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Happy National Op Shop Week!

It’s National Op Shop Week! I love shopping at Op Shops and secondhand stores for so many reasons. Finding a ‘treasure’ at a bargain price is absolutely addictive! Buying secondhand is also more sustainable, often supports a charity and it gives you a chance to step away from the ‘consume at all cost’ message you’re confronted with in just about every shopping centre. Here are my top ten tips for shopping at secondhand stores: Take your time. This one is easier said than done when you have little people in tow but when you rush it’s easy to miss things, particularly in op shops where the racks are jam packed and can be disorganized. Visit often. New stock is put...

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The Eternal Washing Cycle

Washing seems to occupy quite a lot of my free time. From collecting the random dirty socks from under the couch to folding the clean stuff and putting it back where it belongs, it takes hours. I used to find doing the washing incredibly relaxing… but then I had a family and the sheer quantity and relentlessness of it all crushed my enjoyment (cloth nappying didn’t help either!). As much as I don’t enjoy it as much now, it’s still important to me because when I buy nice clothes for myself or my children, I look after them. It means I can enjoy them for longer, or keep them in good enough condition to sell secondhand. Plus, having clean clothes...

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Why is it so hard to get rid of baby clothes?

The Challenge of Letting Go Magazines, tv programs, and lifestyle blogs are promoting the idea of decluttering and for the most part, we're totally on board but it is still SO hard to get rid of the teeny tiny baby clothes from our ever-growing children. Comparing how much they've grown and smelling that lingering baby smell is Mummy crack and it can be hard to give up! So why would you? Anyone who has gone full Mari Kondo in their house knows that items that still give you joy are meant to stay put, and reminiscing about the early days of baby life is absolutely a joy. Eventually, pragmatism wins. If you know that those clothes are never going to be...

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Selling Your Kids' Clothes

  My kids seem to outgrow their entire wardrobes overnight! Pants that fit perfectly yesterday are an inch too short, shoes are uncomfortable, and t-shirts have mysteriously become crop tops. Before Use-Ta! I would think to myself 'what do I do with all these baby clothes?!' and I'm sure there are tonnes of parents out there thinking the exact same thing so I thought i'd write a post about the many options out there for selling your kid's clothes.  Gumtree & eBay Selling your baby and children's clothes online through eBay or Gumtree is a great option for parents who have the time and the inclination. The trick is to upload good quality photos along with thorough descriptions and be prepared...

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The Things I Will Never De-Clutter

   Use-Ta! is all about getting beautiful clothes out of your child’s wardrobe (or those storage tubs in the shed) and getting them back out there to find new little people to love them but it can be really hard to part with some things! Mari Kondo fanatics and decluttering experts extol the virtues of de-cluttering, thanking items for their service and then letting them go and for the most part we follow this advice at home. As soon as something is too small out it goes- if it’s in fabulous condition and ready for a new home I sell it at Use-Ta! (both of my kids have their own accounts to build up store credit so I can get...

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