This October a troupe from the Women’s Circus will be somersaulting and cart wheeling through Melbourne op shop windows for Buy Nothing New Month.
In homage to the month that promotes conscientious consumption, the nouveau cirque troupe will encourage shoppers to take a second look at second hand by turning every day op shop donations into a razzle dazzle spectacle.
Presented by Sacred Heart Mission, the performers will tell the story of a little girl’s toy room coming alive through its show-womanship of contortion, stilting, acrobalance, tumbling and just plain clowning around - using only op shop donations for props and costumes.
Women’s Circus performer Michelle Buza said Buy Nothing New Month was a chance to show off what can be done with both the ordinary and extraordinary objects that can be found in op shops.
“Buy Nothing New Month is about taking the challenge to buy nothing new for the month of October, except for essentials. It’s about thinking of the alternatives to purchasing new stuff such as buying second-hand, borrowing, renting or swapping; choosing experiences like going to the circus with friends instead of splurging on a brand new dress; promoting community over consumerism.”
The troupe will perform in four Sacred Heart Mission op shop windows.
People are urged to get in early to secure a good window view and kids are encouraged to press their noses against the glass.
Saturday 6 October 2012
10:30am - Hawthorn, 86 Riverdsale Rd (cnr Glenferrie Rd) (ph 9819 9593)
11:45am - South Melbourne, 365 Clarendon St (ph 9690 3392)
Saturday 27 October 2012
10:30am - Bentleigh, 271 Centre Road (ph 9557 0895)
11:45am - Elsternwick, 1/486 Glenhuntly Road (ph 9528 5893)
All proceeds from Sacred Heart Mission op shops go towards its work with people who are homeless or living in poverty.