In a small complex of mum-and-pop stores, whose shabby, abandoned exteriors still belie the once glory days I'm sure favoured them before the Woolworths and Coles of the world took over, and behind a tiny doctors office sits Another Chance Op Shop.
Although not a hard place to find - my GPS-led journey from the south of Canberra to Scullin was painless - the location has a unique shabbiness that both confuses and enhances the shopping experience.
There isn't much to say about the layout as it is such a small store. After opening the first door you are welcomed by an outer area that holds mostly books and a few bits and pieces of house and kitchenware, the second door opens straight onto the counter. The glass cabinet of the counter holds some truly beautiful pieces, including a faux fur stole and pearl necklace that I couldn't resist. The counter area is worth a long peruse as the jewellery is both unique and, in most cases, genuine, and genuinely under priced.
The main area of the shop is the usual racks and stands of clothes and shoes and is small enough to make it straightforward to find your desired sizes and styles. Off to the side there is a curtain hiding the change room, which is wonderfully secluded and spacious.
As it is a small store there is not an overwhelming amount of stock, I found women's blouses were particularly sparse. I purchased several skirts and found them all to be of tough, quality material and all beautifully unique. I would only warn to double check the zipper tracks as a few items I picked up did not want to co-ordinate.
Although the day I went was during National Op Shop Week, so near to everything in the store was half price, Another Chance is one of the lower priced thrift stores in Canberra in general with my total spending coming to $19.50 for three skirts, two scarves, the stole, pearl necklace and a pair of black and white tartan patterned peep-toe kitten heels.