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Lifestyle : Ultimate Shopping
1HERSA1 W001 DFO ALL FOR FASHION 02 9748 9800 | dfo.com.au/homebush GET UP TO 70% OFF Located on the corner of Underwood Road and Homebush Bay Drive, DFO Homebush has over 100 of your favourite brands all at up to 70% off. Open 10am -- 6pm everyday SPECIAL REPORT Sunday, October 14, 2012 Ultimate shopping Charity shops are the new hunting ground for today's fashionistas reviving yesterday's looks. Vintage has come of age Perennial . . . some classic clothing and accessories will never go out of style. Photo: Tanya Lake Forget boutiques and chain stores; 25-year-old Iris Johns likes to forage around markets and charity shops to develop her look. ''I am after the vintage look, not something in the shops at the moment,'' the marketing executive from Bella Vista says. ''I want something different.'' Johns visits traditional charity shops, such as those run by St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army. However, she is also attracted to suburbs such as Newtown, which have a large number of second-hand clothing shops, particularly at the southern end of King Street and along Enmore Road. She also shops in markets in Glebe and Bondi. ''I can get bargains such as an Oroton scarf for a dollar,'' she says. Johns admits this type of shopping is more time-consuming than walking into a store and picking your size from a pile of new garments on a shelf: ''You do spend more time sifting through clothing.'' Jayne Turner, 38, is another fan of hunting for pre-loved clothing, calling herself ''a vintage clothing addict''. ''I tend to be drawn to mostly '70s and '80s pieces as I work as a dancer and a choreographer, so I have a lot of rare '80s sportswear like Nike and adidas, which I pretty much wear all the time to teach dance and run around in,'' she says. ''I started out going to second-hand stores in about 1990 in Sydney. Those times were great because everything was really cheap and in great condition. It's all about the hunt.'' Another shopper, 26-year-old Claudia Potter of Balmain, says the experience of shopping for second- hand clothing is more important than the money saved. ''It's not just about saving money, it's the thrill of the chase and not knowing what I will find, and being able to make something my own,'' she says. These three shoppers not only cultivate unique looks and save money; Jess McCallum of Planet Ark says they are helping to reduce their environmental impact. Her organisation is promoting swap parties as part of National Recycling Week on November 12-18. The parties will involve neighbours trading used items such as clothing. A group of charity and green- minded businesses is running Buy Nothing New Month this month, encouraging people to buy used items. The City of Sydney council has been criticised by some business groups for supplying a venue to promote the event. However, second-hand clothing can be a lucrative way to make money. Sydney entrepreneur Tegan Rogers started an online clothes- trading business, where people can offload used clothing. ''Half of my items still had tags on them,'' she says. ''I was so sick of just wasting valuable items.'' The site -- prelovefashion.com -- lists items, with pictures, and buyers can contact the seller directly. According to online trading site Gumtree, its traffic increased by more than 100 per cent in the past year as more people began buying and selling second-hand clothes and other products.
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