the thrift exchange

After many emails, I’m excited to finally share a little concept that Jaharn from iamvintagelover.com and I have been working on. It’s called The Thrift Exchange and it basically involves another two of my favourite things: thrifting and sending/receiving things in the mail. Every month Jaharn and I will choose a certain theme or trend and, with a budget of $15, it will be our challenge to find an item of clothing fitting the theme – which we will then send to the other person. Seeing as Jaharn is in London and I am in Brisbane, we’ll be dealing with opposing seasons, which is an interesting little twist on things. We will both be posting about the challenge on our respective blogs, so I definitely recommend you pop on over to iamvintagelover.com and acquaint yourselves with Jaharn. However, if you’re too lazy to click on a link, here is a Q&A with the lovely lady herself:

1. What do you look out for when you thrift? The first thing I look for is always colour. I am drawn to shades of rich reds, bright pinks, and soft neutrals. I have a penchant for prints too and always head straight for anything in leopard and floral prints, and I love gold lame and leather. These two are textiles I am constantly on the lookout for. ­­­­­

2. Where do you get your inspiration from when you buy from a charity shop? I usually get my inspiration from my most cherished magazines (Australian Frankie, Australian Russh and the London Sunday Times Style are the best), my much loved fashion and antique furniture blogs, what girls and guys are wearing on the street (London is visual sugar heaven) and current trends.

3. What is your favourite piece of vintage you own? About four or five years ago, I went into one of my favourite vintage stores in Brisbane Box Vintage and bought a black beaded lace bustier for $20. Back then, no one was wearing them and it’s been a staple in my wardrobe ever since. I’ve worn it to festivals, dinner parties, to the beach, and dancing – everywhere. I’ve worn it under sheer blouses, with my black leather and floor length skirts, paired it with high waisted wide legged trousers, over long white shirts – everything. It’s a timeless, transitional piece and I would be devastated if I ever lost it.

4. What’s your best piece of advice for when op shopping? Don’t impulse buy and grab the first thing you see…if you can help it. Luckily I rarely do this but just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean you need it. If you’re not sure, put it down and walk out of the store. If you’re still thinking about it, then you simply go back and buy it. If you’re not still thinking about it, then obviously you won’t remember to go back and buy it. People are often surprised when they see my wardrobe; it’s not bursting at the doors at all. I just like to invest in timeless pieces that last ever changing trends and seasons.

5. You live in London – where are the best charity stores? I have discovered so many but my biggest tip is to head outside of central London for the best charity stores. I recently stumbled across an incredible charity store in Finchley Central and walked out £40 out of pocket but with 12 items! To give you a comparison, I was having lunch with my friend at Buonaseras on Kings Road on Sunday and we walked past a charity store. For a mustard cardigan with gold buttons, the price tag was £60! All because I was shopping in Chelsea; yet if I saw the same cardigan in Finchley Central, I knew I would have been paying £6. As soon as I enter a charity or vintage store the first thing I do is pick an item of clothing and look at the price. That way I know straight away if I can continue shopping with the expectation that if I find something Ill be able to afford it. If not, I just browse happily or walk out of the store straight away to resist the temptation! For those living in London or planning to come over for a holiday, my favourit vintage stores in London are 21st Century Retro (practically opposite to where I used to live but still within walking distance thank goodness!), Absolute Vintage and Beyond Retro – their vintage store in Brighton is incredible! And if you ever get to visit Paris, make sure you hit up Coiffeur. Nothing is over €15 – a steal!

Now that we’ve got all of the introductions out of the way, it’s time to announce the first theme. And wouldn’t you believe it, it’s STRIPES. I think I must be a magnet for all things stripey. Be sure to stay tuned throughout the month for updates on the challenge!

21 Comments

  1. curious constellation December 1, 2010

    This is a brilliant idea! It should be interesting to see what the two of you come up with (:

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  2. Girl Friday December 1, 2010

    What a great idea! I'll have to find a thrifting exchange buddy I think!

    xx

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  3. pip a la chic December 1, 2010

    OH MY GOD! This is a AWESOME idea!!!

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  4. The Velvet Bow December 1, 2010

    I love this! I'm already following her blog and I'm liking what I see, so I can't wait for what this exchange will bring.

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  5. Vicky December 1, 2010

    This is such an amazing idea. Really looking forward to it! x

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  6. ¶ Michelle December 1, 2010

    that is such a great idea! 😀 am looking forward to reading these deelightful post's xx

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  7. A Little Brighter December 1, 2010

    What an awesome idea! It's always amazing what thrifting is like in other countries and I can't wait to see the parcels!
    (goodness accidentally posted this on my blog instead of on here! I must need sleep!)

    Ayesha x

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  8. Rachelous December 1, 2010

    Great idea! I'll have to hit up Finchley Central, not too far from where I live! x

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  9. chow (heart+bleecker) December 1, 2010

    what a great idea! i need to find someone to do this kind of thing with too, sounds like so much fun!

    xx

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  10. ching December 1, 2010

    oh cool! nice idea. 😀

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  11. Vinda Sonata December 1, 2010

    gorgeous style and great idea.
    love this post!!

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  12. Mona December 1, 2010

    This is such a lovely idea. Lucky you! All those packages to come from London 🙂

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  13. Uhlala December 1, 2010

    i love your blog!! 😀

    http://pleasebegoodtome.blogspot.com/

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  14. Obsesiones de una Nina December 1, 2010

    Fab idea, I will definitely be keeping an eye on your blogs for updates 🙂

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  15. C. December 1, 2010

    What a great idea. Can't wait to see what you both find for each other.

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  16. Vee December 2, 2010

    this is so fun! i love thrifting! do state how much you scored the item for!!!

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  17. fashion smirk December 2, 2010

    this is a great colab between you two.
    I adore both blogs.

    Michelle
    xx

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  18. Raez December 2, 2010

    what a greta post! totally cute idea, cant wait to see how it turns out!

    xx raez

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  19. Marinka December 2, 2010

    I think the concept is really nice, especially these days when we are over flooded by technology and big fashion brands..That is really a breath of fresh air , I can't wait to see what it's going to look like.

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  20. Giovanna ♥ December 2, 2010

    Great idea! You have a lovely blog!
    xoxo
    Giovanna
    Boho Market

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  21. Stacy January 6, 2011

    How awesome! I was involved in a 'this came in the mail' group on Flickr and exchanged some wonderful found vintage photos.

    I look forward to reading and seeing your finds for #2!

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