When I spotted a stack of Vogue Designer sewing patterns (circa 1980), I suspected this St Vinnies might have some nice fabric in stock.
True to form, I found crisp linen (pristine white and prints), crepes, real wool and shiny silks tucked in amongst their stash.
And the price? A princely $16.50 for some twelve metres of material.
Seriously, who can tell the difference between my brand new $65 no-name jeans and the $4 Levis I found op-shopping in country Kenilworth?
It was so hot camping that I bought the jeans on the right to cut up into shorts, but in the end figured they were too nice and deserved better treatment!
For those with the same urge to cut up your jeans, I spotted the easiest way to do it on some shopbop.com shorts.
Just turn up the edge once to the outside and stitch. No messing around trying to put cuffs on your shorts - it stops the fraying just a bit and you get a great look for minimum effort!