The hidden gem that is St Veronica's Thrift Store in Highgate Hill is potentially one of the most underrated (and understated) op-shops in Brisbane.
A misleadingly small and adorably decorated shop front modestly displays a rack of sale clothing. The hand-written sign stating "$2" is the only real clue that this is a thrift store. Entering St Veronica's, you will be astonished - as I was - at how large the store is, at how much stock they have and thirdly at how well organised the store is.
Clothing racks are separated into mens, womens and childrens and every rack has several sub-sections according to either price, colour or design. There is a kitchen and home ware section that would keep anyone busy for hours, a corner filled with books that could be a standalone library and a CD rack that sells at $1 a CD - a rare and fantastic find in a second-hand store.
Also, this is the place to go for the largest variety of craft supplies and photo frames in human existence.
Two large pro's of this particular shop are the disguised change-rooms and very friendly staff that make the shopping experience both stress-free and much more personal. Proceeds of sales go to the St Veronica Welfare Committee that provides education and poverty-relief for women and children in developing countries.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 9am until 2pm. A trip to St Veronica's Thrift Store is well-worth it's slightly out-of-the-way location, particularly if you choose to dine at one of the cafe's that nestle around the store.
If all else fails, there's a bottle shop across the road.