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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.