All The Very Best Rewards & Membership Cards – Beauty, Books & Fashion

With almost every store having some kind of rewards program nowadays, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. We have scoured the depths of the net and clocked some serious kilometres at Westfield to bring you 51 of the best rewards cards and membership programs, and by ‘best’ I mean the ones that give you the most free stuff and the biggest discounts! Ok, let’s get started with part one of ‘All The Very Best Rewards and Membership Cards’ series…

Beauty Rewards

Priceline Sister Club

Let’s face it when it comes to scoring a beauty bargain is there anywhere better than Priceline? If you’re a fan like me then you need to sign up to the Sister Club! You’ll gain access to secret sales, exclusive perks and receive a reward each quarter based on how much you’ve spent. Even if you haven’t spent a great deal, Priceline still like to help a sister out with super sweet emails like this…

Priceline Birthday Rewards
Priceline Sister Club Exclusive Perks

Strawberrynet

Strawberrynet is home to some of the best beauty deals on the internet. To get even more of a discount, sign up now to receive 15% off as well as free shipping on your first order.

Sephora

Aaaaah Sephora how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…. with all of my Beauty Pass Points! When you sign up for the Sephora Beauty Pass Rewards Programme you will automatically receive 50 Beauty Pass Points. There are so many ways to earn points, you will earn 1 point for every dollar that you spend online and instore, 5 points when you write a product review, 50 points when you complete your beauty profile and 40 points when you download and sign into the Sephora app. There are other benefits too, including exclusive promotions and 2 x bonus points on one purchase during your birthday month.

So, what do all of these points add up too? FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS! You can start redeeming luxury samples with just 100 points, and if you earn up to 500 points you could get your hands on exclusive merch like a Sephora umbrella or travel bag.

Sephora GIF by Crystal Ro / HelloGiggles

Jurilique

When you join the Jurilique VIP Program you will receive 10% off your first order and free shipping. The benefits of the program include a $30 credit when you spend over $300 within a 6-month period.

Book Rewards

Riverbend Books

I am lucky enough to live near the kind of independent bookstore that would make Rory Gilmore hyperventilate.

Rory Gilmore GIF

Riverbend Books is located in Bulimba, Brisbane and is home to a plethora of books from local and international authors. Not only do they have the most well-read and helpful staff in town, they also have the best loyalty program, with members earning $1 for every $20 spent. Before you order your next book online, check with your local bookstore, you could be missing out on some big rewards.

QBD

When you become a member of the QBD Club you will be rewarded with a credit of 10% of your total spend after your 10th visit. You’ll also receive access to VIP shopping events and exclusive offers.

Dymocks

If you’re a massive bookworm then it won’t take you too long to earn yourself some free winter reads with Dymocks Booklovers Rewards. For every $1 you spend, you receive 5 points, once you have earnt 250 points you can redeem them for $2.50 to spend instore. There are plenty of other membership perks including double point offers, access to literary events and book signings and early sales alerts.

Books Rewards
My weekend book haul.

Fashion Rewards

Lorna Jane

In winter you’ll find me drinking coffee and wearing active wear. It’s comfy and it’s warm and I love it and I’m not even going to pretend that I work out every time I wear it. If you’re in the market for some new ‘Winter Coffee Wear’ (that’s what I’m going to call it now) then you’ll want to sign up to Lorna Jane’s Active Living Rewards program.

For each dollar, you spend you will earn 5 points and when those points reach 2000 you will receive $10 off your next purchase. The more you spend the higher up the tier you will move and then you’ll receive even more rewards to buy even more ‘Winter Coffee Wear’.

Tony Bianco

As well as the biggest and best birthday reward, the Tony Bianco ‘Tony’s World’ reward program also gives you a $20 reward when you spend over $150, a $30 reward when you spend over $250 and a $100 reward when you spend over $500.

Schitts Creek Shoe Rewards

Wittner

For more shoes, glorious shoes, sign up to Wittner for exclusive online offers, advance sales notices and a $20 reward on your birthday.

