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 #vinniesfavouritethings
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.