I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published March 18th 2014
Update November 24th 2020
RSPCAShop has shut down
Make a Day of Op Shopping
Bargain Shop Hop - Rocklea Area
I am a great fan of op shops and love looking, but if I'm looking for specific second hand items, here's my course of action:
Some weeks things are priced. Some weeks they're not. It depends on how busy the photographer is.
Step 2. Go to the Tip Shop at 8am - good things go fast. It's only open Saturday and Sunday 8:00 - 4:00, 46 Colebard St Archerfield
I was waiting at the door right on 8am to snap this up.
Some 'finds' ready to paint.
Superstores Step 3. Five minutes drive will take me to the Lifeline and Salvos Superstores - fortuitously in the same block. They both have furniture, clothing, crockery, and often have Fill a Bag of Fluffy Toys for $5 or less. I keep an eye out for these for my Christmas Child boxes. There are often new toys with tags attached or ones that have obviously not been played with. Both at 17 Boniface Street Archerfield 4108
Step 4. If I have any energy left and depending want I'm looking for, I'll call in at Woolloongabba Demolitions (which is surprisingly enough at Rocklea) Beaudesert Rd Rocklea.
Hardware Store Step 5: If I need tools, paint or caffeine Bunnings is also close by at the end of Granard Rd. Of course you won't get second hand bargains here, but you may be lucky and get something on sale.
Step 6: Also close by, if you haven't had enough yet, is the RSPCA Op Shop. It is still on Beaudesert Rd over the rail bridge beside a service station. They have a range of good quality furniture. Today I saw 2 great cupboards and a little old one that would be very useful if repainted. Don't get excited I bought one and sent my daughter to get the other. Both well under $200. One needs new handles. Naturally they carry all the usual Op Shop goodies - crockery, CDs , books, games.
The manager here says they are not the cheapest around - they are still very reasonable - but you'll find no rubbish. Donations are sorted thoroughly. Clothes are always 3 for $10, electrical goods are tested and have a 2 week warranty. They sometimes have new animal related items at super small prices.