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Green Girls Podcast | Episode 7 | Secondhand September

Today the girls talk EVERYTHING second-hand. Why we should shop second-hand, why we should find alternative ways to dispose of unwanted items, and for a bit of fun, they reveal their favourite secondhand items (and cats) from themselves and their friends.

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Mikaela: [00:00:00] Hello, everybody. Welcome to Green Girls. Today's episode is secondhand September. So, both Chloe and I are very excited about this one. I feel like it's quite dear to our hearts. I think we're quite thrifty and we love good secondhand finds. Secondhand September was originally started by Oxfam. It started off by urging shoppers to say no to new clothes for 30 days to try and reduce our impact on the planet.

Now we're not just gonna be talking about clothes. We're gonna be talking about everything secondhand.

Chloe: Oh yes.

Mikaela: So it's quite exciting. We've got some fun stories from us and friends.

Chloe: Yeah.

Mikaela: About secondhand things we love. We've got quite a few stats and some tips and tricks.

Chloe: Yes. Actually, before we kick off, I wanna ask you a quick question.

Cause I know when I was a child, I was so against secondhand things, I think because my mum loved it. You guys have TK Maxx here, somewhere in Melbourne.

Mikaela: Yeah, we have a few of them.

Chloe: That was her vibe. She thrived in TK Maxx, [00:01:00] carboot, sales, secondhand stores, charity stores, like old vintage things. She loved it. And I think because that's how I grew up. I like that was not me.

Mikaela: You are like, I don't want mm-hmm...

Chloe: and the idea of like, growing into things was like, oh my God, I want something that fits me now.

Mikaela: Yeah. See, it's funny. I have two older sisters and I don't actually recall like getting hand me downs from them when I was younger, but I feel like I've never really had a distaste, I suppose, for secondhand things, maybe because of that.

But I remember like at the earliest I can remember back to like going and buying secondhand items was like high school. Like after school, I'd catch a train home and I'd go past all the thrift stores or op shops and be like, Ooh, so exciting. Must have a look. But I think that might have been because of my like teenage budget.

I don't know. I don't think I was ever really like, euh, secondhand, like, you know.

Chloe: I think that in the UK, so I don't know how [00:02:00] much of a secret this is or not, but in one that my mum worked in at some point. They didn't have a washing machine. And so if clothes weren't donated washed, that's just how they were hung up.

Mikaela: Wait, so is this, whereabouts was this? Sorry, what shop?

Chloe: I won't say the charity shop, but it was a charity shop.

Mikaela: Okay. Oh, so it was a charity shop. I thought for a second, you were talking about TK Maxx and I was like, wait, isn't that like new stuff?

Chloe: Not TK Maxx.

Not, TK Maxx not, not Savers, not those sort of shops.

Mikaela: Okay. Gotcha.

Chloe: An op shop, as you say over here, opportunity shop.

Mikaela: Yes. Yes. Ew, I mean, I always wash my clothes after purchasing from second hand places.

Chloe: Good idea, Yeah. Yeah.

Mikaela: Yeah.

Chloe: But I'm pretty sure that Australia actually has rules that say you should wash everything before it's sold.

Mikaela: Well, it makes sense. I mean,

Chloe: Really should

Mikaela: Mind you there's definitely some things that have a very particular smell.

Chloe: Yeah.

Mikaela: Yeah, I won't go into it.

Chloe: I feel like your brain has said no, Mikaela.

Mikaela: Yeah. My brain was like [00:03:00] mmm, stop.

Chloe: We're here to listen not to smell.

Mikaela: I did a video on, the clothing swap. We actually went to, together and it was like a haul, try on thing. There's actually a clip of me being like, oh, definitely have like a cheeky smell.

Make sure it doesn't smell like, you know, BO, whatever, just like, *sniff* and like pick it up. And, and I used to do that when I worked in retail, like, it's so gross, but things you do. When I worked in retail and people would try and return items, I'd pick it up and like look at it, but pick it up close to my face so that I could have a cheeky sniff.

And sometimes it would like stink, like washing powder or, you know, it had definitely not a shop smell. And I was like, I'm sorry, there's signs of wear on this one. We can't return it. So you gotta have a cheeky little sniff.

Chloe: I actually understand that coming from your point of view, because I'm sure there are enough people who will.

Buy it wear it once and try to return it.

Mikaela: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. Oh no.

Chloe: I just watched [00:04:00] the life drain from your face. So the tally is on one,

Mikaela: One, actually. I think it's like two. We should keep, someone, if you're listening to this, keep a tally message us. How many times I say it? I think I'll be good this time, cause I'm aware. Also my face is now like a tomato.

Chloe: You actually have. Oh my gosh.

Mikaela: Fun, fun, little tidbits for you there.

Chloe: Yeah. I used to go into even TK Maxx and just be like, no, this has a smell. I don't like it. And I think I was just dragged around so many car boot sales as a kid. Like all I wanted was chips and an ice cream. Why am I here? We have enough lava lamps. I hadn't fallen in love with them yet.

Mikaela: Oh, there you go. See, I feel like your mum is gonna be me when I'm older. I'm gonna be all about that. Hopefully my kids, if I have kids are gonna be like, not gonna be like, oh gosh, mum, like stop. I don't wanna come with you. I mean, I've already got Jake. Who's like, I don't wanna go to another op [00:05:00] shop. I don't wanna go to a garage sale.

Just leave me at home.

Mikaela, why did you pick up that thing off the side of the road? We don't need another bedside table.

Chloe: Uh, I think my dad has said those exact words. Yeah. Yeah.

Mikaela: I've been told many a times. No, we do not need that. I'm like, but it's free. No, no, no, no.

Chloe: I can upcycle it.

Mikaela: Yeah, exactly.

Chloe: Don't see the potential.

Mikaela: I have grand plans.

Chloe: Gonna sand it back, make it blue, spray it gold. It's a whole new thing.

Mikaela: It's amazing.

Chloe: Yeah. Look, you would, my mum would get along really well.

Mikaela: I feel like we would,

Chloe: one day you can indeed become her. You don't even need to try. It could just happen. I'll like zoom you while I'm at home, because you'll see the house and be like, yes, I would do that there.

Mikaela: Yes. Please show me.

Chloe: Yes I would make my own ceramic fireplace.

Mikaela: Yes. That's so fun.

Chloe: She has done that. I will mention one other thing, which is, you know, like those torso dummies.

Mikaela: Has she got brooches [00:06:00] and beads and stuff?

Chloe: No, I was gonna say it's it's not like a fabric one. It's, I can't, it's not quite plastic either though, but it's solid.

It's kind of chiseled, like a few abs. So it's like the front half of a male it's cut down so that it sits flat against the wall, and she's drilled hundreds of holes and stuck fairy lights through it.

Mikaela: On a male torso?

Chloe: Yeah. That's a light bulb.

Mikaela: I love this. This is so fun.

Chloe: That's just a light in my house,

Mikaela: Can I ask, where is it?

Yeah. Where is he?

Chloe: The in, yeah, in the living. And that's just one of the lighting arrangements.

