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Top Tips for Shopping at Op Shops

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Published May 27th 2013
Get Smart When Shopping
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Never know what you'll find


Op shopping is fun, cheap and great when you need to redo your wardrobe but there are a few tips that you should take with you when going into an op shop to make sure you don't get ripped off or tricked.

If you see something that looks really amazing, but it's a low price such as $2, then have an overall look at it. If you see a stunning brand new looking jacket and it's only $2 then there must be a button missing or a stain. People don't tag items for that cheap when they are brand new.

If you see something that is stained, ripped or faded then don't be afraid to ask the cashier if you could get it for a few dollars cheaper. I do this all the time when I find a nice shirt but it's missing a button or there's a stain, I also remind the cashier that I will need to spend more money on fixing it, therefore they should take at least half off or a few dollars.

Remember that all clothes at the op shop are probably not washed, some people who donate stuff are responsible enough to give it a clean before they hand it over but others will throw away old, unclean clothes. Wash all the clothes that you purchase.

Know your prices, sometimes op shop prices can be higher than brand new prices. It can be dodgy, but make sure if you're willing to spend $10 on a second hand shirt, ask yourself if you could find something similar to it and brand new in the store.

When purchasing bric-a-brac items like photo frames, ornaments and little statues always look for chips, marks and dents. The amount of magnets and little ornaments I have bought that I had to return cos I found a missing piece of a heavy chip in it is way too high.

Don't feel too bummed out if you don't find good stuff the first time you go, op shops bring out new clothes and stuff everyday or at least once a week, so sooner or later you will find something that suits you.
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Why? Keep smart when shopping at second hand stores
Where: Second hand stores like Salvos, Savers, Vinnies.
Your Comment
Interesting article for us rummagers.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5878) 2560 days ago
Where are the best places to find op shops in Melbourne?
by guada (score: 0|2) 2556 days ago
Please don't forget that op shops are charity organisations, so don't be too stingy with your shopping approach - the money goes to people who need help far more than you need photo frames, ornaments and little statues !
by g_h_s (score: 0|2) 2556 days ago
Opshops donate to Charity! I suggest you shop elsewhere if you are not prepared to accept items as they are, regardless of chips, marks, buttons off etc.
It is not very charitable to try and beat the price down when the money is helping those in need! Happy Opshopper!
by Roswo (score: 0|6) 2555 days ago
Op-shops are wonderful because they are cheap to start with, support charities and you simply never know what you'll find. Check for tears, stains, missing buttons, chips n cracks by all means... but a discount? I don't think so. Items are pre-loved and therefore often not perfect; that's op-shopping. And if I bought something then discovered a flaw - the only way I'd return it might be to donate it back. (My own fault for not checking properly.)

Lastly, the article lists the big names, fine... bargain-hunters, please don't forget those little, tucked away gems that support smaller but equally worthy causes. They really need your dollar and your volunteering time.
by sharo (score: 0|2) 2552 days ago
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