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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23rd 2009
6 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 23, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestcourier.com.au Shops spot an opportunity Jenny Walker shows off some of the clothing at the Salvo's Store on Parramatta Rd, Ashfield. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP299283 Lana Lam What have you bought from a second-hand store? Tell us at www.innerwestcourier.com.au EVERYTHING old is new again. Op shops spruiking second- hand clothes have been given a new lease of life with organis- ations like Vinnies and the Salvos re-branding their thrift shops as fashion hotspots. ''We want to take away this stigma that seems to be attached to this term 'op shops','' Salvos Stores general manager Neville Barrett said. ''Last year we started a process called Fashion with a Conscience because we believe that the world is going to run out of resources for fashion.'' Fashion designer Kirrily Johnston is part of the campaign. ''She reconstitutes (second-hand goods) into something else and she's gaining worldwide recog- nition for this,'' Mr Barrett said. ''We're also seeing institutions like Whitehouse (Institute of De- sign) teaching their students to work with recycled garments. ''The younger generation is more aware of the needs of the community, more savvy, more concerned about the future.'' The idea to re-brand Salvos started six years ago and sales have increased 20 per cent. ''Our demographic used to be 21 to 45 plus, now it's 15 to 65 plus,'' Mr Barrett said. Vinnies has also re-branded it- self to better suit the market. ''Where there's an opportunity to merchandise goods to have a particular value, it makes sense for us to do that,'' Vinnies chief executive John Picot said. The Inner West was a ripe area for stores to be styled for their retro or vintage qualities. ''Certainly in the last three years, we've looked to improve our stores,'' he said. ''Young people have always been committed Vinnies shoppers, especially uni students.'' Re-branding the organisation as a fashion destination was in line with a more innovative approach to marketing, he said. ''In some locations, people have seen the opportunity and seized that but obviously, the approach in Broken Hill will look quite different to Newtown or Rozelle.'' Your quick guide to find a bargain THERE are plenty of places in the Inner West to grab a recycled cloth- ing bargain. Local stores include: Salvos Stores in Ashfield, Marrickville, Glebe and St Peters Vinnies in Newtown, Burwood, Dulwich Hill, Glebe, Marrickville, Rozelle, Summer Hill The Smith Family in Marrickville, Newtown and Burwood Anglicare in Burwood and Sum- mer Hill Quicknews AWARD FOR PROGRAM An innovative program that provides emotional support and guidance to indigenous parents has won an Abor- iginal health award. Sydney South West Area Health Service s Boomer- angs Parenting Program has been recognised at the NSW Health Abor- iginal Health Awards. The program s activities include therapies, family games, fathering business and mothering business, self care, baby massage and playing as a family. ST VINNIE'S APPEAL Tomorrow Can Be Different is the theme of St Vincent De Paul s 2009 Winter Appeal. This year, hundreds of individuals in need have contributed to a collective journal with their stories and pictures. The journal will be available for viewing at the NSW State Library. DESIGN AWARDS Entries are now open for the 2009 Chambord Shine Awards, a national competition open to any aspiring Australian designer over 18 years. Ten finalists will each receive $1000 to create an outfit that reflects Chambord. The designer creations will be showcased on the catwalk at Waterbar in the Blue Hotel, Woolloomooloo, on October 20. En- tries close August 14. PRIMARY ART COMPETITION PRIMARY school students can win up to $20,000 for their schools by creating an image that represents the art of giving. The national competition is run by Kmart. The student with the best artwork will win a Wii console with runners up to win an iPod or a Nintendo DS Lite. Entries close Monday, August 31. Visit www.kmart.com.au/wishingtree GOVERNMENT PAYS INSTALLERS DIRECT FREE $1600 Home Insulation Call US NOW for assistance & a quote or book online 1300 697 117 INSULATION AA Insulation Pty Ltd --- Government registered installers www.aainsulation.com.au
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