"Once I became a mum, my priorities about family and work life balanced changed. I looked in my wardrobe at my 'work' clothes, 'going out' clothes, clothes that didn't really fit me quite right anymore and I toyed with the idea of selling on eBay or other markets, but thought it would take too much time and effort for little return."
"I thought,"Wouldn't it be awesome if we could just have one big hall set up, where people could sell their items and others could come to shop". The inaugural event held in Newcastle, May 2010 attracted over 1000 people and so Raid My Wardrobe was born."
"After that first event I realised this is what women wanted and so I have been running 3 events in Newcastle each year ever since."
I notice your next market date is sold out, has it taken a while for the markets to get going, or did they become popular fairly quickly?
"They became popular quickly. I was really surprised. The local press are very supportive and we have a fantastic word of mouth community here. The first event had over 1000 people attend and around 40 stallholders (with another 40 on the waiting list). The stall for each event now book out within a few hours to 2 days."
What is your career background prior to starting Raid My Wardrobe?
"I'm a former primary school teacher and taught for around 10 years then moved into management of a children's charity for about 3 years. People are surprised when they realise that I don't have a background in fashion. I have a passion and interest in all things sustainable and natural. I'm a greenie at heart and I love pre-loved shopping."
"My dream is for Raid My Wardrobe to be a national and international brand. I believe that this (and responsible on-line shopping) is the future of retail fashion shopping as more people become aware of their impact on environments and communities. So you never know when Raid My Wardrobe may pop up in your city. Watch this space!"
What would you say has been the best bargain/s presented at your market?
"So many to mention, designer jeans like True Religion and Sass & Bide for $15 - $25, and gorgeous Alannah Hill, Nicola Finetti and Trelise Copper cocktail dresses for between $35 - $50."