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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 January 21st 2019
Shop till you drop, get up and start again

Anglicare, the Treasure Chest.
24 John Street. Hours: 9am - 4pm Mon. to Fri.

Op Shop
Anglicare's Shop Front

Despite its small frontage, there is depth to this op-shop. It is clean and bright and has a good range of the usual opportunity shop merchandise. Even though I didn't purchase anything all the staff were friendly and chatty.

A bit of everything at Anglicare,.

has another outlet at unit 3, Brock Industrial Drive, off Melba Avenue, which runs past the Lilydale High School. This unit specialises in furniture.

Some of the furniture in the showroom.

"At Anglicare Victoria, the focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults." Their work is based on three guiding pillars, Prevent, Protect, and Empower. This is how the funds from the op shop are used.

The Mustard Tree Op Shop and Café.
3/28 John Street. Hours: Mon. to Fri. 10am – 3pm. Sat. 10am – 1pm

The sign above the entrance.

Despite it's almost out of the way location, The Mustard Tree is the busiest op shop I have visited. It is unique in that it has a café and a good one at that. The cafe has a good range of light meals and snacks and I can vouch for their coffee, all at very reasonable prices. $3.00 for a toasted cheese sandwich and $2.00 for a bottle of water.

Menu board
The cafe menu board showing their reasonable prices.

They also have a very large range of the usual op shop merchandise and a steady stream of customers.

Racks of clothes to fit all sizes.

The Mustard Tree is run by the Baptist Church and their main charitable work is operating a food bank.

The front desk and happy volunteers at The Mustard Tree.

Lilydale Assist Op Shop.
19 Hutchison Street. Hours: Mon to Fri 10am – 4pm. Sat. 10am –

Shop front
Lilydale Assist's op shop.

Not a large shop, but a good range of merchandise. Lilydale Assist is a voluntary organisation which provides free, confidential, impartial and independent service of community information. Their op shop helps to finance these services.

Shop interior
The compact display at Lilydale Assist.

250 Main Street.
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 5pm. Sat. 9am – 2pm

Shop front
Vinnies Main Street shop front.

Vinnies are the op shops operated by the Vincent de Paul Society, the charitable arm of the Catholic Church.

Op shop display
Part of Vinnies window display.

This one is not huge, has a very non-cluttered feel to it, but still manages to display a large range of goods.

A large display of small items.

230-232 Main Street.
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9.30am – 5.30pm. Sat. 9am – 5pm.

The Salvos street sign.

This is the largest of Lilydale's op shops and has a good range of most op shop goodies. Their book section is quite extensive and most of the books are in mint condition.

The extensive book section.

The staple fare of op shops - clothes.

The overwhelming impression I gained from my visits to all these op shops is that they are all desperately in need of more volunteers. More volunteers mean they can open longer, sell more goods and serve the needy in our community better.

If you are an op shop junky, Lilydale is the place for you. All are in walking distance of each other and a couple of hours could easily be spent checking them all out, or two and a half hours if you stop at the Mustard Tree for a coffee.
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