Founders and our History
The first clothing sale was held in one of the founding member's garage on Bindaring Parade, Claremont, where Bindaring derived its name. Subsequent sales have been held in local church and town halls from Fremantle to Perth, included a popular fashion parade and auction to showcase the high-end investment pieces. Since 1991, the permanent home for the Bindaring Clothing Sale has been the 4000 sqm Robinson Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Society Claremont Showground.
Bindaring is fortunate to receive a staggering volume of new and pre-loved donations every year. The quality and volume of our donations are what make us special and we spend countless hours sorting everything into six different areas depending on style, designer, and price. Each item is quality checked, often cleaned, and sometimes mended before the clothes meet the 'Bindaring Standard' and are considered ready for sale.
Some of our 200 volunteers who help sort, clean and mend, include one of our original founding members. We are also supported by enthusiastic grandparents, handy partners, corporate volunteers, university and school students. Last year our youngest volunteer was 9 years old and our “most mature”, 92 which is a testament to the culture we strive for at Bindaring. Working together as a family, respecting each other’s strengths and challenges, we focus on creating a successful Bindaring Sale, year after year.
Where do our funds go?
To date, Bindaring Clothing Sale has raised in excess of $2.4m which has helped the Australian Red Cross to fund essential community services in Western Australia.
Funds from the 2019 sale purchased a custom-fitted, new soup patrol van, now operating 365 days a year in the Perth and Fremantle area. Additional funds also supported “Nan’s House” in Calista where a group of grandmothers come together to support each other, their families, and the community.
Bindaring and the Australian Red Cross work closely together to ensure all funds raised by us, stay in Western Australia helping those most vulnerable in our own local communities.
In previous years, our funds raised have been directed towards:
Vehicles for youth education services
Disaster and emergency services
Provision of baby capsules for families in need
Training programs for emergency services