Waste is out of fashion

Pipsqueakz Recycle only sell excellent quality brand names.

With six tonnes of textiles and clothing going to landfill in Australia every 10 minutes, retailers offering pre-loved and recycled goods have never been more vital.

Tucked in amongst the trees in the heart of Mount Evelyn, Pipsqueakz Recycle has the local community covered.

There’s a growing demand for recycled goods as people continue to recognise the financial and ethical benefits of pre-loved rather than new.

It’s something the local Mount Evelyn community has been embracing since Pipsqueakz Recycle opened in 2000.

The store has been offering recycled (and new!) baby and children’s clothes, toys and other products for over 20 years, catering from newborn through to 12 years of age.

In a time when disposable, cheap clothing abounds, it’s important to remember that a lot of cheap clothing is often poorly made and ends up in landfill after only a few washes and wears.

That’s why Pipsqueakz Recycle offers up a different alternative for parents, rather than buying some of the cheaper brands that don’t last.

They only sell excellent quality brand names.

“People will bring things in and say ‘oh that’s done three kids and it still looks fantastic, even though it’s been washed over and over’,” Rachel, the owner of Pipsqueakz Recycle, said.

Rachel says it’s quality, but on a budget.

“It’s a real community,” Rachel said.

“It’s a very family oriented place. Everyone talks, everyone’s happy and it’s very laidback.”

Pipsqueakz also offers a consignment service, where goods are priced and sold on behalf of clients. Rachel notes that the store is a regular haunt of many local parents, who take advantage of the thousands of goods on offer as well as trading in and picking up items as their children grow.

Purchasing secondhand toys and clothes is also far cheaper than buying the same items new – an important consideration when children may only wear something or play with a toy a handful of times before outgrowing it.

The store also sells high quality pre-loved items such as cots, highchairs, prams, toys, books, puzzles and endless amounts of toys for kids.

They have now introduced a new ballet and dancewear section as well as still selling secondhand dancewear.

Pipsqueakz Recycle is worth a visit, whether you’re local or from further afield.