Check out these Paddington and Red Hill op shops and make a positive impact on the environment through circular fashion.
Did you know that every Australian buys an average of 27 kilograms of new clothing each year but discards around 23 kilograms of that to landfill annually?
Fast fashion greatly contributes to this environmental problem and one way of helping reduce the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfills is to keep them in the loop for as long as possible or what is called circular fashion. Circularity is achieved in two ways: reselling old clothes that are still in good condition and recycling textiles into new fibres to make new clothes or a textile-based product.
The great news is that Brisbane is teeming with op shops where you can find designer clothes at bargain prices whilst helping the environment and supporting the organisation’s cause at the same time. And luckily, some of these stores are conveniently located in Paddington and Red Hill.
Thrift Shop And Eternity Boutique | 16 Windsor Rd, Red Hill
Trading Hours: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Monday – Saturday
Underneath the Baptist chapel, you will find the Thrift Shop And Eternity Boutique. The Eternity Boutique is where you can score flashy garments from $4 to $15 whilst most shoes cost between $4 and $10. But if you’re out for much cheaper finds, the Thrift Shop has got you covered with bargain clothes, shoes and handbags for just $2.50 apiece.
Proceeds from the sale of these op shops help support the Kelvin Grove Chaplain and missionaries across the globe.
Yesterdays Thrift Shop | 39 Nash St, Paddington, QLD 4064
Trading Hours: 9 am to 4.30 pm, Monday – Saturday; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Sunday
Shopping is a breeze in this neatly sectioned shop. They offer good quality, pre-loved clothes, homewares and other household items at affordable prices.
Great to know: They have a dedicated section for the kids with a nice selection of clothes, shoes, toys, books, accessories and much more.
Sales proceeds go to The Developing Foundation Inc. – a charity organisation that provides development and brain injury support.
Salvos Stores – Red Hill | 80 Glenrosa Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059, Australia
Trading Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday
Another great place to find a large selection of pre-loved goods from clothes to homewares and much more at bargain prices. Some 350 Salvos Stores are spread across Australia plus an online shop, so there are plenty of options for you to shop from.
All profits go to the Salvation Army programs.
St Vinnies – Paddington | 16 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064
Trading Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday; 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday
St Vinnies Paddington is just one of the 650 shops that St Vincent de Paul Society operates. The store offers pre-loved items including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, furniture, toys, books and more.
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes social justice and supports people in need.
You can also donate old clothes or textiles to these organisations.