On Saturday the annual Bindaring Red Cross Appeal was held at Claremont Showgrounds. They had a jumble clothing sale and a boutique clothing sale, as well as a boutique silent auction.
Plenty of women lined up in the wet weather at 9am to get a head start into the boutique clothing sale, items ranging from $15 - $60.
I tell you what, I never seen the phenomenon of women in hunt of awesome clothes at insanely low prices. Clothing was literally flying off the masses of racks that were jammed side by side in a warehouse type room, women grabbing hangers and clothes out of your hand from the other side of racks, laundry baskets being carried around, filled to the brim, 6 year old boys being treated as manservants, holdings all of Mummy’s items.
The changing “room” (if you can even call it that) was a sectioned off area on the far side of one wall, covered in sheeting with a few stand alone home mirrors scattered down the length of the wall, the floor covered in various articles of clothing and a whole lot of flesh, bras and underwear, arms going everywhere ripping off pants, tops and whatever else women were discarding in favour of trying on some new clothes. Amazing.
I was stunned, I felt slightly out of my depth!
However, I didn’t manage to get a really nice Italian jacket for only $20.
After that affair had quietened down, they had the boutique auction. This was really cool, bidding starting from $50 for various outfits that were getting modelled a runway. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of this, as the windows right behind the models was streaming in light and wouldn’t let me get a good shot!
This auction had outfits totalling more than $2000 that went for a few hundred dollars, labels such as Zara, Marc Jacobs, Scanlan & Theodore & Armani. The bidding started pretty low and some women walked away with whole outfit (pants, top, jacket, shoes) for $80!!
I Saw some women sneak away with huge bags full of clothes and others who’s faces were lit up as they had found a few key pieces. There was some really cool vintage stuff there, definitely put it into your calendar for next year. There was also a sausage sizzle, cupcakes, muffins and cake and a a silent jewellery auction as well.
All in all this was a great event, run by the Australian Red Cross and benefiting West Australian Youth as well but make sure you get there early!