NEW WARDROBE, NEW YOU

DIS­COVER THE SUN­SHINE COAST HOT SPOTS WHERE YOU CAN OFF­LOAD YOUR UN­WANTED CLOTHES AND AC­CES­SORIES, AND TURN THEM INTO COLD, HARD CASH

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | CLOSET - WORDS: ANNIE CAUGHEY

Even if we don’t want to ad­mit it, the sum­mer sea­son is sadly com­ing to an end. The days are slowly be­com­ing shorter and dur­ing the re­cent storms, many of us have reached out for that first au­tumn jumper.

With a new sea­son upon us, so comes a new ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­ity of wardrobe choices.

We’re talk­ing jeans, knits, cardi­gans and jack­ets.

Set to come into style this au­tumn are cor­duroy sets – th­ese are go­ing to be big in both match­ing skirt and jacket sets, as well as pant and jacket sets.

We are also ex­pect­ing to see citrus tones, state­ment boots with punk and western in­flu­ences and large tote bags (that you can ac­tu­ally fit every­thing you need into).

Keen to try th­ese edgy new trends? You’re not alone.

If only there was a way to jus­tify the shop­ping spree? Argh. But wait, there is.

It’s time to cull your wardrobe and, by that I mean, re­ally cull.

Be harsh and bru­tal. Even if there’s some­thing in there you think you love, if you haven’t worn it within the past six months, then it’s out.

We are all guilty of it, the old “oh, it’ll fit me one day” or “I love this, but I haven’t had the right event to wear it to yet”, and the clas­sic “I just need to find some­thing to match it”.

Gather all of those items to­gether be­cause they are go­ing to earn you the mula (and the space) you need to buy some of your newest au­tumn wardrobe ad­di­tions.

The Sun­shine Coast hosts many events where it’s easy and cheap enough to set up your own stall sell­ing your pre-loved cloth­ing, shoes and ac­ces­sories.

Fish­er­mans Rd Mar­ket

Run ev­ery Sun­day, this mar­ket is sur­pris­ingly known for its large se­lec­tion of fash­ion stalls which at­tract the type of de­mo­graphic that can’t say no to a vin­tage bar­gain.

Most stall­hold­ers sell their cloth­ing items for be­tween $5 and $15, with the ex­cep­tion of more ex­pen­sive prices for brand names or newer items with tags.

Hold­ing a stall won’t set you back much at all, start­ing from $30, or $50 for a larger space. So it won’t take long for you to break even.

Her Wardrobe

This one’s a tad more ex­pen­sive, so we’d rec­om­mend only host­ing a stall if you’ve got a lot of in­ven­tory to sell.

How­ever, th­ese mar­kets do at­tract a lot of cus­tomers. The last event held at Venue 114 at Lake Kawana was ab­so­lutely packed to the brim.

Plus, there’s an en­try fee, so you know vis­i­tors are com­ing with the in­tent to do some se­ri­ous shop­ping.

The next Sun­shine Coast event is on Satur­day, June 22. So, there’s plenty of time to get your­self pre­pared.

But if you’re re­ally keen, then the next Her Wardrobe Bris­bane event will be held on Sun­day, April 7, at 1644 Lo­gan Rd, Mt Gra­vatt.

To book a stall or buy a ticket, visit the web­site: her­wardrobe.com/

An­other Woman’s Closet

This mar­ket of­fers cus­tomers a more lux­u­ri­ous shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

With stall­hold­ers pre­sent­ing all clothes ironed and hang­ing on racks, shop­pers feel as if they’re in an ac­tual store.

So, be sure you get your clothes up to scratch.

This ap­proach will help you sell more and you may even be able to add a few cheeky ex­tra dol­lars on your price tags.

The next event will be held on May 5 at the Noosa Leisure Cen­tre.

Stalls start from $35 but they book out quickly, so hop to it, ladies.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: face­book.com/events/1242492475­890748/

Sun­shine Coast Col­lec­tive Mar­ket

This mar­ket is for the cre­atives, the eco-friendly, and those who value hand­made and sus­tain­ably-sourced prod­ucts.

So where bet­ter to give your old clothes a new home? A place where your trash is an­other’s trea­sure.

Sell­ing your clothes se­cond-hand is not only good for your pocket but it’s also good for the en­vi­ron­ment, and the vis­i­tors at this mar­ket will ap­pre­ci­ate that ethos.

The mar­ket is held on the se­cond and fourth Sun­day of ev­ery month at Coolum Pri­mary School. So, there’s plenty of op­por­tu­nity to get your­self in­volved sooner rather than later.

Face­book Mar­ket­place

It’s the on­line tab on your Face­book ac­count that al­lows you to sell, buy and swap items.

That means any­thing from cars and homewares, to of­fice sup­plies and, yes, clothes. It does re­quire a bit of ex­tra ef­fort as you’ll find you get a lot of in­ter­est on your items but not many cus­tomers fol­low­ing through. How­ever, per­sis­tence is key.

Try of­fer­ing dis­counts for pack­age pur­chases or de­liv­ery (even at an ex­tra cost).

This will make your sales more ir­re­sistible to po­ten­tial buy­ers.

So, get sort­ing, chickas, and be sure to re­ward your­self with that new su­per-cute jacket with your earn­ings.

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