We all know that op shops help those less fortunate than ourselves and also give us an opportunity to get great bargains. It's is a win win situation. Who doesn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing we are recycling, helping others and reducing our carbon footprint?
So how do you get an even bigger bargain without feeling like you are ripping off a charity? Simple; take advantage of their own sales and special promotions.
Many op shops have special promotions or sale days to keep their stock moving. This helps them rotate their stock so we are always seeing new items and they have room for fresh donations.
Here are some of the specials often seen at op shops:
Salvos Stores use a colour code system to rotate their stock. For example this week may be blue week where all blue-tagged items are 50% off. Posters let you know which colour is on sale this week. Some stores have a clearance rack too.
Pension days. Salvos and other stores have special discounts for pensioners. Students get 20% off on Wednesdays and Health Care Card holders get 20% off on Tuesdays.
Fill a bag. Many ops shop have a "fill a bag" promotion. This may be just for particular items such as clothing or books or it may be across the store. Either way it's a great way to save and you will be amazed at how much you can squeeze into a good-sized carry bag.
Op Shop Tours. Organisers have negotiated special discounts only available to those on the tour and you get chauffer driven to some stores you may not have known about. Op shops are a great place to buy off-season items which are often marked down.
Goodwill and some other stores have loyalty cards. By spending as little as $10 you can get your card stamped to redeem it for substantial discounts when it is filled.
Sale days. Savers will occasionally have 50% off days. Check their website for dates and locations. Make a donation and have your loyalty card stamped too.
Sadly, you might even find an op shop having a closing down sale where everything is at give away prices.