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Published January 15th 2018
Save $$ for fuel & fishing by buying bargains on-shore
Wallaroo, on the Copper Coast, enjoys the services of two great charity op-shops, offering bargain prices hard to match elsewhere. If you're a local, or holidaying in Wallaroo, you're sure to find a great price on that must-have item.
If you arrived for your holiday - but your bag of carefully packed clothes stayed home without you - you will quickly and cheaply find what you need at either or both of Wallaroo's great centrally located charity run op shops. A bit of local knowledge helps when looking for that special pre-loved bargain.
Pretty Bargains in the window display at Lifeline Wallaroo
Find the Wallaroo Lifeline store right in the main street, Owen Tce, conveniently located between cafes and real estate agencies, opposite the Drakes Foodland shopping complex (which is itself new in Owen Tce since August 2015). Park on Owen Tce, or take the short walk from the Foodland carpark, under the big shady Moreton Bay Fig trees and cross the street.
A large, clean, light-filled store enjoying two adjoining shop-fronts, Lifeline Wallaroo offers quality, clean recycled clothes for women, men and children in well-ordered racks and shelves. Stocks of shoes can seem a bit limited. There is a well-presented selection of jewellery and accessories. Lifeline also offer a selection of 'agency" items, which are new, not recycled. Prices at Lifeline Wallaroo are very reasonable for the recycled range, averaging $6.00 or so for a dress, blouse, trousers or shirt. Jewellery is less, $1 or $2. The "agency" range are priced higher but very competitive for new clothing and accessories. There is also a small selection of household soft furnishings, curtains, blankets, cushions etc.
In the adjoining store Lifeline Wallaroo sells secondhand books, trinkets, dining and glassware.
Open hours are 9:30am - 4:00pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 - 12:00 Saturday.
There is another excellent charity op-shop in Wallaroo, just around the corner at the end of Owen Tce, and up the slight incline, if you are walking. The Emu Street Uniting Church op shop is located on Emu Street, beside the Uniting church hall, occupying an unassuming shed. It is run by volunteers. Clothing racks are packed to capacity. There is always a great range of ladies wear, including a section catering to the larger sizes. There is a good quantity of men's wear, and children's and babies' wear too, all at unbeatable prices. Quality is very important to the volunteers who run the shop, as is affordability.
Prices average $2 - $5 per item. Open hours are limited though, being Monday - Friday 1:30pm to 3:30pm, and Saturday 9:30am to 11:30am. (Closed: Public holidays and very hot days.)