Getting Funky & Fashionable for the ACRF

Proving that one person’s “throw outs” can be another person’s treasures are the fabulous, funky and fun “Two Bucks ‘Til Wednesday” vintage fashion fundraisers.

Organised by a hot, hip and happening group of young women in West Australia, Two Bucks ‘Til Wednesday’s infamous vintage sales just continue to grow in size and profits.

The unique Cancer Research fundraiser is the brainchild of Sophia Brown, Alicia Clements, Anna Brown and Hannah McGrath, who basically “love” Vintage Fashion, and now hold seasonal Vintage Fashion Sales supporting the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Months before the sales the girls trawl all the Op Shops, markets, garage sales and shop sales around Perth and pick up a collection of funky vintage clothing and accessories. Then they put together a beautiful photo shoot showcasing the items for sale, and hold a sale at a local venue.

From humble beginnings of only 15-20 people at their first sale in 2007, the Two Bucks ‘Til Wednesday 2009 Winter Wonderland sale saw hundreds of people lining up outside the door, selling out in an hour and raising over $5000!

The awesome foursome has now raised almost $18,000 for Cancer Research since they started supporting us in 2007.

Youth pastor Sophia Brown, 22, said she had been inspired to raise funds for the Foundation in honor of her father who died of cancer when she was nine.

“The girl who I started it with Hannah has a boyfriend whose father also died of cancer so it was a personal thing for us,’’ she said.

“Rather than just being upset by these deaths we wanted to do something to help prevent cancer, to get active and contribute, and after searching the Internet came across the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the great work you do.’’

She said Perth had many “Op Shops’’ which the girls prowled searching for vintage clothes bargains.

“Our favorite ones are the shops run by little old ladies who when they hear what we are doing give us some very cheap bargains.”

“Our enterprise started when someone donated a ‘deceased estate’ to us and we got bags and bags of really great hand made clothes, particularly dresses, from the 1920s right through to the 1980s.’’

Sophia said their first sale had been held at her brother’s house but it proved so popular they had moved their events to a larger community hall.

“We were even invited over to Melbourne to stage a sale which went very well,’’ she said.

“I really would like to inspire other people to hold vintage clothes sales for the ACRF all over Australia because it is a lot of fun and a great way to raise money.”

“It shows that it really is possible to turn anything you like, and particularly anything you love and/or are passionate about, into something that can help cancer research.’’

The girls have now been featured for their efforts in trendsetting magazines such as Frankie, Russh and Jmag.

For more information, check out the Two Bucks ‘Til Wednesday BlogspotFacebook & Twitter pages or call Sophia Brown on 0401 305 315.

Many thanks for your wonderful fundraising Sophia, Alicia, Anna and Hannah. You go girls!