A GUIDE TO THE BEST SECOND-HAND MARKETS: BRISBANE

Monday, 11 July 2016


001. In a follow up post to my "Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Shopping" I've decided to feature a few of my favourite second-hand fashion markets from around Brisbane. Definitely one thing I miss about living in the city is the endless options for finding funky pre-loved clothes. I hope this is helpful for you Brissie gals and inspires you to shop sustainably, BECAUSE IT'S SO DARN EASY AND AFFORDABLE!

Metre Market
What: pre-loved fashion, local designers/creators, food and drinks too!
Where: Morningside
Frequency: it only started in February this year... but as far as I know they are monthly currently. Keep updated for events via their Facebook page.

Wardrobe Warriors
What: second hand clothing and vintage pieces from local fashionistas wardrobes
Where:various locations (including Mount Gravatt, Morayfield and the Gold Coast)
Frequency: monthly-ish depending on the location you want to travel to!

Suitcase Rummage
What: guys and gals selling preloved clothing or handmade goodies out of their suitcases
Where: top of Queen Street Mall (predominately pre-loved fashion) and the Powerhouse (handmade rummage only).
Frequency: Brisbane City (first and third Sunday of the Month) and Brisbane Powerhouse (last Sunday of the month)

Her Wardrobe
What: pre-loved, indie, vintage and designer fashion markets
Where: multiple locations around Brisbane and Logan for different markets (but they also have markets based at the Sunny Coast, Gold Coast and Byron area!)
Frequency: Monthly

The Diva's Wardrobe
What: a little pricer and more fancy that your average markets, with sellers specialising in more designer and slightly higher-end fashion pieces
Where: Fortitude Valley
Frequency: Quarterly (give or take a bit?)

Boudoir Bazaar
What: pre-loved fashion market, with lots of designer and vintage goodies
Where: Fortitude Valley
Frequency: on a Sunday every two months (to coincide with school terms and season changes)

Love Me Again Market
What: stalls of pre-loved clothing, food vans and fresh flowers
Where: Paddington
Frequency: monthly

Closet Clean Out
What: racks of pre-loved clothing at the local fresh food/gourmet delights market
Where: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Frequency: last Sunday of each month

St Augustine's Jumble Sale
What: lots of cheap pre-loved clothes in a good ol' fashioned jumble sale
Where: St Augustine's Church, Hamilton
Frequency: monthly

Excess Baggage Secondhand Market
What: pre-loved and vintage pieces
Where: Paddington
Frequency: bi-monthly-ish

002. I want to continue this series... maybe I could feature the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast next? Online vintage stores? Best op shops? Tell me what you want to see!

Lena x

THINGS I'VE LEARNT LIVING IN ALICE... (so far)

Thursday, 7 July 2016



001. Moving from busy city Brisbane to a relatively small rural down in the centre of Australia was a big change for me. Alice Springs is my base until the end of the year and I guess this is just a little update post to share some of the photos from adventures I've been on in the past 2 months. Small town life is a hell of a lot different to what I've grown up in so I thought I could share some of my thoughts and things I've noticed since the big move...

- seeing the odd eagle/falcon gliding up above you isn't uncommon (yes even if you are in the centre of town)

- people are generally a lot more friendly and chilled- now this is solely based off my experience working in hospitality here and in the big smoke, but I think the no-traffic-no-hurry situation has a big part to play in people's kindness.

- you will participate in some odd community festivals/events because why not? example a: last week there was something called a Beanie Festival where people from all around Australia knit beanies and send them here to Alice to be sold at the event- I kid you not it was like Boxing Day sales at Westfield in there!

- fireworks are NOT illegal- once a year on Territory Day, firework sales are LEGAL and are HIGHLY publicised throughout town (I'm talking huge banners advertising 2 for 1 deals and even being sold at your local IGA or bicycle shop). Despite technically only being allowed one day a year, fireworks continued to be heard for the next few months- Territorians are crazy man!

- the colours of the sunset and landscape will never stop surprising you (so damn beautiful guys, cannot stress enough how much I love this country)

- when bananas are $1.50/kg at Woolworths you WILL get excited, because living in the centre of Australia sadly deprives you from having a cheap local fruit and veg store.

Lena x

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