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Closing Down Sale at Anglicare Op Shop, Lilydale

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
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Anglicare Op Shop in Lilydale is closing on 30 June 2023

Op shop exterior.
Op shop exterior.

Consequently, it is having a 'closing down sale'.

closing down sign.
The sign says it all.

Op shops usually have bargains galore, but the closing-down sale has many items at half price, some even less.

op shop interior.
Spacious aisles.

One of the mainstays of op shops is clothing. There were many racks of clothing, with one priced at only one dollar.

Racks of clothing.
Racks of clothing.

Teen clothing was marked down to half price.

Teen clothing.
Catering for all ages.

Often mistaken for customers were manikins throughout the store.

They almost look real.

Often unusual items appear in op shops. Two that I saw were a case of dolls and what I think was a row of skiing boots.

Dolls in a case.
Sardine dolls?

Ski boots.
These boots are made for skiing.

A very unusual item was a Pierre Vandel Paris display unit. Priced at $1500, I assume it must be an antique.

Pierre Vandel Paris display unit.
Pierre Vandel Paris display unit.

What was recognisable was the shoe department. Some were marked as new shoes and others at half-price.

Racks of shoes.
For your feet.

All op shops have a large range of books. Anglicare's library was selling theirs for only 50 cents each. That's less than the overdue fine from a library and you get to keep the book.

The library.

Also at 50 cents each was a large number of glasses of all shapes and sizes.

Suitable for any drink.

Not many fluffy toys were seen, but a white very fluffy doggie looked cute, although it could be a bear.

Fluffy toy.
Whatever it is, it's cute.

The reason Anglicare in Lilydale is closing is threefold. Firstly, is the lack of volunteers. Anglicare Victoria coordinator, Lesly Conway, is quoted in the local paper saying, "This current economic climate is very difficult for any small business, and that is what we are. We have also seen a downturn in volunteers."

op shop interior.
The permanent staff.

Rising rents are another problem and closing during Covid19 was another factor as rents still had to be paid while being closed.

op shop interior.
Op shop interior.

Anglicare has another outlet at Unit 3, Brock Industrial Drive, off Melba Avenue, which runs past the Lilydale High School. This unit specialises in furniture. It too is closing.

Furniture department.

Op Shops are renowned for their bargain prices and the closing down sale gives you a bargain on a bargain. 245B John Street, Lilydale is the place to be for a bargain.
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Phone: 9735-4567
Where: 24B John Street, Lilydale. Melway map: 38. D.5.
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So sorry to hear this op shop is closing. We’ve been going there for years.
by izzy5 (score: 1|18) 8 days ago
This is tragic. Op shop goods are all donated/free. There are many volunteers as those on certain centrelink payments must work 15 hrs per week in a charity, not for profit organisation. The Anglicare op shop in NT is also closing & ALL Anglicare op shops in WA. When times are tough sometimes charity shops can provide many of a families needs for clothing & household goods. A sad day indeed, who'd of thought charity would become too expensive!
by seren (score: 0|2) 2 days ago
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