Ooo Where Did You Get That From?
By Meghan Hood
Feature Image Photographer and Stylist: Holly McLean
To the bargain hunting, boundary breaking, trend setting readers with an unquenchable thirst for the seemingly endless river of pre-loved clothing that flows through Brisbane - this is the perfect list for you.
Twenty-first century society too often drools over the cheap fast fashion deemed trendy by celebrities and models alike, despite the clothing’s questionable beauty and unsustainable supply chain. Yet, due to the rise in conscious consumption and corporate transparency, more consumers are opting to invest in pre-loved pieces over fast fashion’s newest nasties.
This trend is likely a response to the alarming statistics stating that every ten minutes, six tonnes of clothing is sent to Australian landfills. Brisbane’s second-hand clothing markets are here to help tackle this issue by offering consumers a sustainable and feel good way to purchase affordable vintage pieces.
#1 Lil J’s Vintage presents Brisbane’s Biggest Clothing Garage Sale – Paddington
If you think a short, one-time experience will be enough at Lil J’s Vintage in Paddington (otherwise known as Brisbane’s Biggest Clothing Garage Sale) you would be wrong. Founded by streetwear queen Jacqueline Cowan, this vintage fashion market will have you coming back for more every month. Its quirky location is a garage owned and operated by Brenden Bizzle. On weekends roughly once a month it is transformed into a packed market, buzzing and booming with the beats of ‘badass people, who are really going for it,’ as business owner, Amy Walker, describes.
The market is sound tracked by psychedelic and flirty music from a live DJ, and a showcase of the iconic branded sportswear that Lil’s J’s Vintage is known for. This unique market has seen great success over the last two years by providing vintage buyers and sellers in Brisbane with a groovy, rewarding, and alternative experience. According to Jacqueline Cowan, half of the market encompasses streetwear sellers who often stock iconic labels such as Nike, with prices ranging from $50 to $150. The other half of the market consists of ladies’ spring-cleaning clothes, with prices ranging from $5 to $50. Regardless of the month, this market will seriously put you in the mood and have you rushing to the closest ATM for a fresh and stylish new kit!
#2 The Sunday Girl Fashion and Design Markets – West End
If you are a Sunday morning person who enjoys a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of West End, this market is perfect for you. This space offers buyers the room to browse effortlessly at their own pace. It is filled with a variety of items and stores, ranging from vintage, to second-hand sellers, emerging designers, niche boutiques, and men’s clothing. From handmade soaps to jewellery to pre-loved clothing, each item has a story that the friendly sellers are happy to share.
West End local Laura Chapman says, “The market is the perfect space to browse peacefully and sip a coffee from the delicious food truck on site.” Founder Glenn Andrews says the market attracts all-ages, but particularly young women are drawn to second-hand clothings affordable price point. While you may only go to the Sunday Girl in search of an item, you will be guaranteed to leave with a wholesome experience filled with stories, laughs, and more purchases than you were expecting.
#3 Suitcase Rummage – Brisbane CBD
There is a rush of excitement felt at the Suitcase Rummage in King George Square of Brisbane’s CBD. It offers a buzz best savoured with friends and an open mind. The best way to take in everything that this market has to offer is to get a look at all 140 unique suitcases. At this market you will find funky jewellery, recycled pots with cute succulents, and of course endless amounts of affordable pre-loved clothing.
Daniele Constance is the co-founder of Suitcase Rummage, and she says the market is known for its affordability and its ability to welcome everyone with a non-elitist atmosphere. The novelty of the market is in the name, as all pre-loved items are sold from the sellers’ suitcases and bags. Marketing guru and Suitcase Rummage coordinator Maeve Lejeune highlights the serious bang for buck to be found here as most items cost between $1 and $20. With the market running on the first and third Sunday of the month, the challenge of filling a bag of pre-loved goodies – for the price of your weekly burger is hardly a challenge.
#4 Her Wardrobe – Mt Gravatt Markets
Nothing compares to the pure satisfaction that comes with finding a ripper of a deal. This experience is a guarantee at Her Wardrobe markets in Mt Gravatt, taking place on at least two Sundays each month. With over sixty sellers and a reputation for stocking a complete diva range of second-hand accessories, there is no doubt that they will help put the sass in your outfit.
According to Teresa Freeman, a regular shopper at the market, you can expect great bundle deals and reasonably priced clothing from brands like Witchery and Kookai. The market is both indoors and outdoors, selling drinks and nibbles to keep everyone happy! According to Anna Woodward, a frequent Her Wardrobe seller, most shoppers are after a bargain and negotiate frequently. Get ready to whip out your power suit and get those bartering skills up-to-date!
#5 Wardrobe Warriors – Moorooka Markets
Prepare for the sweetness of the divine Wardrobe Warriors market taking place in Moorooka, Loganholme, and Bowen Hills. This, darlings, is where vintage dreams really do come true. Clothes are in pristine condition and the brands up for grabs are almost too good to be true. There is a low $2 charity donation entry fee and a bar for those looking to have a cheeky wine whilst browsing the 30 to 60 available stores.
With prices ranging from $2 to $50, depending on the brand, this market is fun and highly praised by all sellers. According to the market’s founder, Lauren Pearson, Wardrobe Warriors is a great place to meet groovy people and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Wardrobe Warriors occurs two to three times per month, so all your pre-loved clothing cravings can be satisfied on the regular.