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National Op Shop Week: The Must Visit Stores Across Australia

Armed with $5 notes and a rummaging spirit, taking on the clutter of the op shop is no easy feat. Looking like you could be auctioned off on Antiques Roadshow is particularly on trend but vintage stores overprice their wares beyond your wares. $125 for some pre-loved velvet? No Thanks. Rad shirts that will have you feeling as fresh as the freshest prince himself? Yes please. Make sure you have both hands free and BYO a bag to carry home your treasures, we’ve rounded up the upper echelon of op shops so you can thrift til your hearts content.


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Brotherhood Store City Basement  –
Bourke St Mall

A city secret tucked under the retail hub of Bourke St Mall, fall down the stairs and into a second hand paradise.

Brunswick Salvos – Brunswick . .

The streets of Brunswick are an eclectic paradise, beyond the trap of Fitzroy where pre loved shoelaces will cost you a week’s rent, Brunswick is still trendy without the ridiculous price. . .

Vinnies Ringwood – Ringwood . .

Recent renovations mean this warehouse is a treasure hunting site of many rewards, the prices are incredibly reasonable and the finds worth the drive.


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Vinnies Paddington – Paddington

The Eastern Suburbs are the hit for designer discards, expect Zimmermann, Sass and Bide and Country Road tucked amongst the taffeta and tulle.

U-Turn Recycled Fashion – Newtown

Easily one of the most infamous second hand clothing stores in Sydney, U-Turn have expanded across multiple location. The heart of the second hand rummage will always be Newtown, with men’s button up shirt, vintage sunglasses and women’s classic Levis galore.

Vinnies North Sydney – North Sydney

Tucked across the bridge this little spot has a refined selection of women’s clothes, tablewares at surprisingly affordable prices for the North Shore at least.


@tomanddolly 3 piece op shopped suit fom @lifelineshopalburywodonga. Looking sharp. #thriftedfashion #reduce #reuse #recycle #recycledfashion

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Rundle St Red Cross –

Inner city locations mean generous donations and high quality stock, no unwashed wares here. The store is styled like a vintage store without the price, so you don’t have to lift a finger to rummage, done. .

Findon Rd Salvos – Woodville ..

Sure the Salvos are everywhere but does your local have it’s very retro section? Whether for fancy dress or everyday style you’ll find it here.

Midwest Trader – Adelaide

If you’re a denim fiend (who isn’t these days), make sure you pay a visit to the American-themed second hand store a visit. They have every brand you could ever imagine, from Dickies to cowboy boots and even vintage NBA gear.


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Vinnies Claremont – Claremont

A petite offering yes but the range is unmatched. Pickup womens wear in this boutique that seems to have been curated. Very decent pricing too, win!
Belmont Salvos – Belmont

Labels galore this pre-loved haunt is a must for those attuned to finding a bargain. A big space so allocate an extra hour or two for this thrifty excursion.


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Green Shed –
Mugga Lane

Mammoth in size this warehouse will have you lost amongst the shelves and packing the car to the brim. Homewares and clothing by the dozen, plan for a couple of hours to find the best. .
Salvo’s Fyshwick – Fyshwick

It’s the biggest in Canberra and by sheer size alone you should find an amass of thrifty goods. The selection of button ups will have men buying by the dozen.


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Silky Oaks Op Shop – Manly West
Clothing galore, nostalgic toy and board game offerings and whimsical homewares they have it all. Bonus, they run car boot sales taking the op shop to you.
Red Cross Dalby – Dalby
Red Cross outposts are known for their upmarket brand offering, Witchery, Country Road and even a cheeky Burberry trench nestled amongst the racks. Just like a boutique only affordable.


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Vinnies Hobart – Hobart

Recently renovated this treasure chest is untapped, filled with era-specific wares you didn’t know you need. And the price will have you reluctant to leave for the mainland ever again.
Hobart City Mission – Glenorchy

For the interior design lovers this furniture warehouse has everything to turn your share house into your dream living space. Book the removalist in advance.

For an entire list of op shops a little closer to home here’s a definitive guide.

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Emily is an avid reader, obsessed traveller, always overdressed, chronically indecisive and nostalgic 20-something.

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