You know I have a love for second hand clothing and op shops, and this week is no different. If you haven't yet visited Penny Lane Clothing Exchange you should add it to your list! Penny Lane is a gorgeous preloved boutique on Sydney Rd, Brunswick, just north of Melbourne. If you’ve ever wanted to try thrifting or second hand shopping, but are overwhelmed by traditional op shops, Penny Lane is the type of store for you. They offer preloved goods, lovingly hand picked by Peta and her team, with all the benefits of an upmarket boutique but at a much lower cost!
You’ll find loads of treasures. Be that clothing, accessories, shoes and even the odd headpiece. Peta follows the philosophy of Buy, Swap and Sell, which means as well as buying from Penny Lane, you can also bring in clothing you want to sell for store credit or cash. Why not make your wardrobe work for you?
They live by the moto “Fashion with heart” and you’ll find this replicated throughout the entire store. The clothing on offer ranges from a womens size 6 - 16, and you’ll find various brands, including designer threads! All at a reasonable price too. As of last week, Penny Lane has also introduced in store alterations, so if you do find that perfect garment but it needs a little nip or tuck, the Penny Lane team can help you out.
You may even be lucky enough to find a piece with a “Clothes Line” attached. The Clothes Line is such an adorable and clever idea where you can read about the background of a piece of clothing. I know as a thrifter all the clothing I thrift has a back story and it’s very rare to find out what the piece meant to the original owner. You’ll find a “Clothes Line” on various pieces throughout Penny Lane.
This was one of my favourites: “I bought this for the launch of my first book! A very special night - hard to let go of a dress with such happy feelings attached!” Doesn’t this just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
As well as ensuring you leave the store satisfied and happy, Peta is a qualified style and image consultant and also offers 30 minute in store appointments to help you discover what clothing suits your body type and style for $49 (visit www.dresscode.com.au). If you’re looking for a more hands on approach or are keen on beginning your journey into preloved clothing, this may be right up your alley.
Penny Lane is a must go destination for any of you lovely thrifters, you're bound to find something amazing. Just like these oversized preloved Bailey Nelson sunnies which were gifted from Penny Lane. A perfect match for near-sighted me as I know I can have prescription lenses put it :), while fitting in with my philosophy of reuse, reduce, recycle.
Also if you head to my Instagram page, you'll find an exclusive giveaway you can enter for a Penny Lane voucher! Good luck.