I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published April 6th 2013
Have you ever found treasure in the trash?
Spend a day over the water checking out a range of charity and second hand shops interspersed with lunch with a view.
Going on the gateway, Redcliffe Peninsula is less than an hour from Central Brisbane - a very pleasant way to spend a day.
Due to a late start, I didn't get to check out every shop, but I had a great time at the 4 I did visit.
1. St Vinnies at Margate - on Oxley Ave just as you approach the main shopping area.
So beautifully set out that I had to take a second look to be sure it was a 2nd hand shop and not a boutique. As well as the usual clothes, shoes ( 2 pr of stunning stilettos that looked new - Size 8), books and china, it even has a section for wedding and formal dresses and accessories. No rubbish here - all great quality much of it as good as new.
Fabulous furniture in excellent condition - A range of beautiful sofas and lounge suites, a delightful dining setting with tapestry covered chairs, some very nice coffee tables and a lovely old cupboard.
I found 3 charming Roland Harvey children's books that look new at $2.95 each (For my Year 3s), 4 dainty gold trimmed cups and saucers and a wooden spinning top - just what I needed for a historical event I'm organising.
Next I found an Endeavour Foundation Shop.
This is on the same side of the road as St Vinnies but quite a few blocks down (cnr of Chatman St and Oxley Ave).
Once again a huge space, nicely set out. Racks and racks of clothing, DVDs and CDs. A whole alley of books - all in excellent condition. Some great boots and shoes. Here I found crocheted face washers at 50c, a sweet beanie for 50c, new $10 Sportsgirl make up cases at only $1.95 (All perfect for my Christmas Shoeboxes).
One of the things I love about Op Shops is the delightful volunteers mannning the counters. There are generally friendly, helpful and happy to chat. You are likely to get chatting with other customers as well. One told me about more shops just down the road.
Stop 3: Save the Children in Webb St. One block towards the bay. Most shops have a very helpful local map.
This is more an old style Thrift Shop. The footpath was covered in stock and the 2 shops side by side were jam packed with goods, including shelves of pillows and LOTS of crockery at very reasonable prices. Here I found lots of odd plates - 5 of which matched cups and saucers I already own for a mere 50c each.
I also found new little packs of brooches and bracelets for 50c - more shoebox items. These people have Market Monday on the 1st Monday of every month. The ladies arrive at 7am to set out the market so I feel they deserve support. We joked about them getting paid double for their early start. Double nothing is still nothing.
I also wandered through Dolphin Bargain Centre.
There is also a Lifeline but it was closed by this time.
After lunch at Woody Point Village, I noticed a tiny thrift shop near the General Store. This is also a crowded old style thrift shop with friendly staff. Here I purchased a as good as new Eco silk shopping bag for $3 (they retail for $8) and some tiny soaps for the shoeboxes. Here I was promised there was no extra charge for dust. How kind.
What a day. I spent $54 in Thrift Shops and $15 on food, 2 toll fees on the Gateway and petrol. I felt like I'd had a mini holiday after spending time alone doing things I love - great food, bargain shopping and a windy walk by the Bay.