This week I saw a statistic on Instagram that quite literally stopped me in my tracks;
‘If everyone wore a pre-loved outfit this Christmas Day this year, the C02 emissions saved would be the equivalent of taking 56 million cars off the road’.
This figure really got me thinking about the mass consumption that is so often tied to the festive season. From Christmas day lunch to the end of year work Christmas party, to those annual catch-ups with your high-school friends, and the multitude of secret Santa draws, the celebrations start to pile up.
So, to help us all “celebrate lighter” this year, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite consciously minded Australian small businesses who are dominating the second-hand/vintage space;
A beautiful range of hand-picked vintage pieces, Hello Vintage Life has a huge range of pre-loved homewares, women’s fashion and accessories, children’s wear, and toys. The go-to location for parents who love timeless pieces for the home, or for the colleague you picked in Secret Santa who’s just moved out of home and is looking for unique homewares to match the ‘eclectic’ feel of their first apartment.
A thoughtfully curated vintage collection with a focus on natural textures, fabrics and colours. If you’re a fashion-lover on the hunt for a classic, yet sophisticated outfit for your work Christmas party that will go on to become a timeless addition to your wardrobe, then the Found Store is the shop for you. Scroll through the endless range of minimalist, easy to wear, bohemian-feel pieces, and be prepared to pick up more than one new (pre-loved) every day staple.
The house in which colour lives, Blu Cosmos, is your one-stop shop for vibrant stand out pieces that will be sure to make you stand out at your Christmas party. Whether your definition of a perfect party dress is a Posh Spice LBD (Little Black Dress) or an 80’s ‘Never Been Kissed’ inspired prom dress, Blu Cosmos will have the perfect pre-loved gem that feels uniquely you.
The ultimate online resource for circular fashion, SWOP makes it so easy to buy, sell or trade high quality pre-loved clothing. With a huge range available both online and in-store, everything SWOP stocks comes straight from the community and is inclusive for all body types and genders. Not only will you find the perfect party shirt for the season, but you can even make some extra change selling your pre-loved clothes from your summer holiday wardrobe clean out. It’s a win-win.
An oldie but a goldie, Depop is a fashion marketplace app with a global community buying, selling and connecting to make fashion more inclusive, diverse and less wasteful. Each seller provides a unique range of products from clothing, to shoes, to handmade jewellery, that shoppers can browse through from the convenience of their iPhone.