AS ONLINE shopping continues to take hold in the retail world, the browsing experience of sifting through appropriately muddled racks stays in trend.
While keeping a sharp eye on hidden golden gleams of one-off finds which come with a bit more effort than the virtual eBay tour, checking out local haunts is always fun — and competitively affordable.
Perhaps one of the smallest havens of unwanted gear you will find crammed into a creative hub is at Cronulla Vinnie's.
Be prepared for a game of patience, but there are some great little vintage treasures that will surprise you.
Staff say they cannot believe what people want to get rid of: Calvin Klein earrings, Tiffany & Co statement chains, genuine leather handbags for as little as $10, and the occasional fur jacket.
This outlet has an eclectic array of recycled goodies to keep you rummaging for hours. Profits go directly towards providing resources and support to people in need. St Vincent De Paul is at 45 Gerrale Street, Cronulla.
SUTHERLAND Shire model and surfer, Laura Andon, is an ambassador for WWF Earth Hour 2012.
She joins former 2011 ambassadors — model mum Miranda Kerr, television host Jamie Durie and actress Cate Blanchett.
Laura will present one of the awards at the March 31 event in Sydney.
"Being part of this global movement is a huge privilege as we each make a pledge collectively to protect the planet," Laura said. "Our relationship with the environment should be appreciated and valued."
One to watch
KIRSTEN Dee, 20, who won the Miss Indy National title last year will try her luck at a new pageant.
Kirsten of Cronulla will be centre stage on Wednesday, March 28, at the final of the inaugural Miss Sydney at Sharkies Cronulla.