I can't, which is how the Bargain Basement at the Salvos in Fyshwick lures me in every time. I have written a few articles about op shops in Canberra such as Canberra's Biggest and Best Op Shops, Queanbeyan Op Shops and Best Op Shops for Kids Toys in Canberra. After exploring all of the different charity shops however, I keep going back to just one. The Salvos at Fyshwick, in my opinion, has it all. It is a huge warehouse (with the smaller Bargain Basement underneath), which sells everything you need and plenty you don't - but you will still think about buying it anyway! As you walk in the front door, the sheer size of the shop is an impressive sight. The staff are friendly, the shop is clean and the bargains are waiting to be discovered. Allow yourself some time to explore this op shop - it's going to take awhile!
The clothing is divided into men's and women's, tops and bottoms and each area is at least a row long. The prices are reasonable, around the $3 - $13 mark, however suits and jackets cost $30 or more. When you first walk in the front door there are also clearance, half price or $2 racks which are a great place to start. When looking through the racks, I am often surprised by the surf and designer labels entwined with the basic brands, for the same cheap price. My only tip is to check that all the zips and buttons are working before you buy, as I have been caught out in the past buying items and getting them home to discover that the zip is broken. Better yet, try them on in the changerooms first if they are for yourself. Most items are in excellent condition and are a great way to find an item of clothing that have been looking for.
They also have an extensive range of evening dresses and if you have kids, it is a good shop to pick up thick winter jackets for cheaper prices than retail. With shoes, handbags and homewares to look at in this main area - who knows what you will find?
At the back of the warehouse is the furniture area which sells everything to furnish your home. There are dining settings, office chairs, wardrobes, couches, coffee tables, display units, desks, white goods and more. Some of the prices can be a little high in this area, so it is a matter of looking at each piece and finding your personal bargain. If you enjoy buying timber furniture and sanding them down and giving them a new lease of life, like I do, then this area has a lot to choose from - with a few treasures hidden amongst the back aisles.
When you walk downstairs from the outside, the Bargain Basement sells the largest range of kids toys that I have seen in any op shop in Canberra. There are toddler ride-on toys, soft toys, board games, books, technology games and plenty of small cars and sandpit toys. Each time I visit this store I find a cheap toy for our daughter or a board game to take home for a rainy weekend. Also in the basement are kitchen plates, utensils, homewares, bags, sports equipment, books, magazines, craft items, baby accessories and more. You are sure to walk out with a bargain - or three!
This Salvos is in a handy location near to Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and if you have kids going to a roller skating party at Skate Nation around the corner, then you can pop in for some shopping while they skate. They are open 9am - 5pm during the week and 9:30am - 3pm on Saturdays, see here for details.
If you are looking for something specific or just looking for a new place to shop, why not check out the Bargain Basement and Salvos Fyshwick warehouse this Saturday. Ensure you allow at least half an hour to have a quick browse and also leave plenty of room in the boot of your car for all your purchases. You'll need it!
Toys big and small in the Bargain Basement - perfect for a rainy day