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 December 22nd 2015
"I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags, Only Got $20 in My Pocket"
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Salvos store on Magill Road, and let me tell you, it was a nice surprise. The Salvation Army are reputable for their extensive range of donated items, ranging from clothing, furniture, electronics and more. This store was nicely set up and had an impressive array of products on display, including a selection of discounted items.
I was on the hunt for second-hand books, however I decided to explore at my own pace, immersing myself in this thrifter's paradise. I'm continuously searching for second hand shops around Adelaide that provide more than just clothes, and this was thankfully one of them. As I delved into all the preloved items, I stumbled upon a few designer pieces including Ralph Lauren, Mossimo and Country Road. They were all in fairly good condition, and were priced reasonably well at around $10. My budget-conscious self was immediately swayed.
As I bustled through the rows of unique home wares, these retro kitchen items were crying for a home, and I was extremely tempted to purchase them; I reminded myself that I wasn't there to buy kitchen items, and how easy it is to impulse shop. I'll admit I'm one to get a little carried away in an op shop when everything is cheap, and enriched with character.
Moving on, I discovered a couch that got me thinking about ways I'd somehow integrate it into my future home, which of course isn't happening anytime soon. The hardest thing about op shopping is parting with the items. So then again, I found myself walking away, sadly saying goodbye to these beautiful pieces I wish I had the space for. I let my imagination get the better of me for a little while.
Imagining Myself Just Laying Down Reading My Favourite Book With a Cold Glass of Iced Tea.
One thing that I noticed about this store in comparison to the other Salvos locations, is the diverse display of camera and film products adorning two cabinets. These vintage buys are safely kept in an upright vertical storage cabinet to avoid damage and unnecessary tampering. They equally appeared to be in a fair state for their age, with some accompanied by a carry case. The film recorders have always been an interest of mine, as I have made a variation of short artistic films at University. The cameras reserved at the front desk were contemporary and I assume they'd be a lot cheaper than a brand new camera from an ordinary department store.
In summary, this may be the best thrift shop in the Eastern Suburbs for Knick-knacks to suit anyone's means. I noticed a number of people dropping off bags of clothes, and pieces of furniture throughout my visit. In saying that, the store is well maintained and the staff are continuously accepting donations of all kinds, adding more variety for customers. I'll definitely return again, and with more money to spend. After all, you only regret the things you didn't buy.