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Guilt-free shopping pleasure
I always think that the best clothes come from someone else's wardrobe. I'm constantly overcome by fashion envy. Just take to the streets and tell me if I'm wrong – there are some well-dressed "'istas" out there! If you are like me and are suffering from the green-eyed monster, then maybe the best place for you to be, this Sunday, is at the Geelong West Town Hall for the Take 2 Markets.
The market runs from 10am to 3pm, giving you enough time to raid the unique wardrobes of those with the fashion know-how. There will be plenty of Australian and international labels floating around, such as Arabella Ramsay, Wayne Cooper, French Connection, G-Star, Thurley, Scanlan and Theodore, Vanessa Bruno, and Isabel Marant - to name just a smattering.
It's the right time of year to spruce up for the springtime weather, with authentic and original pre-loved fashion items. At Take 2 market stalls, you can come to expect quality and affordable labels, with a recycling ethos that will have you feeling proud of your purchases. You may also need a little stealth to get your steal, as you don't want to be robbed by another girl with as good an eye as you for fashion treasure. It's a shameful sight to see two girls playing tug-of-war over a garment or a pair of boots – don't let that be you!
You will be sure to find one-off statement pieces, vintage and retro items, and high-street fashion alongside designer labels. These markets have been popping up all over Melbourne and Geelong, since their inception in 2007, by founder Rina Chia. Find out more about her brilliant vision in this WeekendNotes interview.
There will be over forty stalls at this week's final Geelong West market for the year, with hundreds of items, ranging from clothes, jewelry, hats, belts and shoes. Not knowing what you will find is all part of the excitement of rifling through stall after stall. My recommendation would be to grab a coffee and a few of your favourite girlfriends, and get into the markets early to find your exciting bargains.
Recycling has become a fashion in its own right. It makes you feel good to know that something you have once owned will be loved by someone else, not to mention saving on the landfill. That's why quality products are so essential in today's throwaway, consumer culture. Many of us still want something that can last the distance, and that means great fabrics, classic cuts, and something that stands apart from the crowd. We also want a great price to go with those requirements, and that's what Take 2 Markets is all about.
What I like about these markets is that you don't run the risk of a blunder occurring like with online shopping, such as eBay. I know I have had a few accidental fashion faux pas, all because of the adrenaline rush of the bid. Damn that little button egging me on! This Sunday, you will be able to check out your new, second-hand designer gear upon closer inspection, and those great gal pals who came along can help to steer you in the right direction, away from disaster, and into the dizzying heights of the "it girl".
For those of you in the fashion business, whether it is online or in-store, Take 2 is the place to sell. For details on how to apply for a stall visit their website. At Geelong West this weekend Mazii Preloved Designer Collections, Carousel Collections, Stuf and Co, and Curve will all be there, showing off their wonderful and unique collections.
Entrance to the market is only three dollars and includes a raffle ticket. There will be great prizes to be won and free fashion magazines being handed out. The markets also support their Geelong Community Partner, the Fight Cancer Foundation, giving you even more reasons to feel good about recycling (insert wink).