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Where are the Best Op Shops in Brisbane?

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by Ranyhyn Akui (subscribe)
A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published February 4th 2012

When I say op shop, I'm not talking about an antique shop or retro store or somewhere that will charge you an arm and a leg for really old clothes and rusty tins. I mean the good old fashioned op shops, where you can find piles of books at 50 cents each, designer label jeans for under $10, kooky knitted jumpers and all sorts of weird and wonderful but useful stuff for less than the change in your wallet.

Since op shopping become 'cool,' its getting harder and harder to find second hand stores like these. Demand increases, prices go up and before you know it, those designer jeans are going for $30 instead of $10. But I'm sure there must still be plenty of good op shops around Brisbane that I just haven't found. Some of the ones I have found and always find fantastic bargains in are:

Lifeline Supa Stores
These stores are usually huge and packed with everything from clothing and shoes to furniture, books and kitchenware. The best I've found is in Woolongabba, at 779 Stanley Street. It has all of the above in spades and is really cheap.



Salvos Stores
If you can find a massive Salvo's Store, like the one in Red Hill at 80 Glenrosa Road, then you'll find plenty of bargains. The store I've mentioned does try to be a little fancy and some of the prices for knick knacks and bits and pieces that they think are 'antiquey' are laughable (but still cheaper than actual antique shops). They always have old suitcases and picture frames and a shed full of furniture as well as stacks and stacks of clothes, all sorted into categories for easy browsing, and homewares.



Annerly second hand stores
A group of op shops in one place can be just as good as a super store, though you probably won't find furniture or other large items. Annerley has several on Ipswich Road between Dudley and Warwick Streets. There is a Lifeline, an Aid for the Blind store and an Asthma Foundation store, all of which have lots of clothes and books and often have the fantastic 'fill a bag for $2' sales.

Well, those are my tips for where to do some happy op shopping but what about yours? What fantastic finds have you picked up and where?
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Wynnum has a great selection of op shops. My top pick is The Box, which is down an alleyway on Bay Terrace. It's this tiny room full of stuff that you really have to rummage through, but the prices are ridiculously low (e.g. on my last trip I got a green glass candy dish for 20c). Good old fashioned op shopping.
by Carly Ogborne (score: 3|4616) 1323 days ago
ASTHMA FOUNDATION OP SHOP COORPAROO is open 7 days a week on Cavendish Rd near Coorparoo train station. The shop is huge & they have a huge range of items, prices are good including well priced furniture & most things are new or near new. Everything is clean & the shop smells fresh. The shop is set out really nicely & I find it easy to spend a couple hours in there just looking at everything. The staff are very happy too!!
by kylie (score: 0|3) 276 days ago
Priceless House, 34 wellington road woolloongabba!!
by price (score: 0|3) 776 days ago
The Thrift Shop and Eternity Boutique on Windsor Road at Red Hill. Open 6 days a week, the clothes in the Eternity Boutique are in great condition, with some solid brand names and at prices lower than I've seen anywhere.
by karen (score: 0|3) 1265 days ago
The Hearts for Africa Thrift shop on cnr. Troughton Road and Turton Street, Banoon/Sunnybank is a hidden gem. It carries quality clothing, shoes and bric-a-brac. Hear it is having a Pre-Christmas half-price sale this Wednesday 7th Dec. through to this. Friday 9th Dec.Sjould bag some good bargains. I believe it opens at 9am through to 4pm. All proceeds go to an African Program.
by nbowd (score: 0|2) 170 days ago
At uniting church hawken drive/ Swann Road. St Lucia Held on 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings Small crowded op shop but very cheap clothes crockery utensils books blankets
by basbe (score: 0|2) 703 days ago
Gateway Opp Shop has great quality clothing and bricabrac. Also great, friendly volunteers!
by 4irvi (score: 0|2) 788 days ago
Gateway Opp Shop has great quality clothing and bricabrac. Also great, friendly volunteers!
by 4irvi (score: 0|2) 788 days ago
Red Cross Op Shop in McWhirters Fortitude Valley is open on Sundays from 9am - 3pm and it's MARK DOWN DAY. I love this store so much that now I'm a volunteer on Sunday afternoons. I still can't believe I can buy clothes from $1 and they have Label clothing from $10. Some items including jewellery and handbags are new. It's right on the Brunswick Mall so come and say hi and check us out.
by tmahe (score: 1|12) 868 days ago
I love going to the tip shops in Geebung and Acacia Ridge. You'll find all kinds of stuff there and all ridiculously cheap!
by LoveTravel (score: 1|73) 992 days ago
Thank You!
by kathr (score: 0|6) 1017 days ago
The shops next to the Geebung Railway Station currently have four op shops within a block - three on Newman Road and one on Robertson Road.
There is a Lifeline, an Aid for the Blind store, a Salvos, with the last of the four being (I think) a Red Cross store. All are well worth a visit.
Robyn.
by redro (score: 0|2) 1018 days ago
There's the BICARE (Brain Injured Children’s Aftercare Recovery Endeavours ) thrift shop in Bardon. It has a nice variety of bric-a-brac, shoes, jewellery & clothing, and right now they are having a 50% sale of clothing, shoes and handbags. Visit and grab yourself a bargain, it's for a good cause.
7 Morgan Tce
Bardon QLD 4065
(07) 3367 1121. Open 09:30 - 16:00
by goretti (score: 0|6) 697 days ago
Citipointe Op shop
Morayfeild Rd, Morayfeild
3343 8888