Mikaela: I love it. It's so, I feel like unique, fun stuff like that. Like I'm with Jake being like, oh, let me put one picture on the wall. He's like, no, now I have, I have two true colorful pictures on the wall and I will slowly get more or like, let [00:07:00] me, let me paint this wall, bright green.

He's like, hmmmm. Oops, I painted it. So I need some of your mums, like, no fear.

Chloe: You'd love it.

Yeah. Well, listen, my parents do kind of vibe off each other in that respect. Like he's also an artist. She makes stuff and is artsy. He is an illustrator, and so one way or the other, they're just arty all the time.

Always making things. There was at one point, I'm gonna say 25 give or take round mirrors, ,that just went up the staircase.

Mikaela: I love. Yeah. Just wow

Chloe: You couldn't get away from yourself going up the stairs.

Mikaela: You have to check at every point in your house. Yes, I look good today. Yes. I feel great.

Chloe: Honestly, I moved here and was like, why aren't there mirrors everywhere.

Mikaela: Yeah, you're like, what is this? This place is weird.

Chloe: I don't see me in three places at once. There's something wrong.

Mikaela: Unacceptable.

Chloe: Uh, yeah. Sorry. So that's my tangent for the beginning. Like I was really against secondhand stuff. Just [00:08:00] for no good reason until I moved to Australia and I realized that secondhand things can be cleaned before they're in the shop.

And I don't think I'd been to anything like Savers really before like TK Maxx was a thing, but savers isn't in the UK. It's in like America, Canada, and Australia. So I'd never been to places like that really. And was like, oh my gosh, there's so many opportunities to buy things really cheap. And of course, stepping into the world of ethical fashion.

Like there's the high prices of how much something costs when it's made well, And if you can't afford that, then there's the amazing low prices of things that are secondhand.

Mikaela: Definitely.

Chloe: So, I know that you've got some fantastic stats to hit us with.

Mikaela: Yes. Okay. So I'm gonna start off with this one.

Australian's purchase 27 kilos of new textiles each year and then discard...

Chloe: Oh wow.

Mikaela: Yes, but then wait, then discard around 23 kilos into [00:09:00] landfill.

Chloe: Wow.

Mikaela: So we purchased 27, but get rid of 23.

Chloe: Oh, somewhere along the lines that doesn't add up, we're keeping five.

Mikaela: I know. I mean, obviously this is not me. Like I do not discard of 23 kilos of landfill.

I probably collect more than 27 kilos, but, I'm getting better.

Chloe: We just amass it somewhere.

Yeah. We turn it into a lamp.

Mikaela: Yes, exactly. Turn it into a new couch or something of the such. It's pretty, it's pretty crazy when you think about like, and I think we've touched on this with, well, I dunno the order of what episodes released, but with fast fashion, there's actually another one down here.

Let me find it. Eh, yeah. So a hundred billion garments are produced globally each year and 33% go to landfill within the first year of purchase.

Chloe: Oh, wow.

Mikaela: Yeah. And then this one, this is consumers in the United [00:10:00] Kingdom.

Chloe: Hi.

Mikaela: Yes. Have an estimated 46.7 billion worth of unworn clothes in their closets.

Chloe: Oh my gosh. That's how much lot you buy and just don't even use.

Mikaela: Yeah, exactly.

Chloe: Oh, wow.

Mikaela: It's crazy. And this one too, this one's very particular. I feel like for our era, you know, there's a lot of, people taking Instagram photos and like content creation, all that stuff, which is single use, single use outfits. Like I've seen a lot of videos of people being like, oh, I don't know if I could actually wear this out, but like it would make for a great photo.

And I'm like, what?

So in 2019, probably gonna say this wrong, but 208 million pounds of waste were generated by single use outfits.

Chloe: Oh, wow.

Mikaela: I know. Don't ask me how they come up with these statistics. I don't know, but I guess it's, some fancy research, but yeah, it's pretty crazy.

Chloe: [00:11:00] Yeah. I guess that's everything that's been returned.

Mikaela: Yeah. I, I don't know. It could be, you know, items that necessarily don't make it past the first wash or items that are bought for one particular purpose and then discarded, cause they're no longer needed, could be a whole bunch of different things.

Chloe: Yeah, I know. It's I know that I have even had those thoughts with going out things when it, when it was university and going out was just what you did three times a week.

Somehow we had no money, but did that all the time. And I was like, no, I can't wear this. I wore this a week ago or two weeks ago. And I was probably better than most people in that I would rewear things a lot, but I would still want enough outfits to cycle through before like, wearing it again.

Mikaela: Yeah, definitely.

I feel like,

Chloe: so I know that would happen.

Mikaela: It's really ingrained in us that you can't wear the same thing again. Which is like, so not the case.

Chloe: You can't be pictured in the same thing twice.

Mikaela: Yeah. I get like maybe if you have a wedding. One weekend. And [00:12:00] then you have a wedding another weekend after that and it's like, oh, you don't wanna wear the exact same thing.

Fair enough. But like space it out, wear it next year, wear it in a few months. Like there's no judgment there. And if you feel good in something, I feel like you should wear it again.

Chloe: Yeah. Yeah.

Precisely. I, I understand the whole grid thing. Like if you just wore it, like, no, I can't wear it again, but realistically I think we do all have a couple of things that we could wear to the same sort of occasion.

Mikaela: Definitely.

Chloe: It doesn't need to be once and then never again.

Mikaela: I know. It's hard.

Chloe: Look, I enjoyed that stat in a weird way. Thank you.

Give me one more then we'll move along, pick your favorite.

Mikaela: Okay. Oh no, I don't know. I have so many ahh, oh, this is an interesting one. And I think it's very, relevant to what we're talking about.

So the secondhand market is projected to nearly double the size of fast fashion by 2029.

Chloe: Oh, where, so where's [00:13:00] that coming from?

Mikaela: So this is from, a website called edge expo, it's a fashion intelligence website. They do actually have all of their statistics and their, links down the bottom as well.

So I'm not sure what particular reference that was from, but it is all in that website. So we can include that in the show notes.

Chloe: Yes. Awesome.

Mikaela: yeah, there's, there's another actually really interesting, graph there, which I do wanna touch on at some point, regarding the value of different fashion businesses.

Chloe: Ooh, I like it.

Mikaela: We'll jump in that now. So, I thought it was really interesting this actually does have a source that says it's from fashion united.com and the value of the luxury goods market is 339.4 billion. So, whoa, that's a lot. [00:14:00] But also when you think about the price of luxury items, you're like, oh, you know,

Chloe: so it's less things, but a lot of money,

Mikaela: but the value of the women's wear industry. Do you wanna have a guess how much it is?

Chloe: I'm gonna say five times that.

Mikaela: It's 621 billion.

Chloe: Wow.

Mikaela: Yes. It's a big money maker

Chloe: too much, too much money. I'm gonna go ahead and say it. We don't need that much stuff.

Mikaela: No, definitely not.

