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May 15, 2021

Repurpose with purpose – Dressed by Vinnies Day, November 1

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Carmel Miller loves green and even on holidays from her volunteer work at a Victorian Vinnies, she still made time to check out the green bargains in the far north coast op-shops. Photo Tree Faerie.

Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles every year. That includes clothing, sheets, bags and all sorts of interesting stuff. We also discard 23 kilos a year into landfill.

You can buy just about anything in an op-shop these days and today is the day to wear your oppy bargains loud and proud.

Australia shoppers are being reminded to recycle and save by joining the fun on Dressed by Vinnies Day.

The national event encourages existing and new Vinnies customers to visit their local Vinnies Shop to explore the unique treasures, choose something they love, wear it on the day and share it on social media by tagging #DressedbyVinnies.

The campaign provides participants with fun resources like the Vinnies Styling Guide with top tips for shopping at Vinnies, along with a Host Guide to help workplaces and schools across the country encourage participation.

Vinnies NSW CEO, Jack de Groot, said this year’s event was focused on the benefits of recycling. ‘By getting Dressed by Vinnies and promoting the value of shopping with us, you’ll be helping support your community and contributing to recycling and waste reduction efforts by shopping sustainably.

‘By shopping at Vinnies you can reduce your carbon footprint and at the same time help make someone’s life a bit easier.

‘We have more than 650 Vinnies shops across the country, which enable us to help 1.8 million Australians each year who are living below the poverty line.

‘Last financial year, 29% per cent of the total revenue generated by Vinnies in NSW came from Vinnies Shops, enabling the organisation to support tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, disability, poverty and other forms of disadvantage,’ said Mr de Groot.

For more information about Dressed by Vinnies Day, visit www.vinnies.org.au/dressedbyvinnies.

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  1. I’ve been an op-shopper since my teens. Op shops can be treasure troves!
    All those retro styles. Some things are practically brand new too!
    As someone who sews, being an artist with a strong streak of individualism, I’ve either custom made my own clothes or re-purposed, re-styled, or dyed op-shop buys all my life!
    The only thing I buy is footwear or hats.
    Kudos to the volunteers who staff the shops too!


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