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Published October 14th 2015
More than an op shop, this is an op boutique
There is something peculiar about secondhand shopping - all those bargains, quirky items and vintage clothing waiting to be owned and loved again by someone. However, thrift shopping also has a downside - moth ball smells, disorganised stock and sometimes that unglamorous and almost neglected feel some stores can have.
Throughout the last few years, Salvos Stores has opened its eyes and really lifted their game, paying attention to every little detail, from displays to seasonal stock rotation, window dressing and regular sales across all their stores, transforming thrift shopping into an enjoyable experience.
The cool and seasonal window merchandise makes it hard to miss and once you enter, it is hard to "just have a quick look". The interior is spacious and has a real edgy industrial feel with polished concrete floors, exposed brick walls, timber shelving and perfectly organised stock.
On the right side, you will find ladies clothing, anything from vintage to semi new or never worn items, shoes, boots, handbags, blouses, quirky jackets and accessories, and of course clearance racks!
The left side hosts a great variety of men's clothing, suits, vintage items, vinyl records, sports goods and collectible objects.
Once you have browsed through the clothing, keep walking and take a look at their furniture section. You will find vintage wares, practical furniture, ethnic home wares and décor. Why not give your home or office a unique touch with something you would never find in regular shops!
Salvos Op Shop, Chapel Street has $2 Mondays, 50% different coloured stickers daily and 20% off Tuesdays for Pensioners and Health Care card holders and 20% off for students every Wednesday, so whomever you are you have the chance to grab a bargain!
So if you happen to be in Melbourne for a visit or you live there and enjoy the thrills of second hand bargain hunting, visit the Salvos Store on Chapel Street, Windsor and buy something unique, affordable and contribute to a greater cause!
Those bookshelves look inviting. I'm a big fan of op shops. Over the long years of my business life I have bought the majority of my business suits in op shops and the savings will be in the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. I have never felt second hand and have been able to have suits I would not otherwise afford.