The sale whisperer: Melbourne's best shopping June 1-8

The middle day of the year is July 2 but retailers have decided it’s time to clear the first lot of winter stock with a storm of mid-year sales.

The big two – David Jones and Myer – are both on sale, with the former clearing out fashion, homewares, manchester and beds.

A spokesman for David Jones said it expects to sell more than 33,000 pairs of jeans, 95,000 pieces of manchester, 10,000 coats and 200,000 pairs of men’s socks and underwear during the sale, which runs for several weeks.

David Jones' mid-year clearance has begun.

David Jones’ mid-year clearance has begun.

Now that it’s winter, braving the elements for a bargain is harder. No need when the Round She Goes market has five hours of vintage shopping indoors this weekend. Some of Melbourne’s biggest fashion tragics (myself included) will be selling their wardrobes, with labels including Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, Lisa Ho, Cameo the label and more. There are also specialist vintage dealers, handmade jewellery artists and more. And there’s coffee, free parking and a taco stand. Entry is $ 2.

Coburn Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg. Sunday 10am-3pm.

The Round She Goes market will have stores from some of Melbourne's most stylish women.

The Round She Goes market will have stores from some of Melbourne’s most stylish women.

Last week’s denim theme continues with General Pants Co’s sale, which has 60 per cent off brands including One Teaspoon, Wrangler, Lee, Zanerobe, RVCA, Stussy, Herschel, Nudie and Ksubi.

In store and online. While stocks last.

General Pants Co has up to 60 per cent off some of its most popular brands.

General Pants Co has up to 60 per cent off some of its most popular brands.

Sticking with streetwear, Glue Store is having an end-of-season sale with up to 50 per cent off famous brands including Adidas, Nike, Converse, Le Coq Sport, Reebok and Vans. Many styles are reduced to as little as $ 70.

In store and online. While stocks last.

Glue Store is having a big footwear clearance.

Glue Store is having a big footwear clearance. Photo: Katie Fergus

If you are a fan of luxury Australian labels such as Alex Perry, Ellery and Dion Lee and like saving money, then Désordre boutique’s warehouse sale is a must-visit this weekend.

There will be up to 90 per cent off a whole host of pieces, with other brands in the sale including Macgraw, Christopher Esber and Senso. Prices start from $ 50, with nothing more than $ 400.

1 Yarra Street, Richmond. Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm.

If you're a Dion Lee fan like Lindy Klim, get along to the Desordre sale.

If you’re a Dion Lee fan like Lindy Klim, get along to the Desordre sale. Photo: Getty Images

Love a new bag or ballet flats? Australian label Sambag, which turns 20 this year, is having an end-of-season clearance, with up to 50 per cent off selected styles, including footwear, totes and silk garments.

In store and online. While stocks last.

Sambag, known for its ballet flats, also does silk separates, which are part of its end-of-season sale.

Sambag, known for its ballet flats, also does silk separates, which are part of its end-of-season sale.

Two more Aussie brands having a winter clearance are Saba and Sportscraft, which both have up to 60 per cent off winter styles.

The Sportscraft sale includes $ 100 off outerwear styles, while its classic trench is reduced from $ 429 to $ 219.

In store and online.While stocks last.

Sportscraft has excellent deals on its jackets and coats.

Sportscraft has excellent deals on its jackets and coats.

In you’re based in bayside, there’s a designer pop-up that’s too good to miss. Obressed has up to 80 per cent off brands including Talulah, Stevie May, Shona Joy and Once Was.

2/122 Ormond Road, Elwood. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm (closed Sunday, June 11 and Monday, June 12). While stocks last.

Elwood boutique Obdressed has a laneway pop-up shop with massive savings on local brands.

Elwood boutique Obdressed has a laneway pop-up shop with massive savings on local brands.

Calling fashion eco-warriors – Melbourne brand Avila, which makes luxury staples and athleisure wear from eco-friendly fabrics, is having a warehouse sale this weekend. Prices start at $ 15.

277 High Street, Northcote. Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Until June 11.

Local label Avila has a warehouse sale in Northcote.

Local label Avila has a warehouse sale in Northcote.

Staying northside, New Zealand ethical and sustainable brand Kowtowhas a pop-up sale to showcase its basics, which it calls “building block” pieces, and relaxed tailored pieces. Prices at the pop-up range from $ 69 to $ 389.

71 Smith Street, Fitzroy. Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Until June 18.

Sustainable, ethical and from across the ditch. What's not to like about Kowtow?

Sustainable, ethical and from across the ditch. What’s not to like about Kowtow? Photo: MaraSommer

One last pop-up this week south of the river. Husk, the luxe-boho boutique that spawned several imitators, has a pop-up clearance store not far from its Hawksburn home base.

There is up to 80 per cent off brands including Vince, James Perse, J Brand and Citizens of Humanity, whose jeans are worn by many a celebrity.

560 Malvern Rd, Toorak. Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Until July 16.

Husk has a Toorak pop-up with up to 80 per cent off designer brands.

Husk has a Toorak pop-up with up to 80 per cent off designer brands.

Just launched

Fashion brands have been wising up to the fact that standard catalogues are a bit passe.

For its latest “cata-zine” (that’s a catalogue merged with a magazine), Country Road took its crew to Bruny Island, off Tasmania, to tell the story of how Australian wool gets from “farm to fashion”.

The magazine, called Close Knit and produced in partnership with The Woolmark Company, explores themes that are core to Country Road’s business – family, friends and a sense of place – through the stories of the local shearers and food producers.

A focus on sheep farmers Julian and Annabel von Bibra, of Beaufront Station, discusses their aim to market single-origin Tasmanian wool to the global market.

In store for a limited time.

Country Road shot its latest campaign on Bruny Island to showcase Australian-grown wool.

Country Road shot its latest campaign on Bruny Island to showcase Australian-grown wool.

Just opened

Sometimes it’s hard to find new Australian designers unless you wait for fashion week or have industry connections. But thanks to The Council of Textile & Fashion, visitors to the CBD can now interact with emerging labels at two Curated Melbourne sites, at Emporium Melbourne and St Collins Lane.

The pop-up features a rotating mix of brands, including A.BCH and Scott Benedictine, as well as workshops on topics including How to Build a Sustainable Wardrobe.

The program also provides the designers with mentoring and business advice.

St Collins Lane, Collins Street, and Emporium Melbourne, La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Check website for program and designer details.

Scott Benedictine is one of the labels taking part in Curated Melbourne.

Scott Benedictine is one of the labels taking part in Curated Melbourne.

#inthecart: paper-bag trousers

Here’s a fashion trend with a high degree of difficulty. At Fashion Week Australia, Lisa Aiken, Net-a-Porter’s fashion director, was sporting a pair of drawstring pants in taupe, which Who What Wear has dubbed the “ugly” colour of the season. Paired with a simple striped top, Aiken let the pants do the talking. The “paper bag” look is one of the directional trouser styles this season, most commonly cut loosely, with a cinched waist and excess fabric above the drawstring or belt, to create the effect.

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