Chloe: So lovely listeners. We want to talk. Why we love secondhand things, some items that we own that we love and potentially some stories behind them, because I find when they're secondhand, we have these like deeper reasons for loving them, as opposed to just, it looks nice.

Usually like it was given to you by someone you love, or it's got some story behind it, that sort of thing. And we've asked our friends and family for their stories as well. do you wanna kick us off?

Mikaela: Sure. Now I, I guess it is something I own, but like, not really, [00:15:00] but, uh, my favourite second hand item.

Chloe: Something you stole?

Mikaela: No, I did not steal it. I did get for free. Well, I guess technically not for free, but I'll let you, do you wanna have a guess. It's something I talk about all the time.

Chloe: Is it the cat?

Mikaela: It is!

Oh, it's our kitty cat. So I don't actually know if I've said this story on here before, but if I have you just have to listen again.

but our cat, uh, fondly known as kit-cat, or kitty, cause her name is Bella, but, my cousin's name's Bella, so it's like, I don't know. It just is a bit odd. So we just call her kitty. She actually came with our house. So we purchased our house a couple of, two years ago now. And I remember coming to look at the inspection and there's, it's like a split level.

So there was an upstairs deck, outdoor deck area and there was these blue couches, huge blue couches. We walk out there and now I see this teeny tiny little cat [00:16:00] on the couch and she looked even smaller because the couch was so huge. And I went over there and I gave her a pat and I was like, oh, you are so cute.

Like lovely, probably waited there for a few minutes, gave her a little scratch. And then I went downstairs and we went outside to have a look at the rest of the property. And the real estate agent was like, oh, careful. She might be yours. And I was like, what? And then kind of let it slide. So walking down, outside, and I turn around and she's come down the stairs outside and had like wrapped around my legs.

And I was like, oh my God, gosh, long story short. I can't even remember how it came about. It just was like, so quick. I said to Jake, I was like, do you wanna ask like the real estate agent what he sort of meant about that because the people who were living here before were renters, and, Jake asked the question and then he called me and was like,

yes, so the cat's ours. And I was like, what do you mean? He's like, yeah. So the cat [00:17:00] apparently was our neighbor's cat. I don't know how many years ago. And we don't actually know her age, but when she moved out, the cat came next door to our house. And the people who were renting here were looking after her. So she has pretty much just been here forever.

So that's how I inherited a cat and we dunno how old she is, but she's my favorite thing in the world.

Chloe: She's so cute. I love seeing her the other weekend. I know she just crawls around looking for a warm person.

Mikaela: I know. Bless, she snuggles with me every night and yeah, I come home and I'm probably like where's kitty before. I'm like, Hey Jake

Chloe: well duh, Jake, if you were fluffy and had a tail, you know, you'd get the same treatment.

Yeah, exactly. She gives me love back, that's why, she's more snuggly than Jake. So, yeah. But even funnier one day. Oh, was, it was probably like mid COVID. I, was in my front room and from my front room, you can see out the window, up to the top of the [00:18:00] driveway.

And there was a whole bunch of these kids, like standing around. I was like, what the hell? And we're off like a service road. So nobody really comes down there. Anyway. I had to walk out somewhere to go somewhere and I walk out and they were like, hello, excuse me. And I was like, yes? They're like, is there a cat named Bella that still lives here?

And I was like, yes! Oh my gosh. Oh, we, we used to live here. How is she doing? Is she's she's still, here? Oh. And like showed them, so showed them some photos. And unfortunately she had a bit of a, a sore like that she was recovering from. So I couldn't bring her out to say hello, but I showed them all these photos and we were like, so lovey dovey.

They came to see your cat.

Mikaela: She's been through a few. She's probably more, yeah, she's probably more fourth hand than secondhand, but, she's my favorite.

Chloe: Fair enough. I think she wins the podcast. We can all go home.

Mikaela: that's it. Goodbye. So she's definitely my favorite and,

Chloe: she's a [00:19:00] fantastic cat yeah.

Mikaela: Yeah. I'm very biased, but absolutely.

Ah, I said absolutely,

Chloe: absolutely. Second I think is definitely,

Mikaela: that's not too bad,

Chloe: and we're very good at saying them both. At the same time.

Mikaela: Yeah, I know that.

Chloe: Absolutely definitely.

Mikaela: Absolutely definitely catch phrase. Definitely. Absolutely. Yeah. I guess that's my fun story.

Chloe: Well, I'm gonna kick off with something in our house as well. And that is our entire bathroom.

Mikaela: Oh yes. This is a good one.

Chloe: We don't own this place. People listening. This was a, this was mad. We should not have done this, but also we absolutely should have, cause the old bathroom was brown and like the ceiling was moldy and like flaky and it made the whole place not nice.

The sink was really small. The like, I don't even know what it's called, but like around the sink, the space where you can actually put stuff, tiny [00:20:00] didn't exist. There was a tiny little mirror cabinet that you could put a couple of things in. That was it, there was no storage and it felt like I look back at it and I can't believe we spent five years here.

With it, the state that it was. So despite the fact that we rented, we decided one day to revamp the whole thing. Of course it was COVID no one was going anywhere. We had thought this renovation would take a weekend. A a month later we realized we were wrong. Oh no.

And this was actually all going on while I was trying to do my ethical guide to Christmas magazine.

Mikaela: Oh gosh.

Chloe: Yeah. And I thought, yes, this year, it won't be a mad rush. I won't be super stressed cause I'm at home. I don't even have a job right now. I can spend all my time doing this. It'll be so chill. And then Tarik's like, Hey, we're doing the bathroom and it's not chill. It's so not chill. The worst of it was when the doors weren't on.

I'll say that much. Cause then the whole place was drafty. And of course there's like a [00:21:00] week period where we cannot shower. We had like pit washes over the sink in the kitchen.

Mikaela: oh no, no that's so bad.

Chloe: That's all we could do. But I digress. Yeah. So a lot of what we did was actually second hand and the whole idea for this came from Tarik.

Eight years ago, something like that. When he first moved into this place, he had found this like mirror cabinet and a huge vanity somewhere on the side of the road. And he just stored it in the carport. Yeah. For, for like five years.

Mikaela: See, that's the thing, you can hang onto something for five years, Jake.

Yeah. And then you can use it,

Chloe: not, not directing this to anyone, Jake, but you can do that.

Mikaela: You can,

Chloe: Jake, you can.

But it actually just so happened that at this time another neighbor was moving out and he was renovating something in that property. And so suddenly all of this flooring was just on the side of the road.

And we thought it would be perfect for the bathroom. Like it was gonna be really hodgepodge. Like it was that sort of, [00:22:00] it looked like wood, but it was like a fake wood, which is actually perfect.

Mikaela: Yeah. Like a laminate or something.

Chloe: Yeah. Which is fine for a bathroom. That's actually what you want, but it kind of jigsaws together.

So Tarik actually spent a good couple of days. Maybe one day, I might be exaggerating, cause I'm just mad that I couldn't go in my bathroom, but he had to like hodgepodge the whole thing together. And considering there were like so many planks, it, it managed to work. But I think if you move back the new, new? Cause that was secondhand as well, the new vanity, even a bit, you can see that there's like a gap where,

Mikaela: that's okay.

