Episode two of An Op Shop Tour of Canberra took me to Colbee Court and the Vinnies store that resides there tucked between the last Video Ezy store and the iSpin Aerial Dance Academy.
As one of the smaller thrift shops in Canberra, I really expected it to be an in-and-out visit. That was, of course, until I discovered they were having a 50% off store wide sale.
The layout of this Vinnies is a little confusing until you get your bearings. The store was packed with eager shoppers on the day I chose to go and the proximity of the aisles to each other did stymie the foot traffic a little. Primarily women's clothing for the first few aisles, this breaks way to children's and menswear a little further on. The back wall is shoes, handbags and various accessories, while the opposite wall leading away from the counter is glass homewares.
Following through to the separate room at the back of the shop, you will find books, childrens games and some more bits and pieces, as well as some items of larger furniture.
The variety of games and toys suitable for the kids is very good and there were quite a few families in there scooping up the bargains. Ultimately, things were a little all over the place - though this may have been due to the number of people sifting through the products.
Though it is a small store, the quantity of products becomes apparent after a second or third sweep of the store, when you start to notice the little bits and pieces hidden behind other stock or on cramped shelves and not readily apparent to the naked eye (for example, the drinking glasses with playing cards on the side that didn't manage to catch my eye until my third walk past the stand they were on)
As far as quality goes, this Vinnies has always been a favourite of mine for scoring shoes that are both in near-new condition and very affordable. The quality of the homewares, I noted was also very good for the pricing and there were some incredibly beautiful crystal decanters behind the counter that were very, very tempting!
The price range generally was very reasonable with the most expensive item I purchased being a grey double buttoned Valley Girl coat in near new condition for $20 (full price). The half price sale was only on for that week, however there is a regular clear out they hold to move older seasonal stock.
All together, I managed to bag three shirts, a jumper, a pair of red skinny jeans the aforementioned glasses and coat, a photo frame, grey clutch bag and dip serving tray for $37.
Vinnies Phillip is open Monday to Friday 9 til 5pm and Saturday 10 until 3. There is ample parking in the Colbee Court precinct and the store accepts both cash and card payment.
There are three change rooms on the far side of the counter from the point of entry with quarter length mirrors and curtains for privacy.
This was quite a lucky sale to stumble upon and I definitely spent a solid afternoon exploring this little gem of an op shop.