If you love to scour through op shops looking for brand name clothing at bargain prices or enjoy looking for one good book to read on holidays and end up buying a whole pile of them - you're not alone. I personally love looking through op shops for clothing for my family and unusual pieces of furniture, at a fraction of the price of new. Op shops are also handy for people on a budget who have just moved into a new home and also for creative folk, who like to buy something and do it up to give it a new lease on life. Whatever your reason for loving op shops - there are many people who love to "op-shop-hop" around the Nelson Bay region!
Although new the area, I have been exploring the local op shops looking for furniture - and of course, finding a few other bargains along the way. These are my favourite op shops in the region, however, if you if know of any more, or have a different favourite, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your discovery. Who knows what you may find?
Children's clothes bargains at Vinnies, Nelson Bay - Barbie brand girls party dress - $2
Vinnies Nelson Bay would have to be my favourite op shop in the region, as it is close to town and as soon as you walk in the door it feels spacious, clean, and everything is neatly presented. This is the best place to pick up a wide range of clothing at cheap prices - especially second-hand school uniforms and kids clothes for just $2 each. School uniforms, in particular, are expensive full price, so finding them at $2 is a huge saving for any family - especially if you have more than one child. If you are looking for furniture, walk down the side of the building to the back and there is a separate room for furniture and more items for the house and garden. See here for details.
Vinnies Nelson Bay - clothes inside, furniture around the back
All Saints Op Shop is located just a few doors down from Vinnies above, so it is worth having a look in this small store for more bargains. Browse the racks and discover a new top for a night out, jewellery to match and shoes to complete the outfit. If you enjoy reading, there is a little reading nook at the back of the store with books and magazines to scour through. Antiques and collectables can be found down the driveway. See here for details.
All Saints Op Shop, just a few doors down from Vinnies on Yacaaba Street, Nelson Bay
The Salamander Bay Recycling Centre is a treasure trove for all op-shoppers who are happy to spend some time looking through everything to find what they want. As you drive in there is the main shop on the right-hand side, and on the opposite side of the driveway is the 360 Degree Clothing Boutique - which is a little shed full of second-hand clothes. The best part? The price! Fill up a bag for just $2. Inside the clothing shed, you will find men's, women's and children's clothing - including second-hand school uniforms for local schools, in great condition. Bags are provided and then pay over at the shop.
Across the road, in the main shop, you will find everything you will ever need - crutches, golf clubs, books, games, hardware, books, artwork, fridges, washing machines and a whole shed full of furniture. We found this the best place to find furniture for our new home, with most items just $5 - $10 each. This recycle centre stops all of the items from going to landfill and all the money raised goes back into the Port Stephens community. They even have a coffee van at the entrance, so you can have a coffee while you walk around! See here for details.
Fill up a bag for $2 at the 360 Degree Clothing Boutique, Salamander Bay Recycling Centre
The Salvation Army Family Store is located adjacent to Salamander Bay Square on Salamander Way, just a few minutes drive from Nelson Bay. This friendly store has a good range of clothes at cheap prices - with the "clearance" racks selling clothes for $1, as well as a good variety of furniture. We visited this store looking for a small desk and discovered that all the furniture was half price on our visit - we found one for just $5. See here for details.
Lifeline Shop - The Bay is located in the main street of Nelson Bay itself, and is full of designer or good quality clothing displayed like a fashion boutique. This is the shop to go to if you are looking for a new work outfit or a dress for a night out. See here for details.
These are the ones that I have discovered on my exploration of the area - do you know of any more? Where do you think are the best op shops in the Nelson Bay region? Please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your local tips. One thing is for sure - if you visit all of these op shops, you are almost guaranteed to leave with something - even if it wasn't what you went in for!
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