I recently visited the Moonee Ponds warehouse, where the savvy thrift shopper will find furniture, clothes, costumes, books and home goods. All electrical purchases come with a two week warranty (with receipt), so go ahead… buy that blender!
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In pre- (and hopefully post-) COVID times, the Camberwell Sunday Market faithfully opened each Sunday from 6:30am-12:30pm (except the Sunday before Christmas) with 370 stalls of treasure. And if you don’t mind doing a little hunting, you’re sure to find the perfect addition for your treasure chest. The suburban car park is transformed with buskers and performers, lending a party-like atmosphere to the weekly extravaganza!
The Vinnies Op Shops pepper our city like little gold deposits with pristine window displays and oodles of bargains. They’re clean and specialise in sifting through hoards of donations to weed out the best stuff for you. Special mention to the huge collection of crockery and adorbs kids’ clothing at the Hampton fixture. Very good for fitting out shared house kitchens. Live it, learn it.
Yeah, it’s a huge oxymoron. Toorak might be the last place you’d think to hit the ground running for some op shop hopping. But you'll be surprised to know the Toorak Opportunity Shop only stocks its shelves with an impressive league of quality, cared-for and preserved goodies that you’d swear were untouched.
There’s a trove of miscellaneous goods at the humble Cheltenham Opportunity Shop. While clothing and accessories are on offer here, the knick-knacks and ornamental trinkets steal the show. Give that room revamp some vintage vibes—this is the stuff you can’t find in IKEA's Smols section (homeware-y heaven of small items).
All of the loot you swipe at The Posh Opp Shoppe will go towards children living with disabilities. Sweet op-shop bargains for a good cause—that's the dream, right? These guys offer up a range of toys, children and adults clothing, jewellery and heaps more. Bring a big bag.
This story is pretty heartwarming one. We aspire to be as savvy and altruistic as the crew behind Storehouse Thrift, a bunch of do-gooders working to combat addiction in adolescents. You know that shopping through these garments will not only perfect your Cher à la Clueless Wardrobe Master Plan (still so very cool) but also help a heck load of people.
In the words of Macklemore, one man’s trash is another man’s come up. And heading into the layer-heavy autumn and winter seasons, Macklemore's 2012 rumination still has some underrated merit. There will be two distinct camps: the spenders and the spendthrifts. Some are never going to make it to a Coachella mosh. But the cunning ones will harness the musky, eclectic glory of the op shop to safeguard their pennies.
While all of the Family Life Op Shops do their bit at assisting vulnerable families in our city, the Highett trove also hosts a PeopleWorx program. Basically, they help people develop customer service skills and retail experience to assist them in their search for full-time employment. That’s worthy of some applause. The shop sells furniture, books, clothing and electrical goods—you know the drill.
The Posh Opp Shop
Do you know that scene from Wild Child where Emma Roberts and her posse have a shopping spree-turned-music-video moment in the British op shop? You can recreate that at the Chapel Street Bazaar. It’s a cacophony of crockery, crystals, dolls, shoes, clothes and jewels, but spliced into stalls by passionate purveyors, like an antique mini-mall.
If you purchase a distressed, brown satchel from the South Melb Sacred Heart window for 8 dollars, you’ll have just funded 2x three-course meals to someone in need. Mind-boggling but completely legitimate. Stock is sorted and displayed on a daily basis, which is also pretty bloody impressive. We’d recommend turning to these guys when embarking on a leather hunt, or simply in the mood for a good convo with the dedicated and chatty retailers.
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