Bardot/Bardot Junior

Head instore to get your hands on a Bardot or Bardot Junior loyalty card and you will receive 10% off all future full price purchases, instore and online. They also have a great birthday reward, head to ‘How To Get Over $300 Worth Of FREE Clothes, Shoes, Food & Coffee For Your Birthday’ to find out what it is.

Bonds

If you think 10% off full priced items is impressive then you’ll be blown away by the Bonds Loyalty Program. Sign up to Bonds & Me to receive a massive 20% off all RRP purchases as well as sales alerts in your inbox and exclusive offers.

Bonds Rewards

Footlocker

Become a Footlocker VIP and you will get $10 off your first purchase over $50. If you spend $300 in a year you’ll graduate to Platinum Status and earn even bigger rewards.

Cotton On/Kids/Body/Typo/Rubi/Suprè/Factory

Raise your hand if you like vouchers…

Regina George Gif

Well, then the new Cotton On & Co Perks card is the one for you. When you sign up to the Perks card you’ll receive a…

$10 voucher just for signing up

$10 voucher when you spend $100

$10 voucher on your birthday

The Perks card covers all 7 brands in the Cotton On Group including Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Typo, Rubi, Suprè and Factory. You can accumulate points on full priced and discounted items across all 7 brands and the points add up too… you guessed it… VOUCHERS!

Cotton On Rewards

The Iconic

There’s a lot of reasons to love The Iconic, free shipping, free returns, insanely fast delivery, not to mention all of your favourite brands in the one place. If you need one more reason then sign up to their site and you’ll receive $20 off your first purchase!

Glue Store

There’s nothing better than being rewarded for shopping at your favourite store and one of mine is Glue Store. If you’ve read my previous post on ‘Birthday Freebies’ then you will know that it is worth signing up for their rewards program just to receive their birthday gift. Other bonuses include a $10 voucher when you spend over $80, a $20 voucher when you spend $150, a $30 voucher when you spend $250 and so on and so forth, all the way up to a $150 voucher. You’ll also receive emails including exclusive offers, like double rewards points.

Glue Rewards

Review

Download the Review Loyalty App to start earning rewards instantly! The rewards range between $15 and $100 dependant on how much you’ve spent in the previous calendar month.

Mimco

Mimcollective was the very first rewards program that I ever signed up to and I have been reaping the benefits ever since. With generous birthday treats, exclusive sales offers and spontaneous vouchers appearing in your inbox, Mimco sure knows how to make a member feel special.

Head to their website to sign up and you’ll be rewarded instantly with $10 off your first purchase. Other benefits include a $15 voucher when you spend $150, a $50 when you spend over $500 and an anniversary reward.

Witchery

We’ve saved one of the best for last with the Witchery membership program. You’ll receive a $10 voucher for your first online purchase, a $10 voucher on your birthday and a $10 voucher when you spend $100. There are even more benefits when you become a bronze member…

Witchery Rewards Witchery Status Rewards & Benefits

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get signing up and start claiming your free stuff!

Don’t forget to check back next week for part two of ‘The Very Best Rewards and Membership Cards – Entertainment, Food, COFFEE & Homewares’ and sure you subscribe below and follow us on social media so you don’t miss out.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Sustainable Fashion

If you are like me, you love shopping at op shops, get a kick out of selling your old clothes, and would rather hire a dress than buy one, then you might be well on your way to becoming a sustainable shopper without even knowing it. Give yourself a pat on the back because not only are you saving money but you are also (pause for dramatic effect and insert drumroll) SAVING THE WORLD. I wasn’t kidding about that pat on the back, saving the world is no mean feat.

Sustainable Fashion

I have heard people talking about sustainable fashion for a long time but thought that it meant sacrificing my style and adopting an organic hemp harem pant wearing lifestyle. A lifestyle that I cannot afford and let’s face it, even if I could afford it I definitely couldn’t pull it off. That was until I stumbled across a blog post by Anita Vandyke about the benefits of embracing a ‘no logo’ life. It was unlike anything that I had ever read about sustainable fashion. Rather than suggesting we ditch all of our favourite clothes and abandon our style, Anita refreshingly explains how we can embrace creativity to develop our own sense of style even further.

