Many months ago we were lucky enough to happen upon a unique store called, The Old New in Wentworthville, NSW. It’s a second-hand store but not like most. What makes the concept so different is you can also donate your clothes (in good condition) here for a shopping credit.
While we admit to falling victim to a great new bargain we also love the recycling economy and like to find balance in our purchases. So we love how this shop ticks the retail therapy boxes as well as the ethical ones. Thankfully, unlike many other ec0-friendly goods, this doesn’t come at a heightened cost. In fact, you’ll find designer labels at a fraction of the cost, most at a high standard of “used condition” and some brand new with tags. We spoke with the owner, Amanda to find out a little more details about her clever shop. Note: she also stocks online at The Old New
Can you tell us about the name?
I guess the name The Old New refers to recycling old clothes to someone else’s new wardrobe. If that makes sense. Kinda like someone’s trash is some else’s treasure.
What is the stores’ origin story?
I originally bought the store off a couple of young girls who just didn’t have the time to expand the business. I bought it in Sept 2017. I had just resigned after 12 years being an embryologist, having 2 children and a kidney transplant. I saw an opportunity to grow a business from home in my own time with my children and around appointments.
What can we find in-store?
Customers can find all sorts of fashion treasures in my store. It’s a recycled ladies fashion store. Meaning at any point in time the products are different. We have new stock coming in all the time. We stock branded items such as Cue, Sass n Bide, Country Road, Mimco, Guess, review and much more.
We have clothes and items coming in all the time. We offer store credit to clients when clients give me clothes. We also accept donations. We have a list on my webpage of brands we don’t like to accept.
Who is your typical customer?
Women who love a bargain and know their brands.
I’m opened by appointment but I love to host events for people to enjoy and relax whilst shopping. We recently had my garage converted to a studio by Tara Denis from Better Homes and Gardens. So visiting my studio is a very intimate experience. No need to worry about trolleys and parking and crazy people in general. Keep posted on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events.
What do you enjoy most about working within your community?
I love giving the opportunity for women to look and feel good about themselves with a tight budget for any occasion. I also love the world of sustainability. So instead of throwing away clothes, we can recycle them to someone else, fighting the war on waste. I especially like opening this concept to others in the community.
What makes The Old New special?
I would think the point of difference for The Old New is by giving the opportunity for ladies to trade clothes for store credit. This allows ladies to buy clothes for our ever-changing bodies at a low cost.
For more info check out The Old New here.
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