Cheap prices and friendly volunteers.
by dress (score: 0|2) 458 days ago
Where has the Salvos from logan road relocated?
by Tanaisha.A (score: 0|2) 286 days ago
Where has the Salvos from logan road relocated?
by Tanaisha.A (score: 0|2) 286 days ago
I agree. The McIntyre shop is bright and clean. Designer clothes at great prices, as well as home decor items, books, CDs etc The volunteers are always friendly andready to chat.
by maude (score: 0|2) 294 days ago
The new McIntyre Centre thrift shop in Kenmore is bright and fresh, and full of designer wear at amazing prices, many brand new. I saw a Lisa Ho dress, Country Road blouses etc. Well presented homewares & accessories, books, CDs...I visit every week & always find a bargain.
by maude (score: 0|2) 294 days ago
Red Cross Sunnybank at back of Station rd. shopping centre Sunnybank has loads of clothes books knick-knacks and things to bowse through and always has a load of baby/toddler clothes for 50 cents a piece as well as other weekly and daily specials Worth a look. Shop of Africa is a little shop on Troughton Rd (opposite end to QE2 hospital closer to Banoon Station) has lots of little goodies and plenty of clothes and other bits and pieces and run by lovely staff Sue
by sve (score: 0|2) 307 days ago
Red Cross Sunnybank at back of Station rd. shopping centre Sunnybank has loads of clothes books knick-knacks and things to bowse through and always has a load of baby/toddler clothes for 50 cents a piece as well as other weekly and daily specials Worth a look. Shop of Africa is a little shop on Troughton Rd (opposite end to QE2 hospital closer to Banoon Station) has lots of little goodies and plenty of clothes and other bits and pieces and run by lovely staff Sue
by sve (score: 0|2) 307 days ago
There are two really good op shops in Kenmore - the McIntyre Centre (Riding for the disabled) and Vinnies. Both of them have a great good range of goods. Some of the items can be in the higher price range but they both do stock designer items and the condition is always good. Any clothes I have bought have been in perfect condition and also a bargain As well, they have heaps of bargains. I got a pair of beautiful cut glass designer dragonflies which were huge (6" and 8" approx) for the bargain price of $7! Neither shop has the "musty" smell that some op shops have.
by norma (score: 0|7) 326 days ago
Top store
by Leoni (score: 0|6) 346 days ago
Nundah has a Cheap Op Shop next door to the Zion Nursing Home @ Union Street, Volunteers from the Lutheran Church and all proceeds are returned to the Nursing Home.
by diann (score: 0|9) 443 days ago
stones corner.
LInk vision new store...great previously owned stock.
Great prices.
by tracy (score: 0|2) 449 days ago
Grapples Thrift Shop in Kedron is a hidden treasure that you may (though most likely may not) be aware of. The Thrift Shop is situated behind the Chermside/Kedron Community Church on Gympie Road. It opens weekdays and Saturday mornings and has a wonderfully wide variety of pre-loved treasures
by Stephen de Jager (score: 2|105) 1025 days ago
Vinnies at the Valley (Brunswick Street) Red Cross at McWhirters The Salvos at Lutwyche thyese are my top 3 but did find a new one that's pretty good for all round bargains on Newmarket Rd All these Op Shops have good value items and friendly staff.
by tmahe (score: 1|12) 1032 days ago
Lifeline Supa Store at Virginia usually has at least one thing that makes it worth the trip. It's always well organised and easy browse.
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 1649 days ago
a little one in Morgan Tce, Bardon. after have a coffee @ yhr funky coffee shop next door
by amoss (score: 0|2) 1666 days ago
The Salvos Superstore on the service road next to the M1 at Loganholme (near Harvey Norman) is massive, well organised and reasonably priced (for most items) and only 20 mins drive from the city.
by amh (score: 0|4) 1693 days ago
Love a good church oppie...they still price used goods the way they ought to be priced, not like many so-called op shops who like to think the sign out the front of their store says "antiques and collectables" and price things way out of the league of those in the community who really need them. Check out Bridgemans Downs Baptist for their once a year garage sale...it's amazing.
by Joan0fArc (score: 1|12) 1770 days ago

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