Anita Vandyke – A Zero Waste Life

Anita is a waste warrior, with a stunning blog dedicated to ‘A Zero Waste Life’, an Instagram account with over 17,000 followers and a book due out in July this year. Oh, and in her spare time, she likes to dabble in a bit of Aeronautical Space because she is an actual rocket scientist. You can go ahead and add her to your #wcw rotation right now because she is one inspirational woman.

Anita Vandyke https://www.anitavandyke.com
Author and rocket scientist Anita Vandyk.

Anita was kind enough to take some time out of blogging/winning the war on waste/rocket scientist-ing, to answer some of our questions about how to make more mindful fashion choices and become a sustainable shopper.

Alex: What does sustainable fashion mean to you? 

Anita: Sustainable fashion to me is about leaving a gentler footprint on the planet using style as the tool. It is about transparency from the start of the supply chain from the way materials are chosen to the labour conditions in which the workers are subjected to. Transparency is the key!

Alex: Where is the best place to start for someone who is wanting to make more mindful fashion purchases? 

Anita: Start by shopping your own wardrobe. Before you begin, you should always consider what you already have. Streamline your style and wardrobe before you buy anything new. Nine times out of ten you’ll find that you are more creative with what you have because you have less choice. In a world of excess, start with minimising your clothing items to curate your style. Trust me, people will notice how stylish you are because you are making more effort with less items!

Sustainable Fashion - Anita Vandyke
“In a world of excess, start with minimising your clothing items to curate your style.”

Alex: Is there anything specific to look out for when purchasing clothes? Are there certain words on the tags to look out for, brands to avoid, preferable fabrics? 

Anita: My only rule is to never buy plastic materials – this includes polyester, nylon etc. Microfibres from washing these plastic materials is one of the biggest micropollutants in our waterways. These particles are ingested by marine life (mistaking it for plankton) and then enter the food chain. Always buy natural materials such as cotton, silk, wool. They feel better on your skin and much better for the planet in the long run!

Alex: I read on your blog that you haven’t bought new clothes in 3 years, which is amazing, but if people aren’t in an area where they have access to amazing op shops or great buy swap sell groups, are there any retailers that you would recommend for new clothes?

Anita: I haven’t bought anything new for over three years, however, my favourite ethical brands include Everlane, Patagonia and People Tree. These brands are vocal about transparency, environmental issues and social issues. For shopping secondhand, I suggest you go to your local markets, try eBay or Gumtree or even organise your own clothes swap with friends!

A Zero Waste Life In Thirty Days by Anita Vandyke
A Zero Waste Life by Anita Vandyke

Anita’s book ‘A Zero Waste Life’ is available to pre-order now from Penguin.

Find Out How Sustainable Your Favourite Brands Are In Seconds

I decided to google some of my go-to brands and was surprised to find that a few of them were anything but sustainable and had some questionable labour conditions. I also found an app that makes finding this information a breeze. The Good On You App rates brands based on the way they impact people, animals and the planet. They can even suggest better brands with a similar style and budget!

The Good On You app is available now on iTunes.
The Good On You app is available now on iTunes.

How To Find The Most Stylish Vintage Clothes

Buy Swap Sell 

As I mentioned in all of the How To Sell Your Stuff posts (because I am obsessed) Buy Swap Sell (BSS) is one of my favourite ways to shop. Do yourself a favour, go and search your favourite brand on Facebook. Almost every brand has a BSS group, I am a member of Witchery, Spellbound, Seed, and Country Road! People post amazing clothes in near new condition at a fraction of the retail price. It’s also a really great way to find out about garage sales.