It's not there .

Chloe: Yeah. So it was a very frustrating time, so much sanding, but the paint was one of the only new things. The vanity actually ended up, because it was quite old. The top I think was not quite right anymore. I can't remember. It might have gone like a tinted yellow sort of thing. And so we ended up getting either a new or a secondhand basin, but then Tarik went to Bunnings and got a huge slab of wood [00:23:00] and cut the sink part out of it and it looks dang so good.

Mikaela: Good job.

Chloe: So you learn a lot of handy skills on, on this thing. We spent a lot on like DIY stuff. But most of it, like we saved so much money because so much of it was secondhand and not a day goes by where we are not in that bathroom and go, yeah, I'm really glad we did this.

Mikaela: Oh, exactly. I mean,

Chloe: It's so nice.

Mikaela: It's something you use every day, multiple times a day. So I feel like you need to have yeah, a nice space.

Chloe: That's my favorite thing. And I think there's so many things. I mean, I asked Tarik like, what's your favorite secondhand thing? And he may as well have just shrugged and been like the whole house because everything is secondhand from an op shop. And I think our, sofa, that's actually a much shorter, good story, because I was like, you know what? I feel like the sofa we've got it just I'd like something bigger. I really wanted one of those U like, sorry, L shaped sofas. It might not have worked in our space, but I was like, I really like one, you know, it just, I just wanna lounge on it.

I just [00:24:00] wanna live on it forever and become a potato

Mikaela: Yeah, I went and sat on my dad's couch the other day. And it's just like a normal three seater and was like, Ugh, where do I put my legs. How do you?

Chloe: Yeah, so I didn't quite get that lucky, but literally a couple of days after saying, like, I really think we should start looking at a sofa, this huge three seater, black leather sofa pristine was just on the side of the road and it had a matching arm chair.

Mikaela: Where do you, I need to move to where you live, because I feel like everyone just gets rid of their stuff near your house.

Chloe: It was right there. He drove me to the train station to work and literally on the way back was like, oh, and just picked it up.

Mikaela: We'll take that.

Chloe: Yeah. And like, I get home from work and he's smiling. Like I have a surprise and he'd got all in himself.

Mikaela: Oh, he set it all up. Bless

Chloe: it pays to have a big car because you can pick big sofa's.

Mikaela: Oh, sure. I miss my big car.

Chloe: We've had our fridges, every single one, like on the top of his car. They've all been second hand,

Mikaela: on top? Dang.

Chloe: [00:25:00] Yeah. You need to know how to use your legs. Yeah,

Mikaela: And know how to tie down properly.

Chloe: so do you have another one for me or one from a friend?

Mikaela: I have one more of a personal one for me if that's okay.

Chloe: is there another cat? I don't know about

Mikaela: no, no, it is another item in my house. It'll be very quick, but it is my chandeliers.

Chloe: Oh my goodness. Where were they from?

Mikaela: Yes, so we had a family friend, my dad's friend, and, Jake and I actually went to do an air con at his house and his house is like a little bit older. Still had decor from like his, his mum's era. And we walked into the lounge room and I was like, oh, those two chandeliers are amazing.

And I said to him, it's like gold, gold detailing with little crystals. Like Chloe knows what they look like.

Chloe: They're amazing.

Mikaela: absolutely. Oh no, I'm sorry.

Chloe: Definitely.

Mikaela: I said to him, if [00:26:00] you ever get rid of them, I want them. And he's like, oh, sorry. Other family friend's already claimed them. I was like, okay.

Well, yeah. Anyway, he ended up selling his house like a year or so later. And then one day I go to my dad's house and he's like, I've got a surprise for you. I'm like what? And we go to the back of his car, he opens the boot and pulls this drop sheet back. And the other family friend was like, oh you know, I got them for my daughter. She doesn't like them. Does your daughter want them? So I got them and I was so excited because I, it was like, literally just before we bought our house or around that same time. So I was like, yes. And then I painstakingly pulled them apart and cleaned every single crystal and put them all back on.

Chloe: Yes you did.

Did you count how many it was?

Mikaela: No, I did not. I have a video or YouTube of like a time lapse, but, yeah, it was very satisfying and now they look so good.

Chloe: They do. [00:27:00] So how did Jake feel about the chandelier?

Mikaela: He was very much not sure. And they did look pretty like sad when I got them. But after I'd done all of the cleaning and put it back together, he actually was like, oh, I really like them.

And I thought, oh, maybe I'll only be able to put one, one up. And no, we've got two of them now, two in my house. So he loves them. So one in the kitchen,

Chloe: it looks so good. Where's the other one?

Mikaela: In the hall, entry hall in the staircase. Yeah. So that's another one of my fun stories.

Chloe: I love those chandeliers. I love that you spent so much time cleaning them as well.

You'll never forget that.

Mikaela: It was really therapeutic and it was actually. It must have been my birthday two years ago. And it was mid, you know, everything you couldn't go out. And I was a bit like, eh, so I seriously just sat on my, old sewing table, my pattern making table, and just like spent the day listening to music, just pulling apart the [00:28:00] chandelier and putting it back together.

My dad came in and he's like, happy birthday. And I was like, yeah, I'm having a good time. It's this is fine.

Chloe: This is the best exactly what I wanted,

Mikaela: well, it worked out to be a pretty good day in the end, but yeah, just by myself.

Chloe: Worth every shining moment.

Mikaela: Absolutely.

I hate myself. I'm sorry.

Chloe: We're like six episodes in we're like damn it.

Mikaela: I did ask Jake. I was like, what's your favorite secondhand thing? And he's I don't know. And I was like, it could be anything, someone could have bought it. Someone could have given it to you, like what? And he was like, mm. I was like, what even about our couch. He's like, yeah, probably our couch. I was like, cool. I probably won't include you in the podcast, but thanks.

Chloe: Thank you so much for our contribution.

Mikaela: I know it was like very helpful. Thank you.

Chloe: That's, he gets enough mentions as is.

Mikaela: Oh, I know.

Chloe: As passive aggressive as they might be.

Mikaela: Ugh.

Chloe: we get it. You have a boyfriend oh my [00:29:00] god.

Mikaela: And we get it. But yeah. What about, what about you? Have you got some friends stories now or?

Chloe: I have one from my mum.


All right. I'll show you the picture afterwards. Here is the story from mama Coco herself.

I had a mission to buy something Kitch from the local car boot sale and was not disappointed. The four foot tall hollow fiberglass hand was lying on the grass. The seller saw my interest and said seven pounds before I could even ask the price before I could say, yes, that's a sale.

He said five pounds. It was a little awkward to carry around. And I had lots of offers to give me a hand. It's been with us for many years now, and I have no idea where it came from originally, but I love it. It sits on the shelf with a campbell soup box bought at a vintage shop in Vancouver. That's what my dad said. I love my box.

Mikaela: That's so funny.

Chloe: Here is the hand for anyone [00:30:00] listening. This will be on Instagram.

Mikaela: It's so random.

