Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Backpacks and Round She Goes market

I love backpacks and don't quite understand why 99.9% of bags in stores are not backpacks. Unless I'm interested in wearing a sporty number with an Adidas logo on it or some such (I'm not). Bag-makers - there's a whole market there that needs taking advantage of! Stylish, unique, cute backpacks.

I've come to appreciate backpacks a whole lot more since I've had Ellie, because carrying her means I'm constantly having to rely on the strength of my arms and shoulders and neck. They are not appreciating it. Backpacks are much friendlier to my body than shoulder bags, especially given the amount of junk I seem to carry around these days.

For the past few months I've been on the look out for a cute second-hand or eco-friendly backpack for everyday use, to replace this one.

I got this in Thailand a few years ago. I still love it. Maybe I'll try to figure out how to convert it into a backpack at some point.

Anyway, I headed to the Round She Goes market on the weekend and found one. I intended to mention the market here before the event, but it completely slipped my mind, sorry ladies. It's for quality preloved and local designer goods. And I'm going to be selling at the next two markets in July and October! For those readers in Melbourne, check out the website for more details.

Here's the backpack I found for a whopping $5.

It reminds me of the early 90s a lot, but I like the fact that I haven't seen anyone wearing something similar recently. I was drawn to the plaid, the blue, and the cute drawstring. It's a good size. Hopefully I can make it look a little more current.

I also picked up this merino wool Country Road cardigan for myself, as well as a few other pieces to reconstruct for Heidi & Seek. I think the cardi is calling for a couple of ruffles at the neckline.

Here's what I wore. I forgot to take a picture in the daylight, but I was really pleased with the outfit and wanted to capture it despite the darkness.

Scarf: salvaged from mum's charity shop donations
Shirts: thrifted
Shorts: Had them forever, not sure of the brand. Mum shortened them for me before I could sew; they used to be knee-length.


Carolyn said...

Yeah, backpacks were very popular in the 90s. I remember when i was a teenager, lusting after a see-through, hot pink backpack. I thought it was the epitome of cool LOL. I didn't get it in the end but it was fun lusting. =)

Alicia said...

Wow I love the back pack from Thailand. It's beautiful, I got something similar in a town in India called Pushkar, I thought it was really original but when I got back to London they were everywhere! I'm part of a group blog and my area is ethical fashion have a lil look at


also I TOTALLY remember the plastic, bubble back pack phase.... I had a cheap one...and it popped :(

Jeff said...

The scarf is nice. But it looks too long like the way you wear. If you try some other ways, tie other knots with this scarf, for example, butterfly knot. Could it be nicer?