Markets

As Anita mentioned, markets are a great way to shop sustainably. My favourite vintage market is Suitcase Rummage, I like to go towards the end of the day when people tend to drop their prices in order to get rid of whatever they’ve got left. For super stylish new clothes head to your local Young Designer Markets. Not only will you find quality, one-off pieces but you’ll also be supporting local talent.

Suitcase Rummage Markets are a great way to score cute vintage clothes super cheap.
Suitcase Rummage Markets

Vintage Stores & Op Shops

I have two favourite vintage shops, Camp Hill Antique Centre and Little Sister Cafe. I always look out for things like denim jackets, overalls and leather skirts, quality items that are durable and can stand the test of time. When it comes to op shopping I head straight to Instagram. There are so many awesome ‘Op Shop Insta Gurus’, my favourite is @nevereverpayretail by Hannah Klose. Hannah has amazing style and posts daily about her op shop finds. To find all the best op shops near you head to her blog and check out some of her local lists. If you have absolutely no idea where to start then her post ’10 Commandments Of Opshopping’ is the perfect beginner guide!

Sustainable Fashion - Hannah Klose Never Ever Pay Retail
Never Ever Pay Retail – Hannah Klose in one of her vintage finds.

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We Tried 5 K-Beauty Masks Under $3 And These Are The Results

I am hopeless when it comes to skincare. In fact, my skincare routine mostly consists of wiping my makeup off with a baby wipe before I go to bed and the occasional Frank Body Coffee Scrub, whenever I remember that I have it. My 17-year-old sister, however, is a skincare queen with a nightly 10 step K-Beauty routine. I am constantly asking for her advice and she always comes through with the goods, so when she told me that she had ordered a cart full of K-Beauty masks I was keen to try some.

K-Beauty Mask
Alex, a 29-year-old writer and skincare novice with Eilish, a 17-year-old student and skincare queen.

What Is K-Beauty?

With a surge in popularity around the world, K-Beauty, which stands for Korean Beauty, has found its way to the Australian market and is taking the beauty industry by storm. As the K-Pop craze started to grow so too did the demand for South Korean beauty products and now women all over the country are looking to K-Beauty gurus for all the latest skincare tips. I wanted to get the low down on this beauty phenomenon so I went straight to my own guru…

Alex: Eilish how did you get into K-Beauty?

Eilish: I was watching YouTube tutorials one night and a K-Beauty video came up as a suggestion. I am really into K-Pop so I was really interested in learning about K-Beauty.

Alex: You know so much about it now. Who are your main influences?

Eilish: I get most of my information from The Klog, it’s a blog by Charlotte Cho. That’s where I learnt about the 10 Step Routine for Treating Hormonal Acne that I do every night. I also watch Joan Keem’s YouTube tutorials and follow her on Instagram.

Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon.
Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon with an Instagram account that defines the term GOALS!

Alex: What do you like most about K-Beauty?

Eilish: It has really transformed my skin. I have oily skin with hormonal acne. Since I’ve been using K-Beauty products, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I also love the whole culture surrounding it and I look forward to doing my routine at night. I think K-Beauty is really innovative and they are always ahead of all the latest trends.

Alex: Where do you buy your products from?

Eilish: I mostly buy all of my products online but lately there have been more stores popping up which is really exciting! W Cosmetics has quite a good selection of masks and makeup and they have stores in selected Westfield Shopping Centres.

W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale
W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale

The Masks

We bought all 5 masks from the South Korean site, I Buy Beauti for under $3.00 each (this is in Australian Dollars, the site is in US dollars so make sure you convert the currency before you checkout). Shipping is calculated by weight, it was only $4 for our order, but it is free if you spend over $65.00. We went with 5 of the most popular masks and though it did help having Eilish to translate some of the Korean, most of the site is in English, as are all of the ingredients on the packets.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The first mask we tried was the Power 10 Formula by It’s Skin. According to the website, the Vb mask is supposed to balance and moisturise oily skin, leaving it feeling refreshed. Which is perfect for us as we both have oily skin.

