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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
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.

Astma Foundation op shop
Astma Foundation op shop

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.

Hats Asthma Foundation op shop
Hats, Asthma Foundation op shop

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.

Boots, Vinnies Dawson Parade
Boots, Vinnies Dawson

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.

Good book, Vinnies Dawson Parade
Good book, Vinnies Dawson Par

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.

My walking poles from Vinnies
Walking poles from Vinnies

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.

Black and white dress Kidney shop
Black and white dress, Kidney shop

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.

Sylvia modelling Nespresso apron Kidney shop
Sylvia modelling Nespresso apron, Kidney shop

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.

Toys, Lifeline Rode Road
Toys, Lifeline Rode Road

There was a mauve and white hat which would be good if you barracked for that team. The woman in the shop told me that they never got any Broncos or Cowboys paraphernalia donated.

Football hat Lifeline, Rode Road
Football hat Lifeline, Rode

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.

Vinnies, Dawson Parade
Vinnies, Dawson Parade

Comics, Asthma shop
Comics, Asthma Foundation shop

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They sound like great op shops. Wish I could scavenge them. Good story Roz.
by hdona (score: 2|243) 901 days ago
Great story Roz. I also like the "Tip" shop at Dakabin. It is only open Friday and Saturday though.The items are very reasonably priced and the variety.
by janly (score: 0|8) 901 days ago
Great article Roz!
by Naomi (score: 1|30) 899 days ago
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