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Published June 18th 2017
Start Grabbing Bargains Today
The idea of op shopping is appealing for so many reasons. Visions come to mind of vintage dresses and retro knick-knacks. All for $1 and all in the first op shop. However, the reality of op shopping can be a little daunting. So many people tell me that they never find anything good, even after searching all day.
This article will solve all your op shopping problems - you don't need a special skill, to be a retro fashionista, or even have a lot of time. I op shop all the time, and in fact, I rarely buy anything that is not from an op shop- I save the other shops, for specific things I need.
Follow these guidelines and you'll be spending next to nothing on heaps of great clothes and having a stack of fun while doing it. Don't forget the added incentives, that all the money you spend is going to a good cause and you're saving clothes from becoming landfill.
Step 1. Location Fishermen zealously guard secret fishing spots - but I'm about to share with you the best places for op shopping, or at least, how to find them near you. In Perth Morley, Maylands, and Kelmscott all have a great 'patch' of op shops.
We all know the big names - Salvos, good Sammies, Anglicare, etc, but my favourite op shop happens to be a tiny church one near my house. They always have great prices and it isn't well known so you have a good chance of finding a shopping haul. Belmont also has several opp shops within walking distance, but the prices often look higher than even the initial price of the new piece. (Had a different experience with these op shop areas? Comment below!)
Step 2. Fit it in If I really need a new pair of good fitting jeans or some essentials, I'll often go to a store. If I'm a more flexible (and you have to be if you ever want to go op shopping) I'll call into some op shops. Make a special trip with some friends, set aside some time to just do it, or call in on your way to somewhere else. For me, the Cannington op shops are often only a slight detour so I'll check through them whenever I'm out that way.
Step 3. Keep an Open Mind This one has two sides. When you're op shopping the clothes are often shoved onto racks by the thousand and can look pretty unappealing. Take it out, have a look at it for what it is. Is it something your mother might have donated or is it quirky, different, and something you could rock?
By the same token, something might stand out to you - in a good way - but be wary of the tricks your mind can play on you - if you're coming up with an elaborate plan of how it could work, you may want to put it back. There's always other things and at the end of the day, even if it's only fifty cents, it might not be worth the closet space. Which Segways nicely into my next tip
Step 5. Level Up Once you're well and truly addicted to finding bargains, or even just moderately obsessed) a Salvos loyalty card will save you a few dollars here and there with credits and surprise sales. They have an up to date system where you don't need to have the card on hand, just provide your mobile number. Couldn't be easier.
It's a bit cliche, but try not to have too many expectations for op shopping - it may or may not be for you, but if you like the idea it can certainly be a load of fun. Comb through and see what jumps out - sometimes it's quirky, sometimes it's on trend things that have hardly been worn.
Don't forget: If you have extra clothes, drop them off at the op shop bins! Hopefully, with these tips, you can embrace op shopping. I have so many fun pieces that are from op shops and there's a lot that I wear almost every day.
Let us know in the comments section down below what are your favourite tips for op shopping? Or what are things to look out for?
when i lost weight through weight watchers, i went OP shopping for all my clothes as I lost weight and changed sizes. It saved me a fortune & i still go occasionally now. Recycle its great.
Some of the small community/church op shops are great bargain places to buy, but the big named op shops are to expensive. Salvo'"s selling glasses for $5 each. I bought new shirts for $7 each from Big W and could have bought these for the same price from the Salvos. Crazy prices, they all should stop dressing their shops up like new retailers and get back to basics. These shops used to be great for hunting out stuff, now they are department stores, and they dump more than they sell.