For a fun twist on the same old chain stores that you find in every shopping centre in Australia, why not check out some of your local op shops? If this seems daunting and out of your usual comfort zone, then the crew at Melbourne Op Shop Tours might be able to help! Check out their website here.
The tour leaders are very friendly and helpful, and are there to make sure that you find what you came for. Whether it is a gorgeous vintage dress or cheap second hand books you're after – they will help you hunt it down.
Tours are run mostly on weekends, depending on demand, through various suburbs throughout Melbourne. It's not only a great way to shop, but also a way to explore an unfamiliar part of the city.
The tour operators also stop for brunch/lunch (depending on the time of your tour), so that you can revitalise and recharge. If you've never considered op-shopping before, this is a great way to get your toes wet. You might just be surprised at what you find – I guarantee there is more waiting for you than old grandpa cardigans and disastrous 80's gowns.