Friday 1 November 2019 is Dressed by Vinnies Day, and Vinnies is using this year’s theme of ‘Repurpose with Purpose’ to encourage all Australians to visit their local Vinnies shop, help reduce waste by finding something pre-loved, and wear it on the day.

“Annually, Australians buy an average of 27kg of new textiles, double the global average of 13kg,” said Lindsay Rae, Director of Commercial Operations, St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.

“We’re taking this chance to encourage people to help reduce the 6 tonnes of clothing that ends up in landfill every 10 minutes by purchasing recycled items from Vinnies,” he said.

“Not only are you making a more sustainable fashion choice, but with every purchase from a Vinnies shop, our customers are helping Vinnies to provide assistance to the people who turn to us when they are facing hardship,” said Barnie van Wyk, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.

“Your purchase helps Vinnies to run our essential services like emergency assistance, crisis accommodation, youth programs, pathways to tertiary education, and the Night Patrol vans,” he said.

“We’re excited to invite the Canberra/Goulburn community, including organisations, schools or individuals, to take part on 1 November – whether they’re a loyal Vinnies shopper or have never been into a shop before,” said Mr Rae.

“Our shops are stocked full of a great range of quality clothing for all ages and styles so everyone is able to find something for them.”

“And for people holding events on the day we also have some Vinnies vouchers that can be provided as prizes to get people into the Dressed by Vinnies Day spirit,” he said.

“However you decide to participate, you will be making a difference to your local community and to the environment by making a purchase secondhand in our shops,” said Mr van Wyk.

Participating on the day is easy, with a free Vinnies styling guide to help find the best outfit, and a host guide to help organise events on the day that can be found on the Dressed by Vinnies website:


29 October 2019