Chloe: It's a huge hand and you can,

Mikaela: it's huge.

Chloe: Scroll. You can see, oh my God. Sorry about my phone. Yeah. You can see a campbell soup box next to it.

Mikaela: Oh, right. That's cool.

Chloe: And it just to point out right now above it, you can that spiky thing.

Mikaela: Yeah.

Chloe: That is a, light shade made from zip ties.

Mikaela: What?

Chloe: I'll show it to you again. That's so, it's like they all zip tie to like an orb and shoot out. So that's the end of the zip ties and they're all like painted black. And that hand right now sits at the top of a shelf, but previously it was on her side of the living room and she had put a light inside it.

So it was a big glowing hand on the wall.

Mikaela: I love it. I feel like she just makes everything into light.

Chloe: Meanwhile, yeah. Meanwhile, there's a torso that she stabbed and put light. [00:31:00] into

Mikaela: So where's the rest of this body, got the hand in the torso. Have you got any legs hiding anywhere?

Chloe: I think there's a foot

Mikaela: I love it. A foot. You could just do like a game of trying to find the body parts in, in your parents' house.

Chloe: Oh my gosh. There's many fun things, but somehow it all looks amazing. People come in. They're like, I love this house. Like it's colorful. It's it's a personality.

It's brilliant. Like they've got a real knack of putting things together without it being overwhelming.

Mikaela: Yeah. That's, that's a talent.

Chloe: It is, one day I hope to have it, but we just have so much stuff

Mikaela: yeah.

Chloe: One day when we own a place that's hopefully larger than this.

Hi mum. Thank you, mum.

That was brilliant.

I do love that hand as well.

Mikaela: That was very funny.

Chloe: It's gotta stay with us forever.

Mikaela: I love though that the seller was like [00:32:00] seven, five. She didn't even say anything. She's like, okay.

Chloe: She would've been so fine with it. Like no, no.

Mikaela: Oh, well bargain.

Chloe: You must take it for less.

Mikaela: Yep. Yep. That's so funny.

Chloe: I hope that they know how well appreciated their hand is.

Mikaela: Definitely. All right. Do you wanna keep going with yours or?

Chloe: I have two others. I can keep going if you like.

Mikaela: I have two clothing ones and one non clothing one.

Okay. I'll keep going.

Chloe: Only one of mine actually is about clothes. All right. This is from my other chum. Hi chum. I haven't asked if I can say anyone's names. So I won't chum number one. So she told me about a water filter.

She said, I grabbed it in November from a lady that moved interstate. It's a filteroo that originally cost over $300 and I got it for $40. It made it through our interstate move safely in a bag full of clothes. When we reached, when we reached, oh, I think when they got where they were meant to go, part of the lid was broken, [00:33:00] but again, it was easily fixed with some strong glue, amazing save.

And I don't see me getting rid of it until we have our own place and put on a essential osmosis system, whatever filter.

Mikaela: So is this like a, a water filter, like a jug thing? Or is it like a,

Chloe: I think, I think it's a more serious. Water filter.

Mikaela: Yeah. Cause I know you can get like water filters that go under your sink and stuff, but I'm not very well versed in water filtration,

Chloe: I don't have a picture of it, yet. I'm afraid. But I'll, I'll link you at some point, but amazing that it was $300 and she got it for $40.

Mikaela: Yeah. That's a steal,

Chloe: so good.

Mikaela: That's very good.

Chloe: And I would jump quickly into my last one. I actually had a few, this is my friend from the UK. The first one, like the most classic one, she got a floral vintage dress from a charity shop or a vintage shop and she just loves it basically.

Mikaela: Yeah.

Chloe: I dunno why I'm looking through messages cause I know that she sent me a voice message and was like, wait, no, that was just for you.

Mikaela: Oh, bless. Panic [00:34:00] don't include me

Chloe: I was like, oh wait, no, like I've said too much. So I'll go back.

Mikaela: Oh, that's so funny.

Chloe: We started talking cause I asked Instagram like, Hey, does anyone have some stories?

And I said to her like, Hey, are you gonna mention that time? You took my brush at university, my hairbrush. And like just kept it in your room until it became yours. And she's like, well, yes, I could mention that and then she realized, oh my gosh, it's been eight years. I should have a different brush. I know.

Mikaela: Oh, right.

Chloe: Yeah. I think she, she may still have the brush.

Mikaela: That's fine. Actually. I think my hairbrush is pretty old now that I think, now that, Ooh

Chloe: oh, no,

Mikaela: I'm just having a moment there. Oh, crap. I don't actually know how old my hairbrush is.

Chloe: If there is a sudden spike in people buying new hair brushes

Mikaela: yeah. I mean, I guess, I guess you can clean a hair brush.

It's not like a toothbrush, like

Chloe: yeah. You can probably shampoo them.

Mikaela: Yeah. I dunno. [00:35:00]

Chloe: Probably

Mikaela: Can't say I've ever cleaned my hairbrush either.

Chloe: has anyone tried? Yeah. Let us know. Oh, I get fluff and all sorts. I think my hairs so long, it collects things.

Mikaela: Oh yeah. Your hair is very long.

Chloe: It has its own little ecosystem.

Mikaela: Very random little side note about hair brushes. Funniest thing. When we moved into this house, we found like little Lego things everywhere. Again, I don't, I don't know if I've told you this or not. And then randomly, I kept finding this little black, like, it looked almost like a wand and it had a little thing at the bottom where it looked like a Lego hand went and I was like, oh, it must be like part of the toy or something.

This is so weird. So I like picked it up and then put it on a counter somewhere and then it appeared again. And I was like, what? And this is like months, like apart. I'm like, what is going on? Why is this here again? I put it over there and I turn around and I'm like, It's [00:36:00] there, now I have two of them and I genuinely was starting to think, holy crap, like, is our house cursed?

Is there like a creepy child ghost somewhere? That's like moving like their Lego around. Yeah. Anyway, so I'm using my hairbrush and yes, it's old and I'm brushing my hair and I'm like, oh, I hear something drop on the floor. And I look down and it's the fucking Lego wand thing. Oh my God. It's a spoke from my hairbrush.

I was like,

Chloe: Nooo.

Mikaela: Ohhhh. So I looked down at my hairbrush and I counted the holes that were missing little like, you know, spokes or whatever they're called. And I was like, oh yes, that aligns with the amount of haunted Lego wands I found.

Chloe: Suddenly it all makes sense.

Mikaela: It makes sense. I was, I was losing my mind.

I was like, Jake, I don't understand. I've put this here. Why is it appearing over here? What is going on?

Chloe: I think that's my favorite ghost story ever.

Mikaela: Yeah. So haunted, hairbrush.

Chloe: I love that so much

Mikaela: Creepy child [00:37:00] ghost? No, just me needing, probably needing a new hairbrush. still using it.

Chloe: Happens to the best of us.

The last thing that my British friend said was actually about a mug that our other friend that we lived with was given by her boyfriend.

but she didn't like the mug or I think they broke up and she didn't want the mug anymore, but my friend really liked the mug. It was like a huge mug, fit, like the best amount of coffee. So she used it every single day. And so she's had that for like the past eight years as well and unfortunately it broke pretty recently, so she doesn't have it anymore.