K-Beauty It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

Prepare yourself, the following image is genuinely terrifying and could definitely be used to promote the horror film, Goodnight Mommy. You’ve been warned…

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: I liked the It’s Skin mask. The texture of the mask itself was thick and not as breathable as some of the other K-Beauty masks that I have tried. The formula was cold and left my face feeling nice and fresh. I’d definitely like to use it in the morning to wake me up. It made my skin look… is glowy a word?

Alex: I don’t think so… luminous? I feel like you look luminous. I loved this mask! It made my skin feel tight and refreshed. It did feel really cold which I liked. I feel like if I used this every day it would really help with some of my fine line wrinkles.

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin

It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Aloe Relaxing Mask also by It’s Skin is described on the site as soothing and cooling. I was worried about trying this one because I have reacted to creams containing aloe vera in the past.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet
K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: This one was very cooling and refreshing as well. I think it would be good to do when your skin is feeling inflamed or puffy. It didn’t affect the redness of my acne but it did soothe the pain. I think it’s a good one to do in the morning before school.

Alex: Or when you’re hungover! I like the ingredients in this one, it has cucumber, ginger and liquorice which are all anti-inflammatories. It didn’t give me the same ‘glow’ as the other one but it didn’t irritate my skin which was surprising.

Eilish also informed me that the reason that this mask didn’t fit our faces properly is because our features are too small for our very round faces. This was news to me but could explain why I always found it so easy to peak through the ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’ mask as a kid… using my big lemon-shaped head to make lemonade.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Etudehouse is a popular K-Beauty brand and Eilish is a big fan of their other products. The description on the website says that the Manuka Honey Rich Moisturization mask improves wrinkles, so I was very excited to try this one! I am turning 30 this year and I feel like my wrinkles are getting worse by the minute. Although I don’t believe that there is actually a mask on the planet that can help with my ‘smile lines’ or ‘judgement frown line’, I am willing to give anything a go, especially when it is only $1.70.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air MaskK-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

The Verdict

Alex: This mask was my absolute favourite. The cream was so soft and when I took it off, my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s butt. More importantly, this mask fit my face which helped my recently bruised ego. It made my skin look so tight and fresh that I would feel confident going out without makeup after doing it. My friends reading this might not think that that means too much as I often leave the house fresh/zombie faced depending on how much sleep I’ve had but, I mean I would go ‘out-out’ with no make-up on after this mask, like to a restaurant.

Eilish: This mask definitely made our skin glow. I really liked the essence of this mask. There was a lot of extra cream which I love. I learnt the best tip from one of my favourite YouTubers, BeautybyBriddy, in her Formal/Prom GRWM + Vlog 2017 video, that when you are left with excess cream on the mask, squeeze it together and rub it on your legs as a moisturiser.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet / Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask

For our final mask of the week, Eilish was keen to try the Watermelon Beauty In A Mask, mask by SkinFood as she uses their other products. I love anything rose water flavoured so I decided to try the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Rose mask.

K-Beauty K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
The Verdict

Eilish: This mask was my favourite. It smelt amazing, good enough to eat! It did exactly what it said it would on the website, it left my skin feeling moisturised and looking glossy. The mask itself was really thick and it was freezing which was cool considering it was only kept at room temperature. My skin felt hydrated for the whole day which is a lot longer than it does when I use my regular moisturiser.

Alex: The Innisfree Rose mask was a gel rather than a cream like the other masks we tried. It made my skin feel kind of sticky but very clean. I think I would use this mask before doing my make-up for a special event.

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Easiest Ever eBay Smartphone Tutorial

Hi Hustlers,

Welcome to How To Hustle’s first tutorial! This is a super simple eBay Smartphone Tutorial if you have never used eBay before or need a bit of a refresher then this is the video for you.

For more selling tips check out the ‘How To Sell Your Stuff‘ series and stay tuned for more tutorials…

Happy selling!

