Thrifting on a budget

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If you're on a tight budget or if you're on the cusp of receiving your pay cheque, all is not lost! I am trying my very best to save for my travels this year but it is so tempting to freshen up the wardrobe, buying Shop and Elle Magazine doesn't aid this dilemma either but it always gives me the right amount of inspiration to inject something authentic into my everyday look. I love the idea that these second-hand clothes had a life before I adopted them, just imagine all the adventures that they underwent, the articles have character and personality compared to a mass produced piece of apparel.

Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsOp-shopping takes a bit of patience and without giving all my secrets away, I find that the more affluent areas always have the best finds. So you might have to travel to source the crème de la crème. Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsAlways have an open mind when op-shopping, you never know what you will come across. Bon Bon leather black point pumps $8.Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsWearing: Temt coral pleated singlet | Steele floral print shorts | Statement floral gemstone Necklace | MNG bagOp shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa Collars Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa Collars Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsKeep an eye out for staples that you can keep and look after year after year, this tan leather satchel is a great example. A cute leather bag like this is timeless and great quality, I snatched this for $9! Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsI saw this coat on the rack and I was immediately drawn to the colour, I love the Valentino style in the cut and colour. Upon trying it on I soon realised that this was a vintage Perri Cutten coat...an Australian designer in pristine condition, how can I say no to that? Especially since it was $28 too (this was the most expensive piece from the day, but it was worth every cent)Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa Collars Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsI was lucky enough to find a vintage Anne French ($15 this label is no longer in production) embroidered coat in mint condition, however I will need to work on some ideas of how I would style this intricate statement coat.  Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsIf you love vinyl records but hate spending too much money on this hobby, you are guaranteed to find something in an op-shop if you look hard enough. These vinyls cost me $1.50 each. Just make sure that you check the condition of the record before committing to a purchase. Op shop, thrift, shopping, vintage, second hand, charity, leather, jewellery, shoes, bag, nezuki, perth, perth fashion, fashion, Vanessa CollarsOverall I spent a grand total of $70, which is probably the average cost of a basic dress or blouse these days, it's a wonder what a little hunting around can do.

What is your favourite place to go shopping for second-hand items? I'd love to hear any suggestions.

--Vx