Second hand stores sell pre-loved items that people do not want anymore, and have donated them to the store. A second hand store may be a big popular business such as Savers or Salvation Army or it may be a small independent store.
Reason 1: One person's trash is another person's treasure, you can find stuff at op shops that you would never dream about. You never know what people are going to donate, a really old book could come in that you've always wanted but couldn't find it anywhere. It's all a matter of luck.
Reason 2: Op shops are always pretty cheap. You can pick up around 6 or so items of clothing for around $15. Lots of their little knick knacks and toys are really low priced toy, around $5 and under it depends where you go. I once went to an op shop that was selling toddler toys (Fisher Price and Lamaze) each item was either $1 or $2.
Reason 3: Some op shops like to have regular sales, so what is already cheap just got cheaper when there's a sale.
Reason 4: Ever heard of bargain bins? These are great because they usually have a sign saying "everything 50 cents" and everything in the basket is that price so you don't have to keep looking for the price tag.
Reason 5: You're supporting the business by shopping at independent op shops. They really need the money, and they're putting everything at a low price to help out the community who cannot afford full price items.
Reason 6: Best place to buy furniture. Yes, it may be old and second-hand but they won't be trying to sell you an old ripped up arm chair for $50, that's for sure. You can buy lounge room couches for under $250 at most op shops. If you're moving house, it's probably worth looking in an op shop for new furniture.
Reason 7: Children's clothing and toys at such a low cost. If you have children, buying them full price items like clothes, toys to play with, blankets for their beds and everything in between can get so costly. At op shops they have all those things that you can get for really cheap. In fact, I was at an op shop today that had a big trolley full of kids size 0-3 clothing for 50 cents each.
Op shopping is one of my favourite things to do, especially on the weekend. Op shops are generally quiet, and do not have a large amount of customers in at one time so you know you'll be able to shop in peace.
I used to volunteer at an OP shop that sent all of its earning to charity. I think that is an amazing idea. I love OP shopping too! You can find a lot of cute and vintage items for a very cheap price. Love it! Awesome article. :)