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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 July 10th 2019
There are only two, but too good to miss
Heathmont Opportunity Shops.

Villa.
A Villa Maria Opportunity Shop.
184 Canterbury Road,
Heathmont.

Melways map: 50 B.12.

Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Saturday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.


Shop front
The Villa shop.


A small shop in the middle of the Heathmont shopping strip. It has a good range of ladies, men's and children's clothes, shoes, toys, bric a brac plus lots more.

Racks of clothing
One of the many clothing racks.


Op shop interior
Glassware & bric-a-brac.


They have regular 'themes'. On my visit, the theme was "The Teddy Bear's Picnic," which was a good reason to highlight the twenty-odd teddy bears waiting to be adopted.

Teddy bears.
Ready for the picnic.


Teddy bear.
The big bear looking after the wool cup cakes.


The volunteer staff there were all very friendly and good for a chat and justifiably proud of their theme displays.

Op shop interior
The friendly staff at work.


While I was there a customer came in to see if any green glassware had been donated. Green glassware is one of many items or themes that some people collect. For any collectors of 'quirky' items, regular visits to op shops would be beneficial.

A small shop, but big on service with a smile.


Heathmont Inter-Church Help.
136 Canterbury Road,
Heathmont.

Melways Map. 50. B12.

Hours: Weekdays 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.


shop sign
We are here.

The Heathmont Inter Church Help (H.I.C.H.) is a combined welfare organisation of Heathmont Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian and Uniting Churches. They combined in 1991 to set up the op shop which opened in 1992.

Op shop interior
Some of the clothing.

As you walk in along a narrow passage the shop opens up to a bright and airy display. The rear of the shop has windows for its full width which gives it the bright appearance.

Glassware
Lots of glassware.


Books in shelves.
Books and CDs

All the usual op shop merchandise is available. Many racks of clothing, plenty of nic-nacs, crockery, glassware, books, CDs and even teddy bears.

Nic-nacs
A cabinet of nic-nacs.


Op shop interior
The crockery & bears.

An additional aspect of this op shop is a food bank, supporting Centrelink clients who need assistance in putting food on their table.

The food shelves
The food shelves.

As with most op shops I have visited the volunteer staff are always friendly and good for a chat, a decided benefit of being a volunteer.

Op shop interior
The front counter and beyond.


The two Heathmont opportunity shops are within an easy walking distance and with the many eateries and other speciality shops, a morning visit or afternoon visit to the shopping strip would be fulfilling.
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An interesting article Neil. I like the concept of themed displays. I shall suggest that to our opshops here at home.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 3 days ago
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