If you enjoy Op Shopping, then why not cross the border and visit Queanbeyan, where three main op shops are conveniently located within walking distance from each other in the city centre. It only takes twenty minutes to drive to Queanbeyan from Canberra's CBD, making it an easy trip if you after a particular item or want to keep shopping for that perfect outfit. Although Canberra has its own share of interesting op shops - see Canberra's Biggest and Best Op Shops - Queanbeyan is a new area to explore with bargains to be found. Allow some time to shop at all three stores - this is going to take awhile!
Source: Bargain Hunter website
The Bargain Hunter The Bargain Hunter is the largest of the three city op shops, with rows of clothes, shelves of toys, racks of kids clothes and long shelving units of homewares. If you are after clothes, you could easily spend a long time here sifting through the racks of reasonably prices clothes. The staff are particularly friendly here, with a nice community atmosphere with customers having a chat with each other whilst having a browse. The Bargain Hunter is open 9.30am - 5pm weekdays and 9am - 4pm on Saturdays. See here for more details. Address: 114-120 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan. Tel: 02 6232 9272
Anglicare The Bargain Hunter, with Vinnies seen several doors down
Only a short walk down the road is the smaller Vinnies, which also has friendly staff and a good range of clothes and accessories to choose from. This op shop is long and narrow, with customers walking up the length of the shop looking along the racks. There is a particularly impressive toy wall, with a good selection and reasonable prices for most. Although a small store, it is packed with goods and has plenty of choice. This outlet is open 8:30am - 4:30pm weekdays, 9am - 1pm Saturdays and 10am - 2pm on Sundays. See here for more details. Address: 130 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan. Tel: 02 6200 5950
Salvos Located back down the road and along a side street, Queanbeyan's Salvos is another good sized store with plenty of choice. This store also has well priced new items to choose from and a particularly large furniture department. Wander the aisles and discover some bargains. On the day we visited, all children's clothes were $2 each and there were discounts on different coloured tickets. Salvos is open 9am - 5pm weekdays and 9am - 2:30pm on Saturdays. See here for more details. Address: 203 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. Tel: 02 6297 4999
Why not join hundreds of other shoppers doing the Queanbeyan trio of op shops this weekend and find some stylish bargains (or few!) to add to your wardrobe. Whilst in the area, why not stop for a coffee at 4th Seed Café just a few doors down from the Salvos or a pub lunch at the newly renovated Royal Hotel - the historical heart of the city built in 1850.
If you are after kids toys in particular, there are also a number of good op shops in Canberra to track down suitable toys for your kids, at a good price. See here for a full list. In Queanbeyan, the Vinnies had the best range of toys and I found a number of good options to get us through winter rainy days, for only a few dollars each.