If you're ever in Maleny Village and op shopping is your thing, you're in the right spot for a day of bargains. You may find that certain item you need or want, or something unique. I visit these op shops regularly and they are friendly spaces, well stocked with affordable recycled goods, and support people and families in the local community.
The Salvation Army Family Store is a large church based op shop. Their profits go to families in need in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area around Maleny.
This op shop is my favourite - not only because of the pleasant demeanour of the manager welcoming you with a cheerful ''Hello!" as soon as you enter the door, but because I've found cheap priced, practical items in good condition such as cups, cookware, and cutlery.
Furniture and items for home decor
This store is always packed floor to ceiling with furniture neatly arranged on the shop floor. There are dressing tables, bookshelves, mattresses, beds, lamps, dining tables, and large-scale artwork on offer. If you like upcycling clothing, racks of vintage, retro, or modern clothing stand between shelves of books, old records, haberdashery, curtains, and bed linen. On random days, there are 50% off sales, usually for clothing.
Racks of clothing to sort through
Bloomhill Op Shop raises money for people with cancer and their families on the Sunshine Coast. This is a small cosy store, with friendly volunteers and a quaint old timely feel.
On display are antique or old charming china sets, crystal ware, linen, handmade crotched doilies, bakeware, kitchen appliances, bric-a-brac, and good quality clothing for children and adults. They have a small collection of books, and do not sell furniture. This is where I usually go to buy big mason jars for preserving, jams, and linen clothing.
The Lifeline Op Shop raises money for crisis counseling and suicide support and is lively and bright.
Bric-a-brac, bags and accessories
There are two floors, one for pre-loved clothing, accessories, and a medley of decorative things for the home, musical instruments, and jewellery.
Upstairs, you'll find wall-length shelves of books, rugs, woollen blankets, and curtains and homewares. This is where I look for old classic books and anticipate finding something quirky or offbeat.
Here are the locations for these stores. They are each within about a two-minute walk of each other in Maleny.
Salvation Army Family Store
4/5 Riverside Centre
4 Maple St
Bloomhill Op Shop
17 Maple St
Lifeline Op Shop
Shop 10/43 Maple St