Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published November 15th 2015
Cause who doesn't love buying random things
If you're an avid op shopper like me, and enjoy sifting through copious amounts of second hand items, homewares, clothing and knick-knacks, the Salvos on Findon Road is an op shoppers delight and haven. Filled with an array of vintage, retro and quirky pieces, you'll instantly be overwhelmed with possibility. Step into a storybook of products.
I'm the type of person who get's a bit carried away in these shops. I see something that may have no use to others, but to me it has purpose "This will come in handy" or "I can use this". Until I buy it, and it sits in my cupboard with no use at all. Oh well, it's the thrill I believe. The thrill of searching and scurrying through items that bare a history and story. I could sit there all day just looking at the small details that encompass each item. Sometimes I leave with nothing, it's all just an experience.
One thing I love about the Salvos in Woodville is the amount of products they have for sale. From clothing to couches, cook-ware, records, books, furniture, and more. You'll be sure to find something! If you're lucky enough, you may even pop in on a sale day, when the items are marked down and cheaper than what they already are! The Salvos is a great place to find unique home items for decor, or for use. Some items are still in their original packaging, and have been kindly donated as is. I once found a Polaroid in great condition, and it was on sale for $12. Now that's a bargain. If you search on eBay for a similar item, you'll definitely be paying more than $12, that's for sure. Buying second hand items shouldn't be 'embarrassing', many people enjoy op shopping and actually turn this into a regular hobby. I'm not saying it doesn't make a difference that the items are cheaper, but it's more than just not having enough money. Also, why not save those pennies anyway. Clothes are expensive and shopping shouldn't be something you HAVE to stop just because you're on a budget.
If you're looking for vintage designer clothing, you may be in luck. Various times I have been fortunate enough to stumble upon some popular brand name pieces such as, Tommy Hilfiger, Country Road, Steve Madden, Tony Bianco and more. You'll be surprised what you can find when you look hard enough. The staff at the Salvos are also extremely friendly and helpful, and are also willing to lend a helping hand if you need asistance carrying bags to the car or taking items to the changing rooms. Overall, you need an hour or more to sift through all the items if you're on a hunt and enjoy op shopping. It's a place you don't want to rush. Happy thrifting!
My extremely warm jacket I purchased from the Salvos in Findon and brought with me to Europe during their Winter! It did an amazing job of keeping me warm and was only $14