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Published July 14th 2014
Update April 7th 2018
This op shop is no longer operating and closed.
Is it the cheapest second hand shop in Adelaide?
Is the Pre Loved Treasure Op Shop the Least Known Second Hand Shop in Adelaide?
The Pre Loved Treasure Op Shop at The Repat is a little known thrift shop, located on the grounds of the Repatriation and General Hospital in Daw Park.
Despite knowing the area well and passing here often, I was completely unaware that this thrift shop was here. There's no advertising sign or other clue that the Friends of the Repat volunteers run this cheap second hand shop in Adelaide's southern suburbs. While taking photos for my article about Underground Bunkers and Tunnels in Adelaide I actually walked past the op shop before I noticed it.
The Pre Loved Treasure Op Shop stocks pretty much the same as many other second hand shops - cheap shoes and retro clothing, vinyl records, a decent collection of second hand books, glassware and household goods, and quite an assortment of bric a brac.
A Silver Platter & Goblet Set Among the Bric a Brac
It all looked clean and it was cheap. Many items of clothing were priced at only a few dollars, and their 78rpm records cost a dollar, with all proceeds going to the Repat patients and staff. While I didn't notice any antiques there was a sign for collectable precious books, but I didn't look further.
If you're looking for a pre loved teddy bear for you child, there were plenty to choose from and other toys for children are available too. But there is probably a lot more retro clothing for women and paperback second hand books than most other types of things.
There were plenty of surprises too though - a presentation case of silver goblets and a plate (pewter?), quite a variety of art works and prints, and herbs and plants to brighten up your garden.
I enjoy visiting the occasional second hand shop in Adelaide, and will be taking another look at the Pre Loved Treasure Op Shop. After all, it's as much about helping other people as helping yourself, and there was no pressure to buy. It's also not far from the Red Geranium Thrift Shop at Cumberland Park, so you can get two second hand shops in one trip.
Entry to this hard to find thrift shop is from Goodwood Road, just south of the Springbank Road lights. There's even free parking on site outside the shop. I haven't found a Facebook page, but they have an entry on the SA Community page.
There is also a brilliant church op shop on Military Road at Grange, just near the corner of Grange Road. It's only open 10-3 on Friday but it is full of treasures and much cheaper than most op shops. Well worth a visit.