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Six Goolwa Op Shops You Need in Your Repertoire

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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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.

Anglican Church Op Shop
Anglican Church Op Shop


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.

Clothes in every size
Clothes in every size


The Anglican Church Op Shop is my main source of knitting needles and glass jars and I love looking through the glass-fronted 'treasure chest' where more valuable trinkets are displayed.

Knitting needles and the 'treasure chest'
Knitting needles and the 'treasure chest'


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.

Salvage and Save, Goolwa
Salvage and Save, Goolwa


My treasured find last visit was a rosy gold champagne glass. I plan to glue a pretty glass plate on top and use it as pedestal plate at my high tea parties.

A rosy gold champagne glass
A rosy gold champagne glass


Tucked away behind the Wood Fired Pizza shop on Cadell Street, the main street of Goolwa, is The Bargain Barn.

The Bargain Barn, Goolwa
The Bargain Barn, Goolwa


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
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.

Pop Up Op Shop in Dowdodd Crescent
Pop Up Op Shop in Dowdodd Crescent


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.

The Wildlife Welfare Shop
The Wildlife Welfare Shop


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.

A treasure trove
A treasure trove


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.

Charity Barn, Goolwa
The Charity Barn, Goolwa


They often have stock from deceased estates and whole house clearances resulting in large furniture and household items and sometimes antiques.

Inside The Charity Barn
Inside The Charity Barn


Since I am a big fan of High Tea Parties, I'm always on the look out for new china tea sets, teapots, teas strainers and pretty plates. And here, from The Charity Barn, is my latest acquisition.

My new teacup and saucer
My new teacup and saucer


How many Op Shops in your repertoire?

Why not check my list of Op Shops in Victor Harbor here?
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Why? Your money goes to a good cause and you get a bargain
When: Opening hours vary
Where: Various shops around Goolwa
Cost: Bargain prices
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