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Where are the Best Op Shops in Brisbane?

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by Ranyhyn Akui (subscribe)
A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published February 4th 2012

When I say op shop, I'm not talking about an antique shop or retro store or somewhere that will charge you an arm and a leg for really old clothes and rusty tins. I mean the good old fashioned op shops, where you can find piles of books at 50 cents each, designer label jeans for under $10, kooky knitted jumpers and all sorts of weird and wonderful but useful stuff for less than the change in your wallet.

Since op shopping become 'cool,' its getting harder and harder to find second hand stores like these. Demand increases, prices go up and before you know it, those designer jeans are going for $30 instead of $10. But I'm sure there must still be plenty of good op shops around Brisbane that I just haven't found. Some of the ones I have found and always find fantastic bargains in are:

Lifeline Supa Stores
These stores are usually huge and packed with everything from clothing and shoes to furniture, books and kitchenware. The best I've found is in Woolongabba, at 779 Stanley Street. It has all of the above in spades and is really cheap.

Salvos Stores
If you can find a massive Salvo's Store, like the one in Red Hill at 80 Glenrosa Road, then you'll find plenty of bargains. The store I've mentioned does try to be a little fancy and some of the prices for knick knacks and bits and pieces that they think are 'antiquey' are laughable (but still cheaper than actual antique shops). They always have old suitcases and picture frames and a shed full of furniture as well as stacks and stacks of clothes, all sorted into categories for easy browsing, and homewares.

Annerly second hand stores
A group of op shops in one place can be just as good as a super store, though you probably won't find furniture or other large items. Annerley has several on Ipswich Road between Dudley and Warwick Streets. There is a Lifeline, an Aid for the Blind store and an Asthma Foundation store, all of which have lots of clothes and books and often have the fantastic 'fill a bag for $2' sales.

Well, those are my tips for where to do some happy op shopping but what about yours? What fantastic finds have you picked up and where?
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Wynnum has a great selection of op shops. My top pick is The Box, which is down an alleyway on Bay Terrace. It's this tiny room full of stuff that you really have to rummage through, but the prices are ridiculously low (e.g. on my last trip I got a green glass candy dish for 20c). Good old fashioned op shopping.
by Carly Ogborne (score: 3|4642) 3455 days ago
The Thrift Shop and Eternity Boutique on Windsor Road at Red Hill. Open 6 days a week, the clothes in the Eternity Boutique are in great condition, with some solid brand names and at prices lower than I've seen anywhere.
by karen (score: 0|3) 3397 days ago
Priceless House, 34 wellington road woolloongabba!!
by price (score: 0|3) 2908 days ago
There are 6 Op Shops at Geebung - Broken to Brilliant Op Shop, Salvos, Vinnies, Lifeline, VisionLink, Redcross Railway Parade Geebung - Opposite the Geebung Railway station
by conta (score: 0|1) 945 days ago
In the Redlands, you cant go past The Thrift Shop and The Salvation Army on Redland Bay Road Capalaba, still selling items at True Op Shop Prices.
The Salvation Army store on Shore Street West at Cleveland is very good on quality and price as well.
by Kerri-Ann (score: 0|3) 2053 days ago
ASTHMA FOUNDATION OP SHOP COORPAROO is open 7 days a week on Cavendish Rd near Coorparoo train station. The shop is huge & they have a huge range of items, prices are good including well priced furniture & most things are new or near new. Everything is clean & the shop smells fresh. The shop is set out really nicely & I find it easy to spend a couple hours in there just looking at everything. The staff are very happy too!!
by kylie (score: 0|3) 2408 days ago
I love going to the tip shops in Geebung and Acacia Ridge. You'll find all kinds of stuff there and all ridiculously cheap!
by LoveTravel (score: 1|73) 3125 days ago
Rspca new farm is open sunday
by barry (score: 0|6) 3437 days ago
Oops have you been to rspca superstore 485 beaudesert rd moorooka 3 for $10 clothes everyday
by barry (score: 0|6) 3437 days ago

