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How many times have you looked at what someone else is wearing and thought ‘I wish I had that in my closet?’ Well, now you can.

You can shop someone else’s wardrobe – well multiple wardrobes – all in one place and all for a good cause – Karinya House.

On Sunday 10 September, I am hosting a charity clothing swap where you come along and swap your clothes for someone else’s.

Thanks to generous Canberra ladies, I have collected a vast selection of pre-loved but very well looked after items from jackets to tops, dresses, and pants. Come along to A Flick of Hares in Kingston, bring with items you no longer wear and swap it for something ‘new’.

You can also come along empty handed and purchase what you like, at a bargain price, with all money going towards Karinya House, a not for profit organisation helping pregnant and parenting women.

Karinya House management committee President Sarah Kelly says it costs $1.7 million a year to operate the service, supporting more than 400 women and babies every year.

“Around 50% of our annual operating funding comes from you, our community, sharing this purpose with us,” she says. “Every donation contributes to the $800,000 of community-based funding we need each year to remain sustainable.

“We provide hope and a future for pregnant women in need and change their lives for the better and the life of their beautiful baby.”

It’s been almost 20 years since Karinya House opened and has been an essential service in the ACT ever since.

A Flick of Hares, where the clothes swap will be held.

A Flick of Hares, where the clothes swap will be held.

To help do our bit, A Flick of Hares will be transformed into a boutique and there’ll also be cake tasting, mini makeovers on offer and the obligatory selfie station to take pics in your new threads.


As a stylist, I am all for looking good because it makes us feel good but what’s the real cost of that?

I don’t mean financially but on the environment and I know that’s not as sexy a topic as shopping for a new pair of pants or dress, but the stats on how much we waste are astounding.

Us Aussies each buy on average 27 kilograms of new clothes and textiles (the stuff made from synthetic fibres) every single year. That is twice the global average.

Fast fashion has a lot to do with it – the relatively cheap and easily accessible, on trend pieces we wear just a handful of times. These items contain plastics so they will never fully breakdown, harming the environment.

So instead of feeding the beast, we can purchase pre-loved pieces and do our bit for the environment, all while still ending up with some new looks and raising money for charity.

I’ll also be available to offer tips on building your wardrobe, filling it with the essentials to create multiple looks, finding the right colours for you and answering any of your fashion questions.

I hope to see you there.

the essentials

What: Charity clothing swap raising money for Karinya House
When: Sunday September 10 from 10am to 3pm
Where: A Flick of Hares, Level 1, Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre street, Kingston
Contact: For all enquiries, email

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