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Recycled Clothing Market - taking fashion full circle
Three Sixty Fashion Market is a vintage, retro, handmade and preloved fashion market held in Kingston at the Fitters Workshop, next to the Old Bus Depot Markets. It is called the "Three Sixty Market" as it aims to create a loop between selling and buying fashion, recycling clothing to make a full circle. Instead of filling up landfill with clothes that people throw out, these markets are an opportunity to recycle preloved clothing in a fashionable, fun and stylish environment.
These markets are held every few months as the seasons change - see their website and Facebook for the next date of these fashionable markets. They have approximately 30 stalls on the day and you get to meet the owners of the clothing you are about to buy and hear about their history. Apart from ladies fashion there is also men's and women's accessories, men's clothes, childrenswear, millinery and handmade jewellery.
...and of course shoes! Source: Three Sixty Markets Facebook.
Due to their vision of providing a recycled fashion market, they do not have stalls selling new stock, seconds or items shops can't clear. Their aim is to also help new designers and craftspeople to get their ideas up and running, so they do not accept stallholders who have a shop front.
This market has a strong ethics that has been an inspiration to other like-minded people in the community. The organisers have also received an award from the Governor General for the "Keep Australia Beautiful Dame Phyllis Frost Award for Litter Prevention, Resource Recovery and Waste Management" (2015) for their good work, vision and efforts in bringing this market together.
The markets are held at Kingston's The Fitter Workshop which is located next door to the weekly Bus Depot Markets, so there is plenty of parking around the Kingston Foreshore and fun "vibe" on the day. There is also a coffee van conveniently located outside the markets to help sustain you through your bargain hunting marathon.
The benefit of running these markets every few months is that as the seasons change, so does the fashion. It gives you the opportunity to shop for your new wardrobe for the next season and for stallholders to clear out their wardrobes…to make room for more!
So for a fun day of fashion, check their website for their next market and get involved in the movement of the three sixty cycle of fashion.