The Northern Star

Second-hand comes first

CASEY ASHDOWN and Tegan Paton-Kelly love buying second-hand clothes, and not just because they save heaps of cash.

The pair, who are shop assistants at Trash Recycled Clothing in Lennox Head, love the challenge of creating their own fashion with pre-loved clobber.

“I don't buy any clothes new,” said Casey, 19, of East Ballina.

“Buying recycled clothes is cheap, and as a university student who wants to go travelling overseas, this is great.

“And it feels wonderful when you are wearing something that only costs $2, and someone asks you where you got it because it looks so good.”

Tegan, 20, of Ballina, said the trick to finding great stuff was to check everything out and not just glance across the racks.

“You have to take the time and try things on,” she said.

“You never know.

“You also have to have an open mind because you can put an outfit together. You just have to be daring and try something different.”

Casey said buying second-hand clothes was easy, if you had a system.

“I know what I need and what I want to add to my wardrobe,” she said.

“So when I am shopping for second-hand clothes I will look for these things, as well as anything else that catches my eye.

“I will also look for clothes of a certain colour or type of pattern I want.”

Trash owner Deb Gordon said business was booming. The economic downturn was beginning to take its toll on upmarket clothing.

“I do all my own buying, both locally and during regular trips to Melbourne, so there will be some unusual items,” she said.

“Recycling clothes save you heaps of money and people are just as content with something different in their ward- robe. We specialise in retro, vintage and designer clothes and accessories.”

Save on clothes
  • If you want new clothes then buy them when they are on sale.
  • Pick classic styles in neutral colours and dress them up with accessories, a blouse or T-shirt.
  • Sell clothing you don't wear any more at a consignment store or a garage sale.
  • Swap clothes with similar-sized friends or have a clothes swap party.
  • Garage sales are always a good place to snap up that unexpected exclusive labelled item for a fraction of the price when new.
  • Consignment or recycled clothing stores, as opposed to charity op shops, will charge a higher price for clothes, but you can expect the quality and condition of the clothes to be higher.


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