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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.
Published April 8th 2019
Four in close proximitery
Bayswater Op Shops

There are four op shops in Bayswater.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes.
6/14 Station Street.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Saturday 9.30 am to 1.00 pm.

sign
We are here.

"A bargain for you, a gift for others." That's their motto proudly displayed behind their sales counter.

shop interior
The friendly staff in front of their motto.

It's not a large shop but has the usual range of op shop merchandise all of a high quality.

clothing
Rack upon rack of clothing.

A trend I have noticed in a few op shops is to sell new items, usually craft type articles made by volunteers. Villa Maria in Bayswater has a volunteer who assembles small displays of succulents.

succulents
A small display of succulents for sale.

Clothing is their mainstay merchandise with a wall shelving display of glassware, crockery and knick knacks.



Knox Op Shop.
29 Macauley Place
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 3.00 pm.
Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Shop exterior
Goods inside and outside.

Not a large shop almost hidden away in Macauley place, it is packed with a good range of goods.

The emphasis seems to be on clothing, offering rack upon rack of bargains.

shop interior
The non-clothing section.

A nice display of hats stand out among the clothing.

Hats
A nice display of headgear.

Small displays of glassware and crockery are also available.
Like most small op shops, some of their wares are displayed outside on the footpath.


Vinnies.
700 Mountain Highway.
Open: Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Sign
Where we are.

The first impression when entering Vinnies in Bayswater is that it is not an op shop.

It is very bright and the range of the usual op shop merchandise is spread out and not cluttered. The advantage of larger premises.

shop interior
The widely spread aisles make browsing easy.

They have many shelves full of cups, mugs and other crockery, giving a good choice for something different to serve on at your next tea party.

cups
Cups, mugs and other things.

A display of brightly colourful objects at the end of a shelf, on closer inspection, were new oven mitts, something you don't see much these days. Maybe with microwave ovens and takeaways, we don't need them.

They have a good range of clothing, but because of the size of the premises, they don't dominate.

Racks of clothing
Racks of clothing

Because of the size of the shop, they can accommodate a small section for furniture.

Furniture
A small furniture section.


Salvos.
716 Mountain Highway.
Open: Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.



A very large shop with an entrance from both ends.

shop interior
The knick-knack section

They have a huge range of clothing and not being cluttered makes it very easy to view what is available.

clothing
More clothing

Most op shops have a section of pre-read books. Bayswater Salvos is no exception, in fact, their book section looks like a mini library with a table and chair set in an alcove between the shelves. Perhaps you can read before you buy.

books
The library


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