06 Sep, 2018

Get your fashion fix from Another Woman’s Closet - the Coast’s lively preloved clothing market

Sex and the City meets a girl’s night out is a fitting description of the vibe at the Sunshine Coast’s dynamic, preloved clothing market, Another Woman’s Closet.

If you’ve ever wanted to peer into the wardrobes of other women and have the opportunity to wear some of their most valued garments, this is your chance!

There’s a buzz of excitement at this monthly Peregian Beach market, where women of all ages and styles sell unwanted quality clothing at bargain prices to enthusiastic buyers seeking their next favourite thing to wear.

Another Woman’s Closet was initiated by Jacinta Richmond and her Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival colleagues, Christina Lynam and Nuray Ozden after all three women expressed frustration at stockpiling clothes they no longer wanted but were too good to just give away.

The trio set out to create a community around selling quality garments and found that many women, especially those who had moved to the coast from Sydney or Melbourne, were holding onto designer or near new clothing they would never wear again.

Unlike many other second hand clothing sales, Another Woman’s Closet is highly curated, with only the best quality garments making the cut. Items that are damaged, stained or in need of repair cannot be sold and every piece must be washed, ironed and hung on a garment rack prior to sale. Coats, jackets, dresses, corporate wear, leisure wear, handbags and accessories all make an appearance.

Jacinta says every market yields unexpected delights, with a huge mix of styles, labels and age groups represented.

“Our stallholders are teachers, women who work in retail, women in their 80s, boutique owners, stylists and young women saving to travel in their gap year which means the styles vary greatly,” Jacinta said.

“Many designer labels pop up including Chloe and Dior - and someone is always selling Chanel for next to nothing. A current collection Mischa might sell for $60 or a silk Diane von Furstenburg dress is a bargain at $10.”

Jacinta says that while the vibe is fun and playful, the community also has a genuine intention to keep good quality clothes out of landfill. Orange Sky Laundry is often on site to collect unwanted garments at the end of the day, ensuring they are received by people in need.

With second hand clothing sales growing four times faster than the retail market1, Jacinta and her team are onto something big. Each month, around 22 stallholders set up shop, hoping to find new homes for their clothes, and hundreds of people turn up in search of a preloved bargain.

What:Another Woman’s Closet

When: The first Sunday of each month (excluding September, December and January) between 8am and 11.30am

Where: Peregian Beach Community House, 255 David Low Way, Peregian Beach.

Cost: It’s free to shop (most items are priced around $5-$15) and new stallholders are welcome - register at https://deastrega.iwannaticket.com.au/

More: Another Woman’s Closet on Facebook or Instagram

Other local clothing swaps

Her Wardrobe, Sunshine Coast Held at Lake Kawana Community Centre

Lifeline FashionFest, Sunshine Coast Keep an eye on the Lifeline QLD Facebook page for this annual event

Revive Fashion Festival, Brisbane Held annually in August

If you know of other clothing swaps we can include, please let us know below!

1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardkestenbaum/2017/04/11/fashion-retailers-have-to-adapt-to-deal-with-secondhand-clothes-sold-online/#32ddeb2f1a7f

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