Womens & Mens clothing 4 for $10. Also Tables with fill-a-bag for $1 & $2.
by chrys (score: 0|2) 3409 days ago
rspca op shop in new farm is way overpriced and they are rude if your not an old person. Would not recommend at all :(
by blued (score: 0|2) 3266 days ago
are there any op shops in the Brisbane CBD or nearby area
by kathr (score: 0|6) 3183 days ago
Vinnies at the Valley (Brunswick Street) Red Cross at McWhirters The Salvos at Lutwyche thyese are my top 3 but did find a new one that's pretty good for all round bargains on Newmarket Rd All these Op Shops have good value items and friendly staff.
by tmahe (score: 1|12) 3165 days ago
Red Cross Op Shop in McWhirters Fortitude Valley is open on Sundays from 9am - 3pm and it's MARK DOWN DAY. I love this store so much that now I'm a volunteer on Sunday afternoons. I still can't believe I can buy clothes from $1 and they have Label clothing from $10. Some items including jewellery and handbags are new. It's right on the Brunswick Mall so come and say hi and check us out.
by tmahe (score: 1|12) 3001 days ago
The shops next to the Geebung Railway Station currently have four op shops within a block - three on Newman Road and one on Robertson Road.
There is a Lifeline, an Aid for the Blind store, a Salvos, with the last of the four being (I think) a Red Cross store. All are well worth a visit.
by redro (score: 0|2) 3150 days ago
Thank You!
by kathr (score: 0|6) 3149 days ago
Grapples Thrift Shop in Kedron is a hidden treasure that you may (though most likely may not) be aware of. The Thrift Shop is situated behind the Chermside/Kedron Community Church on Gympie Road. It opens weekdays and Saturday mornings and has a wonderfully wide variety of pre-loved treasures
by Stephen de Jager (score: 2|105) 3158 days ago
what op shops are open on a sunday
by donna (score: 0|2) 3437 days ago
The Lifeline Op Shop in Morayfield, the staff are just so friendly and they are open on a Sunday.
by lynga (score: 1|26) 270 days ago
RSPCA OP SHOP 485 Beaudesert Rd Moorooka It puts the fun into op shopping with basic clothes 3 for $10 plus all the bric n brac finds there is also half of the shop full of furniture
by barry (score: 0|6) 3983 days ago
Capalaba. Start at Noeleen St, Endeavour and Footprints. Footprints has been my favourite for many years. Lots of treasures to be found. Endeavour is wonderful , and their books are sorted by Author which makes it easier when looking for a particular book. Across from the car park is a small Lifeline. Then go along Redland Bay Road a few blocks to a Lifeline Supastore and a little further a Salvos Store. Turn back and near the cnr of Old Cleveland and Moreton Bay Roads is a Vinnies. Also while you are at Capalaba check out the Golden Circle and Sara Lee stores for groceries, and the Drink Depot for lots of soft drinks brands you don't see at the supermarkets.
by miles (score: 1|17) 3906 days ago
Always check your local paper for Church Bazaars. Several Churches at Clevleand have regular jumble sales on a saturday morning, they are listed in the Redland Times on a friday.
by miles (score: 1|17) 3906 days ago
Love a good church oppie...they still price used goods the way they ought to be priced, not like many so-called op shops who like to think the sign out the front of their store says "antiques and collectables" and price things way out of the league of those in the community who really need them. Check out Bridgemans Downs Baptist for their once a year garage's amazing.
by Joan0fArc (score: 1|12) 3902 days ago
a little one in Morgan Tce, Bardon. after have a coffee @ yhr funky coffee shop next door
by amoss (score: 0|2) 3799 days ago
Lifeline Supa Store at Virginia usually has at least one thing that makes it worth the trip. It's always well organised and easy browse.
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 3782 days ago
Lifeline super store closed :-(
by kylie67 (score: 0|2) 3704 days ago
If you're looking for a great range of different things, dirt cheap prices I'd recommend the Citipointe OpShop in Rosemary Street.
by julia (score: 0|2) 3562 days ago
CONNECTED Shed 4A 143 St Vincent's Road VIRGINIA. and today(Saturday 6/7/13) is a $2 day from 9am to 3pm.
by kurli (score: 1|16) 3551 days ago
there is this little op shop on your way to redbank plains, so cheap lets just say i scored 5 pairs of skinny wrangler jeans for $3 each pretty much brand new latest opshops
by aka_f (score: 0|2) 3481 days ago
nearest second hand shop from durack inala
by hmoha (score: 0|2) 3466 days ago

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