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Raid My Wardrobe - Newcastle

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Raid My Wardrobe has been providing the women of Newcastle and The Hunter Valley, with the only pre-loved fashion market in the region for the past 3 years.

Sunday 2nd June marks the 3rd birthday of Raid My Wardrobe, which will be held from 10am 1pm, at Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Cnr Curley Rd and Young Rd, Broadmeadow.

Expect 45 stalls selling hundreds of pre-loved designer labels and genuine 1940's to 1980's vintage fashion. You'll find clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories, all for bargain prices.

I have been in touch with Rachel, the owner and founder of Raid My Wardrobe, to find out a little more behind her successful fashion business:

What inspired you to start Raid My Wardrobe in Newcastle?

"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."

You offer Raid My Wardrobe in Sydney and Hunter Valley as well as Newcastle, would you consider launching Raid My Wardrobe in other cities around the country too?

"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."

If you're local to Newcastle do visit and celebrate Raid My Wardrobe's 3rd birthday, offering fabulous pre-loved fashion and vibrant vintage to buy, delicious creamy cupcakes to eat (from Cupcake Espresso), gold recycling, and lots of prizes.

Entry is $3, bring cash with you, as there are no ATMs.
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Why? Buy pre-loved fashion
When: Sunday 2nd June, 10am 1pm
Where: Newcastle Basketball Stadium. Cnr Curley Road and Young Road, Broadmeadow.
Cost: $3 entry
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