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Golden Opportunity Shop, Wandin North

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 14th 2020
It's a golden opportunity
Shopping is made easy here; as soon as you walk in, large signs hanging from the ceiling tell you where each category of merchandise is located. Don't let that stop you from browsing, as browsing is one of the pleasures of op shopping.

Op shop
The exterior.

The Golden Opportunity Shop is the fundraiser for the Anglican Parish of Wandin, Seville & Mt. Evelyn. They support many local groups and organisations and some further afield for worthy causes.

support sign.
Past assisted organisations.

It is a clean and brightly lit shop with wide aisles, despite its relatively small size. There is a tendency these days for op shops to look like normal shops, rather than the trash & treasure look of the past with some shops.

op shop interior
The well signed interior.

One of the first things you notice is a couple of well-dressed mannequins, seemingly there to greet you. They look friendly but don't say much.

The silent greeters.

The range of merchandise is normal op shop items, easily located by the overhead signs.

hats & nic nacs
A row of hats & a range of nic nacs.

The head is well cared for with a range of caps and hats, some sitting on dummy heads.

Nice fit.

The cap collection.

Working our way down, I noticed a rack of very colourful scarves to decorate or to keep the neck warm.

Scarves of many colours.

While at the neck region a nice range of jewellery is displayed at the front counter.

Front counter and jewellery.

Clothes are the mainstay of all op shops and their selection ranges from baby wear, children's, men's, through to women's.

Dresses for all occasions.

This brings us to the feet. A large range of shoes are displayed. Manager, Glenda says that ladies shoes are a very popular item. Perhaps they just walk out the door.

op shop interior
CDs, books and shoes.

The small ones aren't forgotten with lots of toys and a good range of clothing.

The toy department.

children's clothes.
Children's clothes.

What brings a lot of people into op shops is the array of knic-knacs. These customers are often perusing their hobby of collecting things. I have heard of people's collecting passions from green glassware, walking sticks and pigs yes, anything in the shape of a pig.

Cabinet and nic nacs.

White goods, crockery style.

The Golden Opportunity Shop must be in the country as a sign on the door advises that if you have muddy boots, leave them outside. If you are an op shop junkie call into this one as every op shop has some things that others haven't. And you won't find friendlier staff.

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Why? It's an op shop experience.
When: Monday to Friday 10.00 4.00 pm. Saturday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Phone: (03) 5964 2686.
Where: 362 Warburton Highway Wandin North.
Your Comment
Hi. Neil. Great article. You should travel up to Monbulk, Flower Capital of Australia. There are 4 great op shops, and also stop for Morning Tea at Tims Bakery, their Vanilla Slices are the best around.
There is a small childrens park near the Primary School, lots of fun for kids, and a lovely landscaped Main St, with Seating for watching the passing parade.
by ifaye (score: 1|74) 559 days ago
Neil, great article. You should visit Monbulk, flower capital of Aust.
4 well stocked op shops, then have morning tea,at Tims Bakery,delicious Vanilla Slice. Beaut kids playground near the Primary School and lovely landscaped Main St, with seating, where you can watch the passing parade.
by ifaye (score: 1|74) 559 days ago
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