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Let Your Elle Woods Guide You

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I decided to enrol in a writing degree at the age of 26 when I was pregnant with my first child because someone told me that I was not smart enough to write for Mamamia, Australia’s largest women’s media company. Three years and another baby later, I am on my way to finishing my degree and Mamamia published the first article that I ever wrote.

My Mamamia Article

If there’s something that you’ve been dreaming of, go out and do it, and if that dream is expensive then let this blog help you hustle for it! Find your inner Elle Woods and go out and prove your haters wrong.

Legally Blonde

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I Held a Group Garage Sale And This is How it Went

I have been wanting to hold a garage sale ever since I moved into my new place a year ago and filled our garden shed with boxes that I had been hoarding since high school. Deciding that I couldn’t possibly hold onto my ‘best friends forever’ photo frames and ‘Happy 18th’ yard glasses for another second, I quickly created a Facebook event. I gave myself one week to get my shit together and find everything that I wanted to sell. I knew that a few of my friends also had things that they were wanting to sell, so I invited them to bring along their stuff and create a mini market on my front lawn.

This was the first garage sale that I have thrown as an adult. My Mum used to have them all the time when I was growing up, and my little sister and I loved helping her set up and haggling with people over $2 mugs.

Garage Sale Day

Advertising

The first thing I did was create an ad on the Facebook Marketplace, listing all of the obvious information including the date, address, time etc. I also added a list of the types of items that I was selling to attract more specific buyers. I made sure to include the terms “no holds and no door knockers thank you,” serious Garage Sale Goers rock up crazy early, so I did not want people tapping on my door at 5am. I also didn’t want a million messages prior to the day from people wanting me to hold specific items for them. I copied and pasted the details from my Facebook Marketplace ad into two of my Buy Swap Sell Groups, one for my local suburb and one for all of Brisbane. A lovely lady commented on one of my ads and invited me to join a South East Queensland Garage Sale Page, so I posted the ad on there as well.

Marketplace Ad
Gumtree is a good place to advertise on as well because a lot of people use it especially to find garage sales. However, I did get a lot of people messaging me on there asking me to hold items and haggling with me before I even told them the price. I did consider not replying but that felt a little rude, so I just let people know that I wasn’t doing holds and told them I’d see them on the day.

Lastly, I went old school and plastered my neighbourhood with homemade signs. It wasn’t until my 5th sign on the main road that I thought to myself “this doesn’t seem legal” and sure enough when I got home and checked my local council’s website I realised that is was in fact not allowed. So I recommend checking your local council site before you put time and effort into signs. Full disclosure, I did leave the signs up and that is what attracted most of my customers but I did take them down as soon as it finished and spent the whole night feeling like a felon and waiting for the sound of sirens.

Garage Sale Ad

Where I Went Right

I started at 7am, just early enough to catch all of the serious Garage Sale Goers. This was a good decision because I made 85% of my money in the first hour!

I priced everything the night before and set up the clothes rack, I made sure everything was clean and ready to be put out as soon as I woke up.

Clothes Racks

I invited organised friends with good merchandise and lots of brand name items so the sale looked really full and enticing.

The day before the sale I checked how much each item was worth on eBay, and I am so glad that I did because I nearly ripped myself off. When I was going through a box of kitchen items that hadn’t been opened since 2012, I found a set of casserole dishes that I had been given by my Aunt when I first moved out of home. She has super classy taste and they looked kind of antique-ish so I googled the details underneath and it turns out they are now worth $150 each!!! The same thing happened to my friend Molly who unknowingly bought a vintage gold mine hidden in a box of toys to sell. My eyes lit up with dollar signs when I saw that one of them was a Rainbow Boom Crystal Series Furby, find out why in the Vintage 90’s Toys edition of the How to Sell Your Stuff Series.

Where I Went Wrong

We had a great rush of about 20 people in the first 2 hours and then nothing. Not a single soul! After hours of pondering in our deck chairs, we came to the conclusion that the reason for the lack of customers was because we had the sale on a Sunday instead of a Saturday so we had missed out on all of the usual garage sale crowd. It was also insanely hot, the kind of heat that keeps people locked inside with the air conditioner on.

