I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published October 15th 2017
Find bargains in op shops
My friend Marg, who is a busy schoolteacher, asked me to take her to my favourite op shops during the school holidays as I always tell her about the treasures and bargains I have picked up at my local op shops.
We arranged to meet in Blackwood Street, Mitchelton at Delicatezza café for coffee and to plan our morning. Our first op shop was just a few doors down at the Asthma Foundation Shop. I go there occasionally, usually after coffee with friends. It is an interesting shop with a wide range of things on sale. In the past, I have bought some nice dresses there and a pair of good rainproof trousers for bushwalking. Marg was very impressed with their range of cheap buttons.
You never know what you will find at an op shop and I think that is why they are so exciting to visit. It also feels good to know you are helping charities and helping to recycle things. On this morning, there was even a UQ graduation hat on sale - but I noticed it was gone on my next visit, so some student who was about to graduate probably snapped it up. The only thing I bought this day at the Asthma shop was a $2 tiara because I'm going on a 'Tux and Tiara' bushwalking camp in a few weeks.
The next two op shops on our list were in Dawson Parade at Grovely. These two are run by St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies). They are side by side. One sells clothes, shoes and jewellery, and the other one sells furniture, linen, books, kitchenware and lots of other things. I often call into these shops and have bought some great things over the years. I have bought some gorgeous cane side tables, books and binoculars. Just the week before I went with Marg, I bought a gorgeous big Queensland Maple table - I'm having a few problems getting it into the house. I also found a great pair of good quality lightweight bushwalking poles in this shop.
Marg bought some lovely scarves in the clothes shop and picked up a book "Big Little Lies" by Leane Moriarty. which was recently in the news with Nicole Kidman winning an Emmy award for the television series based on the book.
After scavenging around these two shops for a while, we headed off to the Kidney Support Network Shop nearby in Dallas Parade in Grovely. I really like this shop because the volunteer women who run it are so welcoming and friendly. I only found this one by accident one day after I was filling in time waiting to pick someone up from the nearby community health centre.
It is a small shop but packed with interesting things. There was a beautiful dress in the window for $45, which would be great for a young woman going to a formal. Marg bought a lovely blue and white linen dress here. Sylvia, one of the volunteers, modelled a Nespresso apron for us, which was for sale.
Our last shop on this day was the Lifeline Shop in the shopping centre on Rode Road at Stafford. This shop has a special selection of high-quality clothes including Trent Nathan, Jag, Sara, Sportscraft, Calvin Klein, Country Road, Harry Who and Liz Jordan.
Op shops are great fun and you never know what treasures you will find. There is something for everyone. There are lots of op shops around Brisbane, so there will be some near you. This is just a small selection of ones near me. I find you need to keep calling in as they get new stock all the time and the good things go really fast.