Lifestyle

Bargain shop 'til you drop this Christmas

CHEAP CHIC: Charlotte Auld, Catriona Mitchell and Charley Clarke model outfits from Lifeline Riverlink.
CHEAP CHIC: Charlotte Auld, Catriona Mitchell and Charley Clarke model outfits from Lifeline Riverlink. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH fashionistas can pop some tags at Lifeline Riverlink, even if they have just $20 in their pockets. 

The lyrics of the current number one song in Australia, Thrift Shop by Macklemore, certainly ring true in Ipswich.

The opening of a Lifeline shop at Riverlink has helped to publicise the benefits of op-shopping, said area manager Jenny Auld.

"We try to make sure all the outfits we put in our windows cost $20 or less, to show people what they can get for their money," Ms Auld said.

"The shop's been really well-received. Most mornings there are people waiting at the doors before we open."

Ms Auld said the new shop had also widened Lifeline's market.

"The first week we had a lot of young people come in and quite a few people who hadn't ever been in an op-shop before, and they keep coming back," Ms Auld said.

"One woman bought three outfits for $20 and she'd never been op-shopping before. She and her husband were very happy."

Online shopping and the opening of the Riverlink centre has helped to drive the quality of donated clothing up, Ms Auld said.

"The quality of our clothing has gone through the roof," she said.

"We get a lot of brand name items and clothing with the tags still on, which I think maybe ordered in the wrong size online."

Ms Auld said shoppers had also told her the new branch allowed them to find unique clothing to wear to Christmas parties and during the holidays.

"If you want to buy something different or get a one-off item, there are items from different seasons and even handmade clothing in the store," she said.

Topics:  lifeline, op-shop, riverlink, shopping




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Truck and car involved in motorway crash

Ambulance with lights on Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury

Expect delays on Ipswich Motorway.

Grieving family want to bury Toowoomba sisters in India

The four Mathew sisters together, with (from left) Anumol, Elizabeth, Anjumol and Asha. Anjumol and Asha died in a car crash near Ipswich.

Toowoomba sisters' tragic deaths rock community

Ipswich Motorway upgrade: 470 jobs up for grabs

The long awaited upgrade of the road from Darra to Rocklea is set to begin in full next year - but early works will start from June.

Early works on Darra to Rocklea project will start from June

Latest deals and offers

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago