Last Saturday I went to the Valley Fiesta’s “Valley Swap Shoppe”– a pop-up fashion exchange put together by Undress Brisbane and hosted by Cloudland. The premise is simple, take up to five pieces of pre-loved clothing and swap them with like-minded fashion lovers.

After lining up for around thirty minutes, the eager crowd was unleashed upon the racks of clothing that were up for grabs, and when I write ‘grabs’, I really mean it – it was a fashion frenzy! Imagine Boxing Day sales but crazier!

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There were leather skirts, denim jackets, retro dresses and plenty of sequins. I clawed my way through the clothing racks and came away with some amazing vintage pieces. After I’d finished and caught my breath, I inspected my haul and realised that luckily all of my picks were the right size. I really felt like I’d won a lottery!

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One of my stand-out pieces is an amazing 80s blouse with a great bold print and lovely capped sleeves. The blouse had potential, and I knew it! I have paired it with a vintage skirt and belt to create an 80s secretary vibe.

80s power dressing – shirt from the swap, vintage skirt and patent leather belt from Cue.

80s power dressing – shirt from the swap, vintage skirt and patent leather belt from Cue.

Have you ever tried something on and felt like it was made for you? Well, that happened to me at the swap. My “new” emerald green blouse fits like a glove.

Green blouse from the swap, together with a maroon pinafore and knee-high socks from American Apparel.

Green blouse from the swap, together with a maroon pinafore and knee-high socks from American Apparel.

After the swap, I wandered across the road to Ric’s to check out their vintage and designer markets (held every 2nd Saturday monthly). My newly swapped garments needed some vintage-inspired necklaces.

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Rose gold necklace from Rose Coloured glasses shop at the Ric’s vintage and designer markets.

 

Scrabble piece necklace from Rose Coloured Glasses shop at the Ric’s vintage and designer markets.

Scrabble piece necklace from Rose Coloured Glasses shop at the Ric’s vintage and designer markets.

It was really refreshing to go along to a clothes swap, it was rewarding to swap instead of buy. I left wondering who might have discovered my old clothes and how they might wear them. So, keep your eyes peeled for future fashions swaps / exchanges, or maybe even hold your own!

Until next time…

The Vintage Fox
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Words by Bianca Scargill | Images by John Colombo

(Cover photo – Blue pleated shirt from the Valley Swap Shoppe paired with a yellow skater skirt, red bow belt and yellow pumps from West End Vinnies)