What I’ll Do Next Time

I will definitely be holding my next garage sale on a Saturday. I’ll be starting at 6:30am to make sure I catch the serious shoppers. I’ll be even more organised next time with items ready for sale in big storage containers and buckets, so all I have to do is put them out in the morning. This time around I started setting everything up on blankets 30 minutes prior to starting and had three people waiting, watching my every move like they were seagulls and I had a was a chip sandwich.

Seagull Giphy

We are also going to try a different location next time, a house closer to the main road, with more traffic.

I’ll also be posting more pictures of the items I have for sale and listing all of the brands in my advertisements.

How Much Did I Make

So you’re probably wondering if all of that effort was worth it in the end? In the first 2 hours, I made $60 which is not a lot, however, what happened after made it totally worthwhile.

As we were packing up we decided to take photos of everything we had for sale and posted it all on Buy Swap Sell and eBay that afternoon. Within an hour my friend Amber had someone offer to buy ALL of the clothes that she had put up for sale on a Buy Swap Sell Page. I sold a teapot, a play mat, a baby rocker and two boxes of baby clothes, taking my tally to $140! My other two friends have since sold some of their items on the Facebook Marketplace.

Photo by Amber Schmidt

We all managed to sort out some clutter, and I have donated most of what I didn’t sell to charity. All in all, I would call it a success, I had a super fun day with my friends, I managed to clear out my shed, and I got some extra cash out of it!

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How To Get Over $300 Worth Of FREE Clothes, Shoes, Food & Coffee For Your Birthday

Birthdays are the best, not only because you get to eat cake for breakfast every meal but because you get to treat yo’ self! Let these retailers treat you too, with over $300 worth of birthday freebies.

Treat Yo Self

I tested out all 32 birthday rewards myself and here are a few things that you need to know before we get started. Make sure you sign up online or in store as instructed, at least 1 month prior to your birthday. Some rewards are issued on the first day of your birthday month so if your birthday is later in the month and you sign up the day before, you may miss out. Also, don’t forget to bring your photo ID with you when you go to claim your freebie.

Ok, make some space in your closet and your stomach because it’s time to fill it with some amazing free stuff…

Starbucks

What better way to start your birthday than with a free coffee! Download the Starbucks app and register your details. There is no card required, simply scan the reward barcode on your phone when you order.

Chatime

Sweet baby teasus is there anything better than iced tea? Yes… FREE ICED TEA. Register online here, log in on your birthday and scan the barcode to claim your freebie. This is one of the retailers that require photo ID when you order.

Kiki.K

If you love stationery as much as I do then you’ll love this one! Register online or in-store at Kiki.K to receive a $10 reward on your birthday. The voucher is valid for the whole month, simply provide the email at the register.

Boost

For a healthy and delicious treat download the Boost Juice app and register your details to claim your free birthday juice or smoothie!

Review

If you need something pretty to wear to your birthday party, sign up to Review’s rewards program on their website or app to receive a $20 birthday voucher.

Gloria Jeans

Looking for another caffeine hit? Pick up a loyalty card from any Gloria Jeans store and register it online here to receive a free drink on your birthday.

Gloria Jeans

Nando’s

This would have been flaming finger licking delicious if I had registered in time. Learn from my mistake and register 6 months prior to your birthday to ensure that you don’t miss out on your free meal! Download the app ASAP and register your details.

Witchery

Let Witchery treat you to some gorgeous new clothes, shoes or accessories with a $20 birthday rewards voucher. Register in-store or online here.

Subway

Head to the Eat Fresh Club here and register your details to receive a free sub and regular drink on your birthday.

Sumo Salad

You might not make friends with salad but you do make friends with free food! For a free salad, download the Sumo Salad app and register your details.

Oporto

For more chickeny goodness download the Oporto app and register your details to get a free meal on your birthday.

