An amateur writer living in Sydney Upper North Shore, I love taking photos, exploring my local area and neighbourhood, discovering new places and sharing my good finds with family, friends and all of you.
Op-shopping in Australia is huge, especially, in this fast moving, easy buying easily bored regime that the majority of us are experiencing. When we want something new, we often toss the old ones and that is the catch, like the old saying "One person's trash is another person's treasure". It is so true.
Personally, I really enjoy the activity of op shopping as I find it fun and exciting not knowing what I am going to find in store, so I am constantly looking for a good place that I can find interesting bits and pieces for my craft or decorate my home.
As the result of my great op shops hunting, I have come up with a list of the top three shops around the Hornsby area with each shop having its own unique character. One can easily do a half day op shop trail on Saturday morning if you like.
Mission Op Shop has many stuffs but everything looks a little bit all over the place. Maybe they have too many things coming in and they can't keep up with selecting and sorting items for sale. However, you can always pick up good vintage items with enough time and a good eye for detail then this is the place for you. The shop is big on all things vintage including sewing gadgets, dress making patterns, picture frames, pots & pans and furniture. Some of the items in this shop can really take you right back to your childhood memories with prices starting from 50 cents.
This truly is the classic op shop. Hornsby Salvos has a great range of items which are not that old, probably due to their ex-owners lack of interest or requirement. The shop is very well organised making it easier for you to browse each section easily.
My favourite section here has to be the book section. They have many relatively new books from travelling, recipes, self-help books to children books. Prices are dirt cheap for the quality of the books on offer, for example, the Lonely Planet France for $1.50! Adult reading books start at $1.50 for soft cover or you may purchase 10 for $10 and children's books are $1 or any 10 for $5.
In general, the goods on offer in the shop are ever changing in all sections so you will see different items each time you visit.
Trading Hours: Weekdays 9.30am–3pm
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month 9.30am–12.30pm
The Curiosity Shop caters for the antique and vintage collectors amongst us. You can take time to browse through the shop as it carries variety of old wares. If you are a collector and looking for correctable items then this could be the place for you. Prices range from 50c to $50 and one rarely sees anything in excess of $50. The shop keeper is a friendly old man, pictured in the image above, who has been working here for 15 years and tends to give a bit of discount.