Laura is a freelance writer, tutor & op-shop Queen, living in northern SA.
Published April 25th 2015
Which northern town has seven op shops?
The town of Gawler maintains that country town feel, while still offering many of the resources of the city. That includes some great op shops for those in need of a bit of retail therapy. In fact there are seven op shops!
If you are coming into Gawler from the South, then the first one you will come to is Vinnies, on Adelaide Rd. Opposite the KFC, this store has become well known for the monthly garage sales held in the carpark and rear shed on Saturdays. Inside the store, you will find a great range of clothing, shoes, books and bric a brac.
Gawler Community House Op Shop Scheibner Tce Photo: L. Parsons
Entering Murray St (the main street) on the right hand side at no 41 you will find the Animal Welfare League shop, "Retails". As well as a great selection of clothing and books they stock new pet supplies such as feeding bowls, beds and carry boxes.
At the top end of Murray Street on the left hand side past the traffic lights at Lyndoch Rd there is a Salvos Thrift Store (number 150 Murray St). This shop even sells new whitegoods at bargain prices.
The Corner Shop Uniting Church op shop Photo: L. Parsons
Opposite the Post Office on Tod St is the Lifeline Op Shop. This shop is quite small but well worth a visit. Looking across the roundabout is the Uniting Church Op Shop, "The Corner Shop", opposite the IGA. This small shop is only open Tuesday to Friday but is also worth visiting.
Coming out of the Uniting Church, it is only a hop, skip and jump along Scheibener Tce around the corner to the Gawler Community House Op Shop. The largest one of all the Gawler op shops, it is not to be missed. Entering the store you will find clothing, Manchester and shoes.
Inside is just the tip of the iceberg, don't forget to go out the back door to the huge range of clothing, shoes, books, and bric a brac, all well organised and sorted, too. You will often find plants and furniture outside as well. Shopping is thirsty work and Gawler has a great range of cafes, pubs and bakeries for an op shop pitstop.