Op shopping isn't for everyone, but once you begin to do it, you just can't stop. The Salvation Army has been around for so long, and they stock second-hand clothes, books, toys, games, furniture and lots more. It is one of my favourite shopping places to go.
Today I took my brother and sister to the Salvo's. They had some pocket money and they looked around and thought it was cool, you never know what you'll find each time you walk in, you might find a really old board game that was from the 90's or a cool old toy.
I managed to pick up 5 items of really nice clothing for $12. Majority of the items were in great condition, some of the toys were a little bit musty and old but that was okay, there was so many to choose from and some pretty cool ones that you wouldn't be able to find in shops like K-mart or Big W.
My sister found a cute One Direction t-shirt that was only $3 when normally they are more expensive than that; she decided to buy it and was happy that it was such a low price.
They also found some cool toys and an old board game called "Trio Bond" that we had never seen before, but looked interesting.
Op shopping is really great for the kids, they get to learn that in life there is always ways of getting things for a bit cheaper and even if it is second hand, you can always go home and give it a wash or a rinse if you really have to, and you may even get a small discount if there is a stain or a rip in a piece of clothing. In fact, my brother bought a Bart Simpson plush toy and there was a small rip in the leg, the lady took two dollars off the price only making him $3 which was nice.
My brother and sister refer to the Salvo's as" a big garage sale". They really love and enjoy going there every few weeks to see what new goodies they have in store. I have also explained to them that the Salvo's donate money to poor people and that is why it is good to shop there. When we got home, we went through their rooms and found some old junk they did not want and we put it in a donation bag to bring to the Salvo's next time we go there.
My sisters comment about the Salvo's, "It was really big, awesome and really great place to find different toys and clothes and books. I want to come here every month and see what new things come out."
My brother says, "I love going there because there are so many cool things to look at and buy. It is also really cheap."
Teach your kids op shopping at an early age, they'll love it. It will also teach them to use their money wisely and be kind hearted towards charities. Kids that shop at op shops from an early age tend to be less snobby and brat like as they grow up. That's why my brother and sister are not bratty and do not expect to shop at lavish stores. If something is second hand, it's cheap and it's in good condition, they will buy it. They aren't like some kids that just need to have something brand new. We even found a cool Bart Simpson lamp for my brother's room once for only $6, and it worked and he loved it.
Check out your local Salvo's today, they are all over Victoria. The one we went to was the Noble Park Salvo's but all of them are different and will have different items. Not all of them stock furniture or appliances.