Darlinghurst’s Salvos Store is making op shopping a breeze with a new curated zone of secondhand clothing, shoes and accessories
Op Shop Week ambassador and TV fashion commentator Faye De Lanty is passionate about reusing and recycling fashion by combining pre-loved clothing with high street items. Talking to Time Out at the boutique’s opening, De Lanty tells us that “most of my wardrobe is secondhand or vintage. When I was living overseas it was honestly all I could afford. I had to find ways to make it look expensive, and the more I did that the more people asked me where I got the clothes from.”
The new boutique is a sub-section of the existing store, which has been in operation for seven years. De Lanty and her team have pulled together distressed denim pieces, smart suiting and items that are in supreme condition, still had tags attached to them or simply caught her well-trained eye. We spy sky-high stilettos from Jeffery Campbell – the purple snake-skin booties generally retail in the region of $150-$250, but at the Darlo Salvos Store they’re available for a snippet of the original price. A pair of Yves Saint Laurent platforms, meanwhile, can be snapped up for $70.
“I choose things that have some spunk,” says De Lanty. “Like really great handmade pieces, beautiful pleating, buttons; how it looks, feels and falls is important for me. A lot of the feedback I get as an eco stylist is that op shopping is hard… We want to show people the quality of garments you can find is quite extraordinary.”
Salvos Stores area manager Jeff McCartney tells us the boutique will be replenished daily, but that “it’s all reliant on donations.” Everything from the floor-length Alex Perry gown (going for $100) to the We Are Handsome swim shorts ($15) have been sourced from warehouses within Sydney.
“If it’s ripped, torn or stained it really has no use to us,” says McCartney. “Some items are exported overseas if we can’t use them in store. You can still find branded items and quirky things in the rest of the store, too – they’re just harder to find.”
De Lanty’s top tip for first-time op shoppers is to go with an idea in mind. “The more that you do it, the more your eye will be trained to find things. I still take pictures, collages and photos with me. Say I have an image of the latest Gucci runway look – I look at ways to recreate that... with thrift.”
|Venue name:||Salvos Street Boutique||Contact:|
33/6 Corner of Pelican & Oxford Sts
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-6pm|