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Published March 15th 2013
Op shopping is one of the best forms of retail therapy. Not only is budget-friendly, it's eco-friendly and provides funds for good causes. Having said that, op shops in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne are not often showcased. Here are my favourites for the best op shop in the West.
Savers, 33 Albert Street, Footscray
This is a huge store. If you can't find what you're looking for here, possibly it doesn't exist. This store is so big that it has multiple checkouts. As it says at the front, there are more than 100,000 items to choose from and more every day.
Savers stock all the usual things, in large quantities. There are women's, men's, children's and babies' clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, homewares, bric-a-brac, jewellery and sunglasses. It's all very well presented and I didn't see anyone walk out without buying something (including me).
Savers (in conjunction with diabetes australiavic) also have a recycle rewards program. If you bring your clothes and household items to be recycled, you get a discount on your purchases. You also join the Super Savers Club and receive benefits such as special offers and discounts. Current Savers store promotions includes 20% off for students on Sundays and for Seniors on Mondays.
Vinnies, 99 Dohertys Road, Altona North
This store is a bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit. I particularly liked their furniture (there was even a piano) and the toys and books were very appealing.
Salvos, Units 1 and 2, 308 Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown
Op shop and then head to Nelson Place in Williamstown for lunch. This store has a great range of stock. I particularly liked the pianola and the antique blowtorch. Salvos have 20% discount for Pensioner and Health Care Card holders on Tuesdays, for Students on Wednesdays and other regular special deals.
Take 2 Opportunity shop 235 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing. this shop is located at the back of the new Uniting Church building at 235 Derrimut Road. Lots of clean and well priced stock that is constantly being replenished. Friendly atmosphere and the staff are just fabulous.
An update on Salvos Williamstown store, to let you know that the store no longer stocks furniture due to space limitations but now has a huge range of accessories such as shoes, handbags and jewellery, as well as quality clothing.and bric-a-brac etc.