If you’ve ever thought there was nothing worth purchasing from your local op shop, think again. Or more accurately, take one look at Hannah Klose’s Instagram.
It’s filled with plenty of style inspiration, but none of it comes from mainstream fashion – directly, at least.
You see, Klose op shops all year round and shares her finds on her blog Never Ever Pay Retail.
And looking at her outfit posts, you’d never guess most of her outfits come with change from a $20 note.
Starting national #opshopweek on the right foot with brand new @converse kicks + this longline vest found @rspca_qld Wacol last night ???????? // @witcheryfashion mom jeans – $2.50 @redcrossshops Dalby + striped boatneck – $1 @vinniesqld Redcliffe + navy satchel – $8 @silky_oaks_oppshop // #nosw #rspcaopshopfinds #nevereverpayretail #vinniesfavouritethingsAdvertisement
The Brisbane-based mum works part time in radio, a move she made in 2014 in order to start her website.
“When I started Never Ever Pay Retail in 2014, my main goal was to inspire people to thrift with the amazing garments that can be found in op shops… second hand really doesn’t have to mean second best! So I thought Instagram would be the perfect platform for that. I also use the posts to share where I get the gold from, so people know where to go,” she told Mamamia.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve loved op shopping since birth. My mum is a massive op shop fiend and as soon as I could crawl/walk I was rummaging for treasure.”
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“Whenever I go to the mall now I’m always blown away by how much things cost. It’s hard to believe people fork out $50 for one item when you could almost buy a new wardrobe for that at the thrift store,” she says.
She hopes her posts will encourage others to follow in her well-heeled footsteps.
“There are SO many reasons to thrift. It’s kind on your wallet and the planet, it helps to drive down demand for sweat shop goods, and your retail therapy actually provides charities with one of their main sources of income. I call that a win-win,” she says.
“Plus you can create your own aesthetic with the unique pieces you can find, which will set you apart on the street. Even though everyone seems to be twinning at the moment, I like knowing that no one else will be wearing my ensemble.”
Here are 10 times Klose proved your local op shop has treasures for any occasion.
1. The perfect transeasonal work outfit.
This is very light on the shabby, and seriously heavy on the chic.
I don’t normally double post about an outfit, but how often is anyone given @jeffreycampbell loafers?! ???? || @davidlawrenceclothing sweater – $7 @vinniesqld + A-line skirt – $5 @ St Paul’s Ashgrove opshop + satchel – $0.75 Bardos Bazaar Caloundra || ????: @anniepappalardo #canigetawitness #smilesfordays #cloudnine #goodworks #bestthingsinlifearefree #nevereverpayretail
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on May 24, 2016 at 4:03am PDT
2. Birthday drinks.
Who said you have to drop a lot of dough on a special birthday outfit?
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on May 15, 2016 at 12:47am PDT
3. Coffee catch ups.
Professional looking? Tick. Warm-weather appropriate? Tick. Skirt to make others envious? Double tick.
M O N D A Y B L U E S || @finderskeepersthelabel skirt – $5 @ Windsor Rd thriftstore + gifted @uniqloau shirt + leather handbag – $2 @garagesaletrail || ????: #instagramhusband @danturner_26 #mondayblues #nevereverpayretail
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on Apr 17, 2016 at 11:11pm PDT
4. Market day.
Overalls are back, baby.
5. Important interview.
You’ll even have change for pre-meeting coffee.
Call me a nerd but I just did the numbers on this outfit and it came to a total of $15 including the boots and bag ???? // Caramel trench – $3.50 @ Samford Mega Garagesale + @aliceintheeve_ blouse – $2 @ Windsor Rd thriftstore + @thisiswhistles slacks – $6.50 @kirribilli_markets + boots -$3 @ The Gap Uniting Fair + bag – gifted // #mathlete #crunchingnumbers #nevereverpayretail ????: @danturner_26
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:49pm PDT
6. Friday night drinks.
Sequin jackets and pussy bow ties, oh my!
7. Saturday, all day.
Whether you’re running errands, out for lunch or heading out into the night, this outfit covers it all.
SLIPPING INTO SATURDAY // Found this midnight blue number for $6 @rspca_qld Newfarm. Can’t wait for their #thrifted Fashion Show on August 20 to kick off National @opshopweek! For a chance to win a VIP double pass, tag who you would take as your wingwoman in the comments below. Entries close August 12. Good luck ????????#rspcaopshopfinds #nationalopshopweek #nevereverpayretail ????: #instagramwife @jasmin_hynd
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on Aug 5, 2016 at 7:27pm PDT
8. Weekend activities.
Runners on your feet, a bomber on your back.
9. Fail-safe fashion.
Classic pieces to make up an outfit that will take you anywhere.
Chillin like a villain in my $22.50 outfit // trench – $5 @silky_oaks_oppshop + @sussanfashion knit – $2.50 @yesterdaysthrift + @witcheryfashion jeans – $8 @ the Anglican Opshop Bellingen + kicks – $5 @ Zion Bargain Centre Nundah // #nevereverpayretail ????: @michaelcranfieldphoto
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:11am PDT
10. Red carpet events.
Behold – a serious lesson in layering.
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on Aug 18, 2016 at 11:51pm PDT
Hannah’s 3 tips for successful op shopping.
1. “Look at everything, and I mean everything. Leave no stone unturned! I often find gems in the kids and men’s clothing racks.”
2. “Wear something easy to get changed in and out of to save on time. Avoid buttons at all costs! I usually wear a dress and slip on shoes for a ninja shopping experience.”
3. “Have a vision of the look you want before hitting the op shops. It’s so easy to recreate the magic of the high end fash mags, so get a wish list of garments together so you stay on track! But also be open to a few surprises…”
Channelling @jpgaultierofficial vibes minus the ginormous price tag in this $56 outfit // @sussanfashion knit – $2.50 @yesterdaysthrift Rosalie + shirt – $7 @salvosstores Wynnum + @thisiswhistles slacks – $6.50 @kirribilli_markets + @portmans_ biker jacket – $40 @gumtreeaus // #lookforless #nevereverpayretail ????: #instagramhusband @danturner_26
A photo posted by Never Ever Pay Retail (@nevereverpayretail) on Aug 2, 2016 at 7:32pm PDT
What’s your best op shop find?