There has been a resurgence is all things second hand, vintage and antique. Ebay is built around sellers trading off a range of items which are no longer needed, just like Cash Converters, and these days second hand clothing stores happily co-exist next to brand name outlets, for example Grandma Takes A Trip, Blue Spinach Recycled & New Designer Clothing and The Vintage Clothing Shop. And let's not forget charity chain stores such as St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, MS Australia and the Brotherhood of St. Laurence.
Then there is the new wave of second hand shopping, such as the ingenious Clothing Exchange concept, as well as The Frock Exchange - in which pre-loved clothing is exchanged for B-Dollars - which can be used for purchasing new season clothing and accessories.
If you have a favourite second hand store in Sydney, please let us know about it by leaving a comment below. All suggestions are welcome - second hand book stores, second hand clothing stores, second hand music stores - all forms of second hand stores and markets. And if you have found something interesting - let us know about it as well.
Most Salvation Army Op Shops are quite expensive, the Chester Hill Shop is the most expensive I have ever been to, but the Seven Hills Shop is quite good for price, variety, and presentation. My favourite would have to be Vinnies at North Parramatta as their pricing is wonderful, great variety and excellent presentation.
By rampa - reader Monday, 1st of August @ 09:23 am
I like 2nd shop at rockdale: the smith family and vinnie they're good bargain
By Anonymous Monday, 14th of November @ 08:57 pm
By Anonymous Friday, 27th of July @ 10:19 pm
blacktown, salvation army
By Anonymous Sunday, 29th of July @ 05:07 am
By Anonymous Wednesday, 26th of September @ 08:06 am
We have 3 stores in my area (Hornsby):
Vinnies, Salvos and Anglicare. All 3 are ok and some good brands in good condition can be found, but prices have gone up a lot, esp in Anglicare - women's dresses and tops are now around $12, even if they are nothing special. Shoes and boots are around $20 mark, esp if leather and known brands. Salvos are cheaper and hornsby store has a lot of kids' items.
My favourite store is Chatswood Vinnies, I've never left it empty-handed.
But for any op shop you need TIME and PATIENCE to really comb through all they have, to find the good stuff.
Barnardos Peter Pan designer labels sale twice a year is a great place for pricier things, but you can find a real style gem in there.