I'd have loved to share a picture of it. Cause it also said, I love you on the bottom. so you drink and, you know, get a little affirmative message.

Mikaela: Oh, that's so funny.

Chloe: It's brilliant. It was a good mug

Mikaela: I loved that it was her, your friend's like gift from a, a maybe ex-boyfriend.

Chloe: Yeah,

Mikaela: that is so funny.

Chloe: It's brilliant.

But she was like, yep. Chloe [00:38:00] didn't want the hairbrush, so I'll have it. She doesn't want that mug I'll have that also.

Hit me with your stories.

Mikaela: Okay. So I've got two, clothing ones. These are just from my like high school friends. So one of them, said that her formal dress was, second hand from an op shop.

So she loves it and she said, she's keeping it for her children one day, maybe.

Chloe: Oh, that's so sweet.

Mikaela: And then my other friend chimed in and said, oh, you also borrowed my mum's 40th birthday dress from 1998 to another formal. And it was like a black square neck, like tight fitting with a slit up the side, like my friend found a photo very quickly and I was like, Ooh.

So that was fun. And then I have same chat. Someone else says, uh, the dress I wore to one of her boyfriend at the time's formal was one of her mum's old beauty pageant dresses.

Chloe: Oh wow.

Mikaela: So her mum was used to be in [00:39:00] beauty pageants and they have like this crazy Tiara at their house, which I like love every time I go there, I just stare at it in the cabinet.

But unfortunately she doesn't have any photos of it. But it's still pretty cool.

Chloe: The only thing I know about, Australian culture is the film Strictly Ballroom. So I'm assuming that that's

Mikaela: Well, she, she actually was, in Singapore, I think she won miss Singapore back in the day.

Chloe: Wow.

Mikaela: Which is pretty cool. Yeah. She said there was a photo of my mom wearing it when she was filming a movie and I was like,

Chloe: oh my goodness.

Mikaela: Send me these photos please.

Chloe: Yes.

Mikaela: But unfortunately I think. Yeah, they didn't have them, but I've got, oh, actually I have quite a few dress ones. Yeah. I've got another one.

Another friend says I don't really have many, but I had a nineties prom party and got a blue dress with pink flowers on it from the op shop for like $20. Wore it for the party, won prom queen and then donated it back.

Chloe: Nice. That's [00:40:00] very like, that gave me sisterhood of the traveling pants vibes.

Mikaela: Yeah.

Chloe: Like you had a dress, had a great time in it.

Mikaela: Like now it's for the next one. Yeah. Next person to win prom queen.

Chloe: Yes. That's so cool.

Mikaela: It's so fun. Yes. And then my lucky last, which is not clothing related, which I love is, Jake's dad. So I asked them, I was like, what's the best secondhand item or find that you have, like don't, you could have purchased it.

You could have whatever. And he said it was his mower. So I got like a ride on proper like mower. He said he almost put a deposit on a new one and then was like, mm I'll have a look on eBay. And he found this one for $6,000. Like, it's like a proper one.

Chloe: Is that?

Mikaela: And he was like umming and,

Chloe: cheap?

Mikaela: Well, he was umming and ahh-ing and like, you know, it came with all these other contraptions.

So he looked online and it was worth $20,000. So he bought it for 6 grand [00:41:00] and it's still going like over 10 years strong. So yeah.

Chloe: Brilliant.

Mikaela: Very exciting.

We love, we love,

It just goes to show though. You can buy anything secondhand. It could be clothing, cars, basically anything except for maybe health items, or I probably wouldn't buy those secondhand.

Chloe: And the great thing about mowers as well. Well, not just mowers, like mowers, bikes, toasters, and clothing, that sort of thing. They can all be taken to repair cafes. Which, that is like a worldwide thing. So wherever you're listening from lovely listeners, there's probably repair cafe near you.

I was surprised there was one 15 minute drive away from me. And usually it operates like one every other Saturday or every other Sunday, or at least once a month. They've got just different people that donate their time. Like they don't even accept donations at these places. You can buy a cup of tea and a biscuit. I think if you want to, but they just sit there and like, they, they know what they're doing. There was like a tech guy there, there's someone like [00:42:00] fixing toasters, someone with a little soldiering iron, people there that knew how to sew and like repair different garments. It was brilliant. People were just there that wanted to help fix things and give things a better life.

Mikaela: That is a really good idea. I'll have to have a look and see if there's anything close to me.

Chloe: Oh, I hope so. If not, you could totally be one of those people as if you have the time to, but.

Mikaela: Yeah, well, yeah, no, I feel like, eh, I probably don't need anything else on my plate, but yeah, maybe.

Chloe: For sure. What's one more thing?

Mikaela: Ah, so yeah, I think we've got a pretty good mix of some stories, but if you guys have any other ones that you wanna share, please send it to us. And we would love to see photos and send us voice notes, anything like that.

Chloe: Yeah. This would be such a fun listeners episode. Wouldn't it?

Mikaela: It would be.

Chloe: Find out people's things. Yes stories and the pictures to go along with it, please, please. I would love that so much.

Mikaela: Yes. That would be really fun. I actually just had a message from my friend with some more information on the dress that the other friend wore to the formal. So she says,

Chloe: my goodness.[00:43:00]

Mikaela: I know. I was like very good timing. I was like, I have to include this. So she said the dress was Sammy Dew's. She wore it to a fundraising ball in Sydney, approximately in 1995 and then gave the dress to my friend's sister, she's got the ages there as well. So she says, hang on. Oh, they can't find a photo, but that's okay.

So she said Sammy was approximately 27 years old. Her sister was 13, almost 14 when she wore it as well. So

Chloe: that's so cool. I love that these things, keep on going.

Mikaela: I know. And I love that like, they've kept them as well. It's like so good.

Chloe: Yeah. I think I actually own, one of my grandma's wedding dresses.

So at some point I know I need to do something with it and see if it's something that would suit me or be turned into something else. And I actually have taken some photographs in it and like me and like a nice shoot out in Cornwall, somewhere windy and like r,ocky and [00:44:00] grassy and looking very Cornish.

So we like took pictures of it for her birthday.

Mikaela: That's so, Aw, bless. That's so sweet.

Chloe: That's good. I'll, I'll put that in our little collage. Yeah. Cause that's a second hand something. And from that same grandma is this scarf and this jumper. She has very good style.

Mikaela: Go, grandma. I've actually got a few good things from my grandma too.

I feel like they were very stylish.

Chloe: Grandma's are very stylish.

Mikaela: Yep. So the next thing I thought it would be fun to touch on some cool businesses that are involved in secondhand things. So the first one that came to mind was actually, Upparel. I feel like I saw them on Instagram.

Chloe: Upparel. What is it?

U P P A R E L.

Mikaela: Yes. Yeah. So, basically I've, I've just copied this from their website. It says our mission is to reduce the number of textiles that end up in landfill due to massive garment over production and non-existent recycling and upcycling initiatives. So they are a [00:45:00] clothing recycling collection business.

