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Kilsyth Op Shops

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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 September 13th 2019
An opportunity shop mecca
There are three opportunity shops in Kilsyth, all next to each other. All three are huge, the largest op shops that I have ever seen. It is almost a misdemeanour to call them op shops as they are really op shop warehouses.

I visited on a weekday and all three were busy, very busy. Surprisingly they are not in a recognised shopping precinct, but in an industrial area.

Vinnies
Hours. Monday to Saturday: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Sunday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

sign
We are here.

There is the usual range of op shop merchandise and a lot of it. Clothing for all ages, books and CDs, bric-a-brac and almost everything else.

Lounge suite
Lounge suite.

Because of the size a large amount of furniture is displayed, arranged in a manner that you can easily test their comfort.

Dining tables
Some of the dining tables

Rarely seen in op shops are beds. Many have rows of mattresses stacked end on end, but in Vinnies, complete made-up beds are displayed, perhaps tempting those ready to drop after shopping.

Bed
One of the beds throughout the store.

Glassware is a popular op shop item and a discerning collector will not be disappointed here.

Vinnies is the only one of the three that is open on a Sunday.

The Brotherhood of St. Lawrence.

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

sign
You are now here

The middle op shop and also huge. Its wide aisles make for very leisurely browsing, even in busy times.

Op shop interior
A general view.


Op shop interior
Wide aisles

Several dining room table settings were on display as were lounge settings, and many children's toys.

Books
Lounge suite and library.

Bric-a-brac was a feature with many shelves displaying them. Collectors were catered for with a locked display cabinet protecting those items from careless handling.

bric-a-brac
Shelves of bric-a-brac.


Cabinet of collectables
Collectables

There was a section of small electrical appliances as not all op shops accept them.

Salvos.

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

sign
At last.

Also very large and busy. Your every op shop need catered for and then some. Plenty of clothing for everyone from casual wear to formal.

Clothing racks
Something for everybody.

The large premises allow many lounge suites to be displayed, even a couple of leather ones.

Lounge suites
Lounge Suites.

Occasionally you will find musical instruments in op shops, but the Salvos in Kilsyth has an upright piano on display, awaiting for the next musical genius on a budget.

Piano
The piano waiting for a pianist.

Every op shop sells ladies shoes and the Salvos is no exception. A large display of everyday footwear is on offer with boots and handbags

Shoes
Shoes, Boots and bags.

More elegant ladies foot apparel is elegantly displayed on glass shelving, plus some jewellery to go with them.

Shoes
The elegant shoes.


Just before you have shopped till you drop, you can cross Colchester Road to the Kilsyth Club for a replenishing coffee, snack or bistro meal, then back to it.

Visiting all of these op shops you would be forgiven if you thought you were in a department store. It's definitely a go to location for whatever is your op shop needs or desires.
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Where: Kilsyth Op Shops, Corner Colchester & Canterbury Roads. Kilsyth. Melways map: 51 E. 10
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