Sustainable fashion and responsible shopping are becoming a worldwide movement very quickly.
Think about how much clothing end up in landfill; 6000 kilos every 10 minutes according to the ABC's War On Waste.
Although fundamental changes are required to be made in the fashion industry to achieve more sustainable solutions, we as consumers can also contribute to the cause by buying less fast fashion and op-shopping more.
Op shopping means that you'd be able to buy a better quality item with a lesser price of a fast fashion item and use it for a longer period of time, look more stylish and feel fantastic.
Fusion Op Shop Hornsby has been a local favourited of mine for a couple of years now. The shop is very small, compared to some of the other op shops around the Hornsby area, however, there are many treasures in the shelves and displays waiting to be found, loved and adored again.
In front of the shop next to the entrance, there is always a table of sale items and the prices are as low as a dollar.
The other fantastic thing about the shop is they don't price their items based on the brands, so there is a chance of finding a designer dress priced as low as $12.
My best finds in the last couple of visits include brand New Nine West shoes $12, Tommy watch for $2, Mimico bracelet for $5 and Veronika Main belt for $3.
Their jewellery display and shoe racks are where I usually find many gorgeous pieces which are usually in good to excellent condition. I have also been lucky to score some amazing outfits and bags in the Fusion shop.
There are books, cups, glasses and other small kitchen and decorative items (priced as low as 20 cents), women, men and kids' outfits, hats, scarfs, bags and belts, and many more to look through and find yourself a treasure.
I am always welcomed with the brightest smiles, by the volunteers running the shop and I have the best conversations with them during my browsing (which generally ends up with me buying a couple of items).
A magnificent team of volunteers run the Fusion Op Shop
Fusion Australia is more than just an op shop, they are a not-for-profit community and youth organisation and they run several national and locally focussed projects. Fusion started 50 years ago. Their goal is to build a strong community around the young people and bring them together, as they believe, a well-built relationship between the youths and their community contributes to their development in becoming responsible adults.
Fusion has a variety of programs consisting of after school and holiday program for kids, homework help groups, toy library and playgroups, care for homeless, youth café, op shops, art workshops and many more.
I encourage you to see their website or visit your local Fusion centre.
How can you help?
Volunteer in their op shops, cafes, homework help groups and become part of the team.
Participate in their activities.
Shop at Fusion OpShops.
Donate at donate.fusion.org.au or donate to the shop. Also, you can donate non-perishable food items for their homeless awareness and fundraising program.