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Maybe We've Got It Op Shop

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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 June 18th 2019
You can teach an old fence new tricks
Coldstream's only Op Shop.

North Gateway,
Off Maroondah Highway.

Melways: Map 281 B.9.

Open. Monday to Friday.

op shop sign
The name says it all.

The name of this op shop is "Maybe We've Got It." John, who runs the shop explained that the name came about as the answer he gave to telephone requests inquiring if certain items were in stock.

Op shop exterior
The shop front.

The shop is one in a strip of shops just inside the Coldstream housing estate. An "A" frame sign on the Maroondah Highway alerts passing traffic that it is open, otherwise you would miss it.

The Maroondah Highway sign with the strip of shops in the background.

Once you enter this shop your first impression is that it is a most appropriate name as the very narrow aisles are choc-a-bloc with merchandise. Whatever you want, they may have it.

Op shop interior
One of the clothing racks. CDs at the back.

It is only a small shop but although everything is tightly packed, it is accessible. All the usual op shop merchandise is available, such as clothes, books, glassware, nic-nacs and bric-a-brac.

Op shop books
The library section.

A good range of bags of all sizes are displayed with the price tag of only $3-00 each.

A bag for every occasion.

Most of the smaller op shops have a footpath display, and Maybe We've Got It is no exception, except their display is dominated by recycled paling fence products.

Op shop exterior
The footpath display.

Closer inspection of the external display reveals old fence palings recycled into planter boxes, bird feeders and nesting boxes, banana cases and firewood.

Paling fence products
A close look at the recycled palings.

At the rear of the shop you may hear the distant buzz of a saw and the banging of a nail gun. Closer inspection sees John at work making those recycled objects, almost surrounded by stacks of old paling fences.

John at work on bird seeder production.

It's recycling at its best. All the merchandise inside the store could be called recycled goods while out back John is recycling old fences. In the past fence palings would probably have ended in landfill.

Op shop interior
Another row of goods.

The shop supports several local charities.

If you are after something, call in, the chances are they'll have it, or maybe John could make it for you.

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Why? Great value shopping at Coldstream
Where: North Gateway, Coldstream, off Maroondah Highway.
Your Comment
Imagine putting that footpath display out every day! It looks like a place you could lose yourself in. Worth the trip to Coldstream.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8098) 722 days ago
Great article and love the name of the op shop. The no nonsense way of saying serendipitous.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6049) 727 days ago
What are the opshop's opening hours?
by charm (score: 0|2) 727 days ago
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