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Published November 24th 2017
So many op shops, so little time
Every woman needs a few good Op Shops in her repertoire. One of the simple pleasures in my life is to visit the local Op Shops in my area, taking time to browse through pre-loved treasures. I find that each shop has its own character and sometimes its own specialities.
Goolwa has no less than six fantastic Op Shops, and I'm happy to share this list with you.
The Anglican Church Op Shop on the corner of Cadell Street and Croker Street Goolwa is open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am until 4pm as well as Saturday mornings.
This shop has clothing in all shapes and sizes but seems a particularly good source of brand name jeans. Do people get too big for them? Or maybe too small? Whatever, I recently bought a pair of Jag and a pair of Levis in perfect condition and my perfect fit for $2 each.
Salvage and Save is located at the dump on the main Goolwa to Port Elliot Road. It is a business initiative of Finding Workable Solutions Inc (FWS). Salvaged goods are recycled and sold back to the community. There's a wide range of electrical goods, furniture, building materials, white goods, garden equipment and bric-a-brac.
The Bargain Barn is open daily from 10am until 4pm. It's tiny but bursting with bargains, including, from time to time, antiques and pre-loved items on consignment. I recently bought an eight setting cutlery set with pearl handle knives and cake forks in a solid timber case.
My new, old, 8 person cutlery set with pearl handle knives and cake forks
A pop up Op Shop popped up in Dowdodd Crescent over two years ago, and it's still there. It's run by the Covenant Family Church and it's open each Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
They have lots of furniture and other large items, including, at the moment, a pianola and an oversized toy tiger. There are pictures and mirrors and 'Man Cave' items such timber, tools and kitchen sinks.
The Wildlife Welfare Shop is located in the quaint Havelock House in Hutchinson Street. It's an old stone cottage, dating back to 1870, with china lids decorating the front and side stone walls. Rumour has it a past owner imported crockery from China and the lids were from receptacles broken in transit.
This shop is a treasure trove of crystal glasses and decanters, teacups and teapots, decorative plates and other collectables as well as books and plants. The shop is open 7 days from 10am until 4pm and all proceeds go towards helping injured wildlife.
So many Op Shops, so little time. But I do have a favourite and this is it; The Charity Barn. It's a little way out of Goolwa, at 27 Corio Terrace, in 'the rural area'. I'm not really sure why it holds extra appeal for me. Perhaps because Deanne, the co-organiser, is often nursing an injured possum or tawny frogmouth when I visit. You see The Charity Barn is run by the Alexandrina Wildlife Support Group of which Deanne is Chairperson.