Yesterday, on Day 4 we discussed how the minimalism trend inspired by Marie Kondo has created an influx of donations to op-shops and the potential flow on-effects that this has had to charity organisations in 2019. As someone that frequents op-shops, it has been great to see the expansion in this space, with more stores and variety in quality goods across clothing, furniture and hobbies.  

Part Two continues on our journey highlighting a few gift bundles that I created by visiting two of my favourite local op-shops, St Veronica’s Thrift Shop and Vinnies West End. We hope that you find this inspirational to consider purchasing pre-loved and trying out some upcycled types of Christmas gifts that minimise waste and can be customised for your loved ones and their interests. At Reframe Waste, we’re also collating an interactive map and list for places to go in Brisbane this holiday season to find pre-loved and upcycled gifts, places to donate and purchase recovered resources and more!

What I created from my adventure:

At both St Veronica’s Thrift Shop and Vinnies West End, I could see some great options that one could customise for a for a few different age groups, hobby types and styles. In particular, I wanted to source cotton for creating beeswax wraps for my mother-in-law and some housewarming gifts for friends that have just moved into their own apartments. 

The grand total that I spent on Friday for each package was:

  • Fabric for beeswax – 10m of material for $5!
  • Salad bowls and matching tablecloth bundle for $7!
  • Tea light candle set and fabric to make coasters for $9!

For the fabric that I collected, this amount of material will be enough for 5 of us to create a full beeswax wrap kitchen set for our family members! For $21, I effectively created 7 sets of presents, $3 per couple or family is a pretty fantastic price point if you’re on a tight budget this year. The added bonus is that these dollars will be supporting organisations that give back to my local community and abroad.

We also have a homemade food and crafting day post related to this coming out later this month and will have a breakdown of the budget spent and how to host an event with your friends to help each other out with your Christmas present load by creating this style of present together!

Upcycled Gifts

Another area that has also been trending is upcycled gifts, where artists and DIYers have utilised materials that otherwise would have gone to waste disposal facilities to create unique pieces. One of our favourite places in Brisbane, Reverse Garbage has a space available for artists to showcase their wares that have been created with this concept in mind. We will be discussing this space more in an upcoming post about locations and events across Brisbane to check out for gifts this holiday season.

We came across some beautiful pieces online created by artists internationally with eco-focused pieces, we found two of these that are incredibly inspiring! Dutch designer Anke Weiss has created a series of lights from used food and drink packaging that are incredible evocative and each tell a unique story.

Full series of lights from packaging created by Anke Weiss, featured by Deezeen

Whilst, Amanda from Circuit Breaker Labs is an American lab chemist turned artist that creates science-inspired products that adorn, educate, and empower. These are their signature jewellery circuit board necklace pieces.

Signature circuit board necklaces from Circuit Breaker Labs Kickstarter campaign

There are also a huge range of upcycling craft projects if you have a bit of a DIY streak, Popsugar has an incredible slideshow that covers 200+ upcycling projects. We’ve summarised just one of the more accessible ones here that you can give a try this Christmas, you just need a juice box or a milk carton!

Tetra Pak and Milk Box Crafts

Tetra Pak and Milk Box crafts are really popular amongst the zero-waste movement, with a variety of tutorials available online for items like baskets, pot-plant holders, coasters, wallets and bags or wallets! These items can be found in your recycling bin or food pantry and each of these styles have detailed guides developed. Each of these crafts typically involve breaking the packaging down into a flat piece that can be cut into strips to be weaved or folded.

Want to give it a try this Christmas?

If you’re based in Brisbane, here’s an interactive map and a table format that we’ve been collating to highlight locations for pre-loved and upcycled gifts. This is inspired by the list collated by Emilee Colasimone from Urban List’s “15 Coolest Op Shops in Brisbane”.  

Interactive Location Map for Advent of Re-framing Christmas 2019

The green pin indicates places that you can purchase recovered resources to make upcycled presents and the blue pin highlights locations where you can buy pre-loved goods in Brisbane.

Interactive Location Table for Advent of Re-framing Christmas 2019

McWhirter’s Australian Red CrossShop 245, McWhirters Shopping Centre, 298/312 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Thrift Shop & Eternity Boutique16 Windsor Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059, Australia
Vinnies Mt Gravatt1480 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122
This and That Thrift Shop4 Selborne St, Mount Gravatt East QLD 4122, Australia
Vinnies Corinda645 Oxley Rd, Corinda QLD 4075, Australia
The Refreshed Shop982 Moggill Rd, Kenmore QLD 4069, Australia
Salvos Stores Archerfield4/17 Boniface St, Archerfield QLD 4108, Australia
Reverse Garbage - Woolloongabba20 Burke St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia
Salvos Stores Sinnamon Park532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Sinnamon Park QLD 4073, Australia
Salvos Stores Moorooka143 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105
Lifeline Shop (Moorooka)2/139 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105, Australia
RSPCA Op Shop Moorooka485 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105, Australia
Asthma Foundation Annerley Op Shop439 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia
Save the Children Op Shop - Annerley518 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia
Lifeline Shop Annerley (Vintage Revival)468 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia
Yesterdays Thrift Shop Annerley474 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103, Australia
Yesterdays Thrift Shop Indooroopilly20 Station Rd, Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Yesterdays Thrift Shop Paddington39 Nash St, Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
Yeronga Anglican Op shop2/451 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga QLD 4104, Australia
Graceville Uniting Church215 Oxley Rd, Graceville QLD 4075, Australia
Salvos Stores - Sherwood450 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood QLD 4075, Australia
Australian Red Cross Sherwood669 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood QLD 4075, Australia
RSPCA Sherwood Op ShopRSPCA Sherwood Op Shop, 637 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood QLD 4075, Australia
Steeple Op Shop215 Oxley Rd, Graceville QLD 4075, Australia
Lifeline Fairfield Gardens Shopping CentreFairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Shop 14/180 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield QLD 4103
Vinnies West End381 Montague Road, South Brisbane Queensland 4101
St Veronica's Thrift Shop89 Hardgrave Road, West End QLD, Australia

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We’re also aware this is a little Southside of the river centric, so please comment below if you have a place that you’d like to be added so that everyone across the region can have quick access to this information!

Today’s feature image is ‘Pack 12’ of Dutch designer Anke Weiss‘ series of lights created by utilising waste food and drink packaging, featured by Deezeen.

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