From time to time new op shops open their doors to the hunter-gatherers of Melbourne. One such store has recently marked its territory in the second-hand shopping strip found along Chapel Street's Windsor end, the glorious little Pop Up Op Shop.
This little store, filled with vintage treasures and recycled loveliness, gives off a good vibe throughout its three rooms. It has a unique personality that engages customers, attracts new shoppers, and brings former shoppers back.
A typical op shop would display clothing pieces in cardboard boxes ready for a rummage, or draped on makeshift racks with a mixture of wire/plastic hangers. Not so for the Pop Up Op Shop, where you can remarkably find clothing not only arranged by size, but also displayed on neat wooden hangers.
It is common knowledge that op shops raise funds for various charities and the Pop Up Op Shop is no exception, raising much needed funds for the Shekinah network, providing accommodation and support services to homeless people across Victoria. More on the Shekinah network can be found here.
Whilst I recommend a visit to the Pop Up Op Shop for anyone
with the love of pre-loved, be aware that as the name Pop Up suggests, the store will be closing, at this stage toward the end of the year. Fear not if you do not get to visit prior to closure, staff are underway to find a suitable second venue, which they hope will remain in the vicinity.