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Perth clothing sale smashes records

The Bindaring Clothing Sale in Perth, Red Cross' single biggest branch fundraising event, this year raised $224,000.

Monday July 17, 2017

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The sale provides a source of affordable clothing for many low-income families as well as fashionistas looking for something fabulous.

About 2,500 people attended the event, checking out the fashions, finding bargains and bidding at the silent auction.

"We are dependent on the generosity and support of our community," Caroline says. "We attract around nine tons of donations and nothing goes to waste.

Any items unsuitable for sale are sold on to a recycling company which reuses buttons, buckles, zips and fabric."

The Bindaring Clothing Sale has raised more than $2.17 million to date. The first sale, held on 11 July 1964 with garments donated by friends and family, raised 51 pounds. Bindaring Red Cross members recognised the exceptional quality of the donated clothes and the following year a fashion parade and auction were introduced.

Sales increased rapidly and soon the annual event was cemented into the Perth Fashion scene. It was held at Perth Town Hall for many years and now takes place at the Robinson Pavilion in Claremont Showground. 

Left-over clothes are sold through Red Cross Shops across the state, earning additional funds for Red Cross services.

Bindaring Unit President Veronica Morrisey says supporting Red Cross programs makes a positive and lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable people in Australia.  

"We achieve this by working in our communities to collect donations of clothes and accessories and bringing together a fabulous group of volunteers to sort and sell them to raise as much money as possible for Red Cross," she says.

Planning for next year's sale has already started with 2018 marking the 55th anniversary of the Bindaring Clothing Sale.

Keep up to date by following @bindaring on Instagram.