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Top Op Shopping in Frankston

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of: melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Published October 3rd 2013
Don't be too upset that Savers closed
Oh the disappointment when hearing Savers the Recycle Superstore closed its doors to the public in Frankston just a few weeks ago.

Savers happened to be the mecca of secondhand shopping for locals, with stock distributed over two floors, and organised into departments. Lets not forget their regular 50% off sales each season, attracting a flock of recycled shoppers to the store to pick up half price clothing bargains.

Fear not my fellow recycle shopping fans, Frankston has indeed lost a huge recycled thrifty gem, but there are still plenty of opportunities to shop for a bargain in Melbourne's southern suburb, situated at the tip the Mornington Peninsula.

There are an additional 7 Op Shops, plus a second-hand clothing store located in Frankston, making the journey to the end of the train line a worthwhile visit for any thrifty shopper. Bonus points for those travelling on public transport, all shops are within walking distance to the train station.

Most of the shops listed here are open on Saturdays, but it is worth double checking opening hours with each store if you do decide to visit at the weekend:

1. RSPCA Op Shop
4 Peninsula Walk, Cnr Playne and Young St, T: 9783 5994

Cute charity shop, the traditional kind that any seasonal Op Shopper is familiar with; cheap prices, proper 'vintage', and an opportunity to rummage.

Vintage Egg Cups
Vintage Egg Cups


2. Vinnies Centre
25 Ross Smith Ave. T: 9769 6060

Organised store in the usual Vinnies style, a reasonable clothing variety and great selection of books.

3. Family Life Opportunity Shop
13 Playne Street. T: 9781 1055

One of the newest Op Shops in town, opposite where Savers the Recycle Superstore used to be. Reasonable kid section at the back of the store, and a wardrobe dedicated to 'retro and vintage'.

Family Life Op Shop
Family Life Op Shop - Kid Section


4. Red Cross
13b Thompson St. T: 9770 2355

Shop here for fashion. They get a lot of new and ex-shop stock here. Prices are a little higher than some of the other Op Shops in Frankston, but you can expect to find quality garments.

Red Cross Frankston
Red Cross Frankston


5. St Paul's Anglican Op Shop
29 Ross Smith Avenue. T: 9783 3984

All the familiarity of a Parish run Op Shop raising funds for their connecting church and local community. On the smaller side, but great for a bargain.


6. City Life Op Shop

6 Clyde Street. T: 9770 0385

This is a quite a large store with vast open space making it easy to browse. Prices are good. Items sold behind the glass cabinet are always worth a quick look.

City Life Glass Cabinet
City Life Op Shop Glass Cabinet


7. Salvos
17 Thompson Street. T: 9770 2549

Salvos Frankston
Salvos Frankston


Salvos is one of the biggest Op Shops in Frankston since they've recently expanded to the upper floor. Downstairs you'll find furniture and clothing, upstairs you'll find homewares, bric-a-brac and kids items.

Salvos Frankston
Salvos Frankston

8. Eye Spy Clothing
56-60 Young St. T: 9770 0580

Eye Spy
Eye Spy Frankston


This is not an Op Shop, but a second-hand fashion store selling designer and high street labels. A great selection of original vintage and retro clothes, garments and accessories. If you are a student, you might be able to get yourself a 20% discount in store with a Splash Card (valid till the end of 2013), details here.

If second-hand shopping floats your boat, do take a trip out to Frankston, you can easily spend a day bargain hunting with the best of them. I'm sure you won't leave disappointed.

Family Life Op Shop
Family Life Op Shop Window Display

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Your Comment
My heart stopped when I read this thinking it was the Brunswick store. Still sad to see a Savers close anywhere though.
by third (score: 0|6) 2110 days ago
Frankston's MAJOR problem is their dreadful lack of PARKING!!
If you can access the train, do that. Driving and parking in Frankston is atrocious. If they want visitors, they have to improve parking availability dramatically and quickly.
by fluffynut (score: 2|908) 1404 days ago
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