I live in Nambour in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Published July 4th 2020
Sunshine Coast hinterland's op shop heaven
Retro loving Nambour welcomes you. Author photo
Nambour is a sweet little town that's had more than its fair share of setbacks, with a succession of industries closing or moving out. One industry that's thriving, though, is op shops. Nambour is a town that loves its retro and is a thrifter's heaven.
Vinnies Nambour. Author photo
Let's start with Howard Street, the Rodeo Drive of preloved retail.
First up is Vinnies, at 14-22 Howard St. A good-sized store with a bright, clean layout and well-curated stock including furniture. Vinnies supports services to the needy. The shop doesn't have an individual website, but you can call them on 5476 2942.
Next down the street is Helping Children Smile at number 33. This is the only store for this Sunshine Coast based charity, and supports a medical mission of local hospital staff, who visit the Philippines to repair facial deformities in children.
A smiling welcome at Helping Children Smile. Author photo
While you're in that part of Howard Street, pop in and say hello to Vicki at Mr Beesley's Vintage, and Lee at Backbeat Records, two excellent commercial vintage stores.
Op shop neighbours opposite each other. Author photo
Heading on past Nambour Plaza, you come to Neighbours' Aid at number 99, a huge op shop well worth exploring. They have a good range of furniture, clothes and bric a brac. Most clothing is priced by type, with special garments having individual price tags. They have an off-street parking lot. Neighbours' Aid supports children in poorer countries. Phone them on 5441 4150. https://www.facebook.com/NeighboursAidNambour/
Across the road is AUS Living Support at 102 Howard Street. This is a local charity which supports transitional housing services for the homeless. It's another huge shop with a good range of stock including furniture. Phone 0401720082. https://www.facebook.com/auslivingsupport/
Phew. Time for a break? Nambour has some excellent cafes with world-class, coffee, so why not try one out at this point?
Salvos Family Store, Nambour. Author photo
Now it's off to Currie Street. Up the hill at number 163 is the Salvos Family Store. Following the Salvos model, it has some new items as well as a good range of second-hand. At the risk of never getting any more for myself again, I advise trying the yummy tomato relish made by one of the volunteers. Local honey is also available. Phone 5441 6458.
ADRA and beyond that, GPAI Creative. Author photo
Head back down the street to number 79, ADRA Op Shop. ADRA is a Christian charity supporting a wide range of projects in Australia and internationally.
While in that area, check out GPAI Creative at number 89, which is not an op shop, but a 'Social Enterprise Creative Co-operative' supporting and training Disability Students in Retail, Business and Creativity whilst providing financial support for Golf Programs Australia Incorporated. Phone 5476 0365. https://www.facebook.com/GPAICreative/
It's time to load all those goodies into the car and head on up the hill to Bloomhill Op Shop, across the road from Nambour Hospital at 56 Hospital Road, phone 5476 1779. This op shop supports the work of Bloomhill Cancer Care. It sells furniture as well as clothing and bric a brac.
There is a council car park behind the shopping strip, accessible via the driveway on Hospital Rd. https://www.facebook.com/groups/794866490719431/
Next head down National Park Road to number 22, Sanctuary Park Drop-in and Op Shop. This is only open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am to 3pm. Besides the op shop, it offers a cuppa and sweet treat for a gold coin donation, as well as workshops. https://www.facebook.com/spcofcnDropinOpShop/
Everything in this photo came from op shops. Author photo
Finally, go home and enjoy your beautiful op shop treasures, knowing you've helped charities, helped the environment, and saved heaps of money!