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Published August 4th 2014
Op Shopping has long been regarded as a cheap hobby, a way to save money scrounging through others people discarded junk.
Now don't get me wrong, I see absolutely nothing wrong with this option, but for many Op shopping now has an added glamour side to it.
Piles of junk have been replaced by 1920's glamour, underwear converted to burlesque outfits, electronics that have gone from old to retro.
Modern day op shoppers may well now be an entirely different breed of people, those that love to dress up to the nines and go in search of old time decadence.
Whether the Op Shop is elegantly laid out and designed so well that you would think you were in a boutique rather than an Op shop or whether the styles are more Gatsby than flea markets, we would love to hear your hidden secrets.
Where do you go to rekindle the romance of the past? Where are you treated so warmly you'd think you were in the fashionable laneways of gay Paris, rather than a second hand store?
What hidden treasures have you discovered around Melbourne that you could share with us?
Please add your notes in the comments section on this article to share with us.
To get the ball rolling, here's a few of my lovely little secret (and not so secret) glamorous Op Shop spots:
A lovely facebook page where all things secondhand that are vintage and retro are listed.
Vintage Tommy Hilfiger at Vintage and retro
If online is more your style than actually getting out and about you may enjoy the Vintage Marketplace.
Smith St is filled with lovely retro op shops, last time I was there I was a little shocked at how much the prices had escalated, but there's still always something wonderful to discover.
RetroStar is always filled with amazing pieces, see what Natasha has to share here.
The Mill markets in Geelong and Daylesford are some of my favourite places to visit when travelling and while away an afternoon, they even have retro style cafes now.
See what Nadine has to say about them here.
Martin Fella Vintage is a beautiful little shop I agree. I really enjoy visiting Hunter Gatherer stores - Brotherhood of St Laurence's upper market vintage shops selling a selection of beautiful vintage clothing that is put aside from donations across all BSL stores. There is a small one in Royal Arcade in the CBD, and a larger store in Fitzroy.
St. Vinnies in Hawthorn on Auburn Road just up from The Riversdale Hotel has endless glamour. Brand name clothing, home decor, books, you name it they have it. The prices are very reasonable, its not the cheapest Op shop but its certainly not one of the expensive Op shops either. My teenage daughter took her private school friends on an eye opening shopping trip to this Op Shop. I guarantee you will find something to fall in love with and walk away smiling :-)
I would draw the distinction between Op Shops (run by a charity) & Vintage Markets, by far the best value of these in the metropolitan area is the Waverley Antiques & Collectibles Bazaar, in Aristoc Rd, Glen Waverley, over 200 stalls. A wider range & better value than other vintage shops & even most op shops. Open 7 days per week -10am-5pm