes. Unless you absolutely adore the item, try to avoid clothes from Kmart and many of the other cheap brands, because they will not last. Besides, you wouldn’t pay that much for them full price.
- Only buy things that you love. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap or because it’s a good brand, because it will end up exactly where you found it.
- If you say you will adjust it, make sure that you actually will. I know that I have said that I would sew something at times and I have never gotten around to it.
- Have an open mind and be persistent. Yes it can be overwhelming and easy to get over quickly, but I have often found the most amazing things just when I have felt like giving up.
6 loads of washing (I even washed the leather jacket after careful Googling) and a rearranged closet later, my new wardrobe is ready to go.
I should probably keep my $2 treasures from my hunt a secret… But trust me, I won’t. Where’s the fun in that?