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Published August 23rd 2011
Walking up the laneways at Paddington, Surry Hills and New Town, the hype of vintage style is almost too difficult to ignore. Whilst the fashions from the 60s, 70s and 80s may arise once again in the 21st century, it not only relates to pure personal reminiscence of the good old times, but also contributes to sustain our environment. Wondering where to get such vintage gear and experience its ever-growing eco-benefits? Weekend Notes has the answer.

Some follow the crowd, though some decide to create one's unique style. Instead of dumping your hard-earned dollars in the materialistic pool, the sale of ever-lasting classics in Vinnies and the following list of local markets are never restricted to a limited time period only. The time machine can rewind your clock back to capture the most beautiful sentiments in vintage fashion.


Vintage Vibe

Stepping into the St Vincent de Paul Society: Vinnies, a magical discovery of rare treasures begins. Vinnies is possibly one of the most renowned vintage secret gardens on earth. It offers a huge collection of dressed items, ranging from punk accessories, Bon Jovi sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn leather hand bags, James Dean denim jeans to shoes that have been once stepped thousands of miles. The stereotype of target customers is no longer limited to the poor and needy, rather, a younger generation of fashion fanatics. The up and coming fashion trend is now infused with charisma released from the retro spirit.

A cure for shopaholics: Swapstyle

Shopaholic /ʃɒpəˈhɒlɪk/ (noun) refers to a compulsive shopper. It describes a hysteric condition when an individual has lost self-control and discipline in consumption.


Have you ever felt frustrated with the huge amount of clothes in your wardrobe, and yet you still don't know what to wear for the day? Have you ever considered of throwing away everything and completely switching to the most acclaimed fashion line introduced by your favourite magazine? Who doesn't want to become "fashionable"? Feeling stuck? To buy, or not to buy: that is the question.

Swapstyle aims to tackle the root of your unlimited desires by giving you a chance to promote an ethical shopping culture. It ends the vicious cycle of money waste, by allowing women to swap and trade their unwanted clothes with one another freely. This social networking platform serves a purpose of turning trash into treasure, without sending your clothing items to the landfills. They may become someone else's newfound treasure, after all. Shop for a good cause. You are always welcome to join in for a bit of rewarding online shopping experience! Money does not always buy happiness. At Swapstyle, there is no monkey business, just reviving funkiness!

Ever-growing Eco-benefits at local street markets

Local street markets are in fact bringing the shopping heaven to ground. Bondi, Glebe, Paddington and Surry Hills are just a few of the top tier markets in Sydney that are leading the way. Anyone can rent a cute little stall to sell the used items with your best friends during the weekend. Cash converter in fashion like this recycles the unwanted, and minimizes trash.

Besides protecting the environment, you can also make a commitment to encourage a more sustainable fashion industry by kindly participating in donating clothes to Vinnies. This brings an eco-solution to relive the less wasteful fashion world. Otherwise, you can always swing by the following recommended markets and discover something aspiring, decent and invaluable to stock up your winter wardrobe this year! By mixing and matching a versatile selection of remarkable clothing items, you are about to begin a green journey of retro expression.

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1. Bondi Markets

Where: Bondi Beach Public School Grounds, Campbell Parade
When: Sunday 10am - 4pmhttp://www.bondimarkets.com.au/

2. Glebe Markets

Where: Glebe Public School Glebe, Glebe Point Road
When: Saturday 10am - 4pm
www.glebemarkets.com.au

3. Paddington Markets

Where: Uniting Church, Cnr Newcombe & Oxford Streets, Paddington
When: Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00pm
www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au

4. Surry Hills Markets

Where: 450a Crown Street Surry Hills
When: First Saturday of the month 8:30 am - 4pmhttp://www.shnc.org/markets/
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Why? Because vintage fashion trend is going green!
When: Every weekend
Where: Bondi, Glebe, Paddington and Surry Hills Markets
Cost: Free entry, yet the visit is absolutely rewarding!
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