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Published August 4th 2014
There's just something about an Op shop that brings out the treasure hunter in all of us and Melbourne is filled with these wonderful Aladdin's caves.
Perhaps you like to Op Shop to save money or maybe to feel good about recycling and that you are doing your bit to assist the planet, maybe its a love of all things retro and fashions from a time long ago.
Or my personal favourite, perhaps its just the treasure hunter that dwells within many of us looking up and hoping to find some lost artefact that turns out to be worth a fortune on eBay or through a dealer.
Whatever your direction, Melbournians love our Op shopping.
Where do you go to find Melbourne's best op shops?
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To get the ball rolling, here's a few of my special Op Shops I am particularly fond of:
If bigger is best you must visit the Savers Op Shops where their motto is "The recycle Superstore" Click here for a locations list of Savers stores.
Another chain store is Vinnies.
Read what Erica has to say about their Ringwood store.
Click here for a locations list of Vinnies stores.
The Lost and Found Markets promise, fashion, bric a brac, art,books and records plus more. They now have two locations 1-5 Perry Street Collingwood and 511 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Click here for website.
Some of the best op shops I find are in more affluent communities, seriously they dump brand names as quick as they name drop.
To get in with those that know, try "The Op-Shop" at 143 Canterbury Rd, Toorak.
If rummaging in piles of stuff is more your thing, try Alkira at 3 Thurston St, Box Hill.
For those that really love a bargain, try the 1$ opp shop in the Mountain Gate shops, Ferntree Gully, where everything is $1.
Rewind - is a blending of old and new treasures. Located at 151A Lygon St, Brunswick East.
When in Melbourne I head to savers and occasionally a vinnies or salvos.
being from the country we have no idea about Melbourne suburbs, the distances, freeways etc. so the lists of opshops are confusing unless you spend half and hour in the car with a gps or on Google looking for the closest store to where your current location is. I'd love to spend a week just thrusting in Melbourne but I find I always have so much more luck in the country. city stores are so picked over for good brands and finds and so much more expensive, hit up the country stores and I never go wrong!
I'm often asking myself the same question! My personal favourite for rummaging is All Souls Opportunity Shop in Sandringham. All Souls is run entirely by volunteers, and prices are incredibly reasonable. I rarely leave All Souls without anything.
The op shops in Cheltenham are very good too, Family Life in particular.
The BEST and cheapest opportunity shop is in Preston. St.Mary's on the corner of High Street and Murray Road. All records only $2-!! All winter coats regardless of brand $3 to $5. Most clothing $2 to $5. SUPER CHEAP. The locals best kept secret. Usually open Tuesday to Friday.
Storehouse Charity Inc is incredible. 77 Chapel St Windsor. It's full of quality designer brands and trendy finds, Its become part of my weekly ritual... I always find a bargain!:) a definite must if you're in the area!
Weekly , I go to Ashburton Community Op Shop in High Street Ashburton, next to the Railway Line (Ashburton). What an amazing op shop. Clean, Fresh, well organized, friendly helpful staff and what an assortment of amazing stuff. Always something amazing to purchase, including plants. Drive in and drop off your unwanted stuff and then go through the front door and purchase beautiful, clean, quality stuff. Tip - Buy all your Christmas presents here - many still in boxes. Also cards, wrapping paper, boxes even lemons and free bay leaves from time to time. And I believe that 95% of the profits go back into the Ashburton Community, like Meals on Wheels etc. There are 3 op shops all within walking distance in this small strip. Has to be the best run, organized op shop in Melbourne.
The Villa Maria Op Shop in Wantirna Mall, (car Mountain Hwy and Boronia Rd) has had a revamp and is more like a nice little boutique full of (very cheap) goodies. Not junky, not smelly, and really high turnover so always lots of fresh stock. They also have shops in Heathmont and Bayswater and a new shop will be opening in Mountain. Gate Shopping Centre (cnr Burwood Hwy and Ferntree Gully Rd) in a couple of weeks. Every dollar goes to Villa Maria Charity. I'm a volunteer and they need lots more volunteers - particularly for the new Mountain Gate shop. Villa Maria is a really worthy cause and you can pick up a bargain or two......or three!
Austin Health Op-Shop in Diamond Creek has been open for more than forty years. A short while ago it was closed due to OH&S issues. A new building opened about eighteen months later and the 36 volunteers raise around $200.00.00 a year for vital hospital equipment. The old shop is about to begin renovations and who knows what these volunteers and the Diamond Creek Community might achieve? This is a valuable asset in the district and it serves the Community - and the hospital in so many different ways......kr
Geelong is afloat with good op shops. Vinnies, Red Cross, Lifeline and Salvos in Pakington St. All clean and well organised, offering books, clothes, some furniture and bric a brac. More shops in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove
WOW ...Save the Children have just opened a new OP Shop in Bentleigh. What a breath of fresh air...great clothes, great prices, beautiful and fresh- I got a heap of bargains for less than $50...opposite the RSL so went and spent what I saved on a great meal...
Brotherhood of St Lawrence 24 Margarer St corner of Hall St there is parking out the back and once you get inside all clothing items are given one price eg the jeans are all $6 the tops all $5 and they have a great range of shoes once again all the one price and there is great furniture there too, Once your in this suburb there is 3-4 other op shops to investigate also
My favourite Op Shop is Missionpoint in Somerville Road, Yarraville. It is run by the Yarraville Pilgrim Uniting Church and staffed solely by volunteers. It is really well organized with lots of treasures to find. I always buy lots of books(on shelves in alphabetical order!). My 25 year old daughter recently bought her whole work wardrobe including lots of designer brands.