So basically you choose how much weight you have to recycle and the number of boxes to be collected. So you can do, like, for example, one box up to 10 kilos is $25 and you can put all your things in there. So they do sock recycling. They do, you can do clothing and they'll go through it. And if there's anything that can be repurposed or, you know, that's in good enough condition that can be reused, they'll sort it that way.

Yeah. And then. Something that, is no good. They compile it together and shred it down and make it into new products. It's pretty cool. And they're actually in Bayside, which is like where near, where I used to live. So that's very cool. And, definitely worth a look on their website. They've got a few stats there.

Yeah. I dunno if I should go into them. Cause I feel like we'll be here forever, but they've done some pretty cool stuff. we can leave that for the listeners to go and have a little little look, do your own research. If you've got any clothes [00:46:00] that you need to, get rid of that you don't wanna put in the trash, do not put your clothes in the trash.

Do not donate your trash to the opp shops either. Please. Please check out these guys.

Chloe: Well, here is my one and only stat. And that's from the Salvation Army or well, a stat about the Salvation Army and that's that they sell less than 5% of all the items that are donated. They end up spending $6 million per year on landfill fees.

So we donate too much to them. We only buy. Or we, or it's yeah, like only 5% of what we donate gets sold and the rest of it,

Mikaela: that's crazy.

Chloe: They have to pay to center landfill. So like, to me, that, that does not add up and therefore,

Mikaela: wow. That's the flawed system.

Chloe: Yeah. I feel like we need to like keep buying from these op shops and from secondhand shops.

But we need to think about other ways to get rid of our clothes. So Upparel sounds like a really, really great way. That's definitely one of the ways I'd want to do so in the future.

Mikaela: Yeah. I've actually got a, a box under [00:47:00] the stairs of things compiling so that I can send a, send one big box.

Chloe: Yes. Yeah.

Cause I guess you, you pay for it, right. So you want to send like the full weight.

Mikaela: Yeah. And I don't, well, the other thing too is like freight stuff. Like I don't wanna freight a half thing I'd like to, you know, make it worthwhile.

Chloe: Yeah. Yeah. Good idea.

Mikaela: Yes. Okay.

Chloe: Do you have another cool business?

Mikaela: I do. And I think you'll know this one, Swap-A-Porter.

Chloe: I do know Swap-A-Porter. Is this,

Mikaela: yes.

Chloe: Layana?

Mikaela: Yeah. Layana, So this, this gal is amazing, Chloe and I were actually supposed to go to a clothing swap that she was organizing. Unfortunately, she couldn't go, but I bought a different friend, so that was okay. But, it started off as an Instagram page for swapping clothing items during COVID and, Layana is actually an international student living in Australia and she really liked the clothing swap parties in Melbourne and thought it would be really cool if [00:48:00] you could do this online.

So she made it up. This platform, started on Instagram and now she has a website and basically you upload your items that you'd like to pass on and you get tokens, which you can then redeem for clothing that you like.

Chloe: Yes. It's so fun. Cool. I yet to use the website version, I engaged with like a swap party that she did on the Instagram page.

And that was so cool. Cause you basically like took pictures of, of your items. And then everyone's items at the same time at like 8:00 PM just got uploaded to the Swap-A-Porter stories.

Mikaela: Oh yeah.

Chloe: Yeah. And so you're like, you're tapping through like, oh my God, I like this one. Oh,

Mikaela: I want this .

Chloe: And like the rush, like I've never felt more primal.

I'm like going through all of them. It's like, I'm going through a rack of clothes, but it's just story, story, story, story, story. Yeah. Trying to find is this my size? Yeah. How are they? Look for me? Like you have to weigh up. Do you really like it? Or is it the rush?

Mikaela: oh yeah.

Chloe: I think that that gets me, but I think the [00:49:00] things that I got were really good. I got a bag that I use every day, I think

from Swap-A-Porter.

Mikaela: Brilliant. Yeah. That is really good.

Chloe: Yeah. I loved it. I love that. She took something that was in person and revamped it for the online world.

Mikaela: Definitely. I think it's, it's, it's very unique as well. I like basically all you've gotta pay is shipping, so other than that, essentially it's like free service and it means that somebody else is gonna get an item that you loved and then they are gonna get more wear out of it.

Chloe: Yeah. Yeah. It's guaranteeing that they go on to be loved somewhere else.

Mikaela: Yes.

Chloe: Awesome.

Mikaela: It's very, very good. Speaking about clothing swaps as well, there's quite a few and I'm sorry, but if you haven't noticed Chloe and I are friends and do things together.

So we actually went to another one before. Before all of this pandemic crap, called the Clothing Exchange. And there's a few around, I feel like even if you just looked up on your Facebook, you'd [00:50:00] be able to find them and basically you just bring some items that are still really good quality and in good condition and you get tokens.

So same thing as like what we just talked about online, but in person and you run around with all these other people and collect items that you'd like to take and, be friendlyand, it's pretty intense and it is a really good rush. And then you get to go home with new items.

Chloe: Yeah. It is such a good idea.

And I believe they have like, Connections behind them. So that if, if not every item is swapped, they have a designated place where they're going. So it's not like if it doesn't get swapped, it's going in the trash.

Mikaela: That's right. Yeah. So it's very, a very fun activity. And you can even bring, like Chloe said, like you can bring five items and only take two home or bring five items and don't take anything home, but have fun going around and looking at all this other stuff.

So yeah, I would recommend

Chloe: no pressure. Like you get, I think however many things you donate, that's [00:51:00] how many tokens you get,

Mikaela: you can take. Yeah.

Chloe: But you don't have to use them all.

Mikaela: No,

Chloe: I think there was one occasion where my friend didn't use all her tokens and she saw me pining for something and I had run out of tokens and she was like, here you go.

You want it? Half my token. I think the tokens were like, sewing buttons. So she was like, yeah, yeah. Pass me a button. I was like, oh, thank you.

Mikaela: It's like a gold, gold piece of gold.

Chloe: It was it made my day.

Mikaela: that's very good. Very good.

Chloe: Yeah. That's great. They are very cool. Do you have some more cool businesses? Mikaela: That is it for now. Just those little three. Chloe: Okay. Well that leads me very nicely onto the last segment of the day, which is similar, more tips about how to dispose of clothes and other items without taking them to a secondhand store. Cause of course you can, that's still an option, but please don't leave stuff outside a charity's shop.

And the best thing to do is go in and ask if there is anything they're [00:52:00] lacking because you don't want it to go in and then just become crusty stock. That's not gonna go anywhere.

Mikaela: That's a very good point.

Chloe: Be nice. Be kind and consider the fact that you want to get rid of something and that's fine, but if they won't sell it, then you need to try to find somewhere else. That was gonna love it a bit more. So the first place that is great to do this now is online. There are so many places you can do that. Now, Facebook marketplace eBay. I know that my mum pretty much had a business at one point where she would go to carbo sales or just like got sick of her own closet and just flogged it on eBay.