 Glue Store

Receive a $10 voucher via email from Glue Store on your birthday. Register your details online here.

Glue Store

Ribs & Rump

This one is my favourite! Ribs & Rump come through with the birthday goods, in the form of a $30.00 voucher! That’s a whole main meal! The food there is so good and the service is awesome. Download their app from the AppStore and register your details. Make sure you let them know you have a birthday voucher when you call to make your booking.

Muffin Break

If you love nothing more than a good old buttered muffin then head to Muffin Break and collect a loyalty card, download the app and register your details to claim your freebie.

Hakataya Ramen

This one is super easy, show up to Hakataya Ramen on your birthday and provide some photo ID to receive a free bowl of ramen.

Burger Urge

Hungry for some burgers? Head to the Burger Urge website and sign up for their Bite Club. Check the site on your birthday for your $12 reward and scan the barcode on your phone at the register to redeem it.

Chester Street Bakery

You can’t celebrate your birthday without cake and it’s no secret that Chester Street Bakery makes some of the most delicious cakes on the planet! To receive a freebie on your birthday simply subscribe to their newsletter here.

Chester Street Bakery

Salsas

Register online here and download the app to get a free burrito on your birthday.

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Cowch

You won’t believe what you can get from Cowch Dessert and Cocktail bar’s luscious menu with an incredibly generous $17.90 birthday rewards voucher! Register your details on their website or download the app to claim yours.

Baskin-Robbins

If you can choose just one of their 31 delicious flavours, you can have a free scoop of Baskins-Robbins ice cream on your birthday! Download their app and register your details.

Cold Rock

If one ice cream wasn’t enough to curb your cravings then register your details here at least 8 days prior to your birthday to claim your free Cold Rock!

Bardot / Bardot Junior

Whether you’re turning 3 or 30 you’ll be able to find something to spend your $20 voucher on from the Bardot Group! Pick up a card in-store or register online.

Jamaica Blue

Collect a loyalty card next time you pass a Jamaica Blue and register it online to receive free cake on your birthday. If you are all caked out on the actual day, don’t stress, the offer is valid for the whole month!

Red Rooster

You can download the new Red Rooster app or go online and register your details for a free meal on your birthday. I’d recommend the website as the app has a lot of issues and you don’t want to be stuffing around in the drive-through while your once crispy golden pineapple fritter goes soggy.

Red Rooster

Mrs.Fields

Collect a Mrs. Fields loyalty card in-store and register it online for a free birthday cookie.

San Churro

FREE HOT CINNAMON CHURROS WITH WHITE AND MILK CHOCOLATE DIPPING SAUCE… FOR FREE!!! If your mouth is watering then head on over to the San Churro website and join the El Social Club.

San Churro

Shingle Inn

Join the Shingle Inn InnerCircle by collecting a loyalty card in store and registering it online, you’ll receive a free cupcake on your birthday.

Bonds

You’ll receive a $10 voucher via email from Bonds on your birthday as well as 20% off all purchases. Sign up here to start saving.

Mimco

Signing up to Mimcollective will guarantee you receive a $15 rewards voucher on your birthday. The more you spend the more you get so if you are a regular shopper sign up ASAP to start building your rewards. Sign up in-store or on their website. When you get your voucher check the websites sale page for amazing bargains.

Doughnut Time

With flavours like Gay Time, Liam Hemsworthy and Life On Mars you doughnut want to miss this one! Sign up to Doughnut Time’s Inner Circle to claim your free birthday doughnut.

Priceline

For a $5 store credit sign up to Priceline’s Sister Club! Make sure you register early enough to receive your loyalty card in the mail before your birthday.

Tony Bianco

Last but certainly not least update your shoe collection with a $30 birthday voucher from Tony Bianco! You can spend the voucher online or in-store but it can’t be used for shipping, which is only $9.95 or 4 x $2.48 payments if you put it on Afterpay *cough* like I did *cough*.

Happy Birthday and Happy Hustling!

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