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The op shop where style is top
Five volunteers play to the camera as they model donated clothing which will be up for grabs at the 51st annual Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Sale at Claremont Showgrounds. Jane Eton, left, Diana Bowman, Sue McArthur, Robin Baston and Ellen Pearce. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Cashmere jumpers and designer jackets adorn the rails, a day's takings will top $100,000 and the fashionista clientele have been known to travel thousands of kilometres to join the queues - this is no ordinary jumble sale.

Queues are expected to start in the early hours for the Bindaring Red Cross clothing sale where couture hand-me-downs and designer samples will draw fashionistas in their thousands to the western suburbs at the weekend.

The Claremont Showground sale will raise about $25,000 an hour for the Red Cross when shoppers stock up on thousands of dollars of store-donated garments and cast-offs from designer wardrobes.

A team of 80 volunteers will spend 10 days sifting through eight tonnes of donated clothes which was sorted into "op shop" items - which will be sold for under $10 - and "boutique" items, sold for up to $199.

The sale has been a western suburbs ritual since 1963.

Organiser Sally Everist said people from the Eastern States arrived with empty suitcases to stock up on items last year.

The clothing sale will start on Saturday at 9am.

The West Australian

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