Mikaela: Yeah. It's the way to go

Chloe: eBay, Gumtree, which I think is now owned by eBay anyway.

Mikaela: Yeah. I feel like they may be in cahoots.

Chloe: A little bit in cahoots. I think I've seen Traik say that when you post on one, it says, Hey, do you wanna post on the other one at

Mikaela: oh,

Chloe: the same time.

Mikaela: Yes. Yes.

Chloe: And Depop, I don't have a huge amount of knowledge on Depop.

I feel like you've dived into that more. Is that just clothes?

Mikaela: Uh, no. [00:53:00] I feel like they have kind of branched out into a lot of things. Like there's accessories, shoes, I've even seen sewing patterns, like, and, Depop, I've actually sold quite a lot on there, but you do have to be wary of it's a fee based thing.

So every time you sell something, they take a portion, but that's like the same as eBay, they takes a percentage. So you just have to price accordingly. But I've sold a lot on there and I've also bought a lot on there, so it's, it's good. Fun.

Chloe: Yeah. I think Depop looks so trendy. I think a lot of people have got into making it look like a little shop or even having a shop that's fully on Depop.

Yeah. People have stores on there where they sell thousands and thousands of items. They run a business off of Depop and, Yeah, there's actually another one as well. That was in Australia called Carousell. I haven't used that in a while, but when I first started Leo, I, I looked at that and I was like talking to the, the girl [00:54:00] who'd started that up.

Mikaela: So there's a few different platforms around.

Chloe: Yeah. And soon that might be another one?

Mikaela: Soon. Yes, yo may have heard me mention, you can follow me @retrokittyvintage on, Instagram. I think that's my handle. I am actually not sure now because some things were stolen and I was like, Hmm, excuse me. Why are you using this, this handle?

And you're not even doing anything anything on it.

Chloe: I think you, I think you're right. I think it is Retro Kitty Vintage.

Mikaela: Retro Kitty Vintage. It's basically vintage, secondhand item and reworked goods. So that is in the works, hoping to launch. Fairly soon keeping in mind, September. So, so like, hopefully I'll be a bit

Chloe: soon in September, or?

Mikaela: Yes.

I'd say probably, well, it'll be nice to be out beforehand, but we shall see. So I'm just, curating some things and getting, getting [00:55:00] the branding out.

Chloe: You guys will be the first to know when Retro Kitty Vintage is live.

Mikaela: Most definitely. Yes.

Chloe: I'm so excited because your style is so colorful, so happy, so vibrant.

And I love your just eclecticness of new and vintage and it all comes together. You have an eye for it. So I'm really excited to see it.

Mikaela: That is likethe biggest compliment ever. Thank you. I, I, my you're favorite thing is to find items that have on the tag made in Australia. Yeah. I, I just, I do a little like dance when I find them.

I'm like, oo and often I keep things like that. Like I'm a bit of a sucker. Yeah. It's, it's hard to, be like, no, no, somebody else will like this. Somebody else will probably wear it more than me., I know. So it's a very exciting little find. So I've got lots of goodies to share with you.

Chloe: I'm so excited for you.

Okay. All right. So that is selling online. [00:56:00] Another option is to sell through a consignment store and there's two I know about. Twoish, there's heaps. There's heaps out there. My, my Nana that has the wonderful fashion sense. I know that she has also sold a lot of her old things in consignment stores, where basically you bring in your old stuff, it's all got to be in good nick.

And sometimes it has to be specific brands or a specific style because it's gotta go to the audience. Like the people that come into that store and either they give you a price for it then and there, or they keep it. And then once it's sold, you get a percentage of the profits. Pretty much.

Mikaela: That's a good idea.

Chloe: That's a good way of getting it gone and knowing that eventually it will be in good hands. Usually if you shop at consignment stores, I think it's more pricey than a secondhand store,

Mikaela: but it is, but it's better quality, like some brand names and luxury items as well. I think.

Chloe: Yes. Yes, absolutely. Like, you know what you're getting when you go in there, it's more tailored.

And a [00:57:00] great one in Melbourne is called Mutual Muse. My friend, Jenna, from Ironic Minimalist, she works with mutual news. So if you ever pop down there, say hi, and they often get some puppies in there too. So say Hello. And a great one. I think someone that I believe worked at Mutual Muse, she started an Instagram account called Re Active.

And honestly, before this, I hadn't thought about secondhand active wear. But that's, that's pretty much what she does. Like people, I think, show her in person or send pictures of their active wear. And as long as it's in good nick, then the same sort of thing happens where like, I think she offers you a price and she'll upload them on post and on stories and be like, this is this much for these leggings, yada, yada.

And it's brilliant. Like that's where I've got one of my sports bras recently and it's so good.

Mikaela: That's actually a really good idea. Cause I don't think I've ever seen any active wear or if I do, I feel like it's kind of like shy away from it. Like it's not, I [00:58:00] haven't seen it where you buy good. Secondhand stuff.

Chloe: Yeah. There's usually a kind of scraggly rail of it in the op shop, right? There's not, much there

Mikaela: It's mixed with like the bras and stuff and it's like,

Chloe: yeah, they dunno how to market it quite well, but this reactive on Instagram. Brilliant. She's not always active on it. But it's really good. I really, really like that.

Mikaela: Cool. I'll have a stalk.

Chloe: So selling through a consignment store and we've already mentioned clothes swaps, but I had that as a little tip here for what you should try to do before going to an op shop. The last thing we have, which I know that Mikaela will be all over is revamping damaged items.

And that could be through visible mending, which I love. you could even use it as rags. If you, if it's something that's been damaged, like yeah. Why not give it a second life? Ethically Kate on Instagram, if you're not following already, please do. I believe she saved up like old socks and things and use them as stuffing for a dog bed.

Mikaela: Ah, that's what I'm doing with all [00:59:00] my teeny tiny fabric scraps.

Chloe: Are you, it sounds like such a good idea. As long as you have a plan.

Mikaela: Yeah. I don't know if it's gonna be a dog bed or like a pillow or something, but I've got enough to be able to make like a nice. A nice soft.

Chloe: So that is a really good idea. And it will be super thick and soft.

Mikaela: Yeah, I've seen actually someone do a Ottoman as well. Like I'm talking like a big one,

Chloe: wow. Fun, chunky.

Mikaela: And they like shoved it full. And I was like, that's smart because where else is it gonna go?

Chloe: Doing that with your scraps? That's brilliant. I wish I was imaginative imaginative enough, but then I don't actually have scraps, but I will.

I'm sure I've got heaps of socks and things that I maybe should stop wearing.

Mikaela: Yes. Well, you can also send your socks to Upparel. Oh, yeah. I believe they started with socks. They did.

Chloe: Yes. Humble beginnings. So that is just a few options that you can do that avoids taking your clothes or your other items to the charity shop as your first point of call.

That can definitely [01:00:00] still be something that you do. But when there are fantastic companies like Upparel, you know, you've got lots of places you can go to first,

Mikaela: For sure.

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Chloe: Beautiful

Mikaela: Goodbye.

Chloe: Bye everyone.

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