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Shopping Melbourne - Find a bargain in these top Op Shops! We've teamed up with Kiera Dean, who blogs about vintage fashion to get the low down as to exactly where to find those bargains!

Shopping Melbourne and the eclectic Op Shops

Melbourne is known for being one of the most liveable cities in the world. With great restaurants and cafes, unique Melbourne hotels, a passion for anything sport, awesome shopping, an interesting art culture and vibrant nightlife, it’s easy to see why.

If you’re planning your next trip to Melbourne to do a spot of retail therapy, why not explore Melbourne’s more eclectic side and head out on an op-shopping experience? From any one of the many unique Melbourne hotels, the best op shops on offer are only a hop, skip and a jump away.

Op shops sell used goods donated by the public and they can sometimes be an absolute treasure trove of fascinating finds. In Australia, there are a few major opportunity shop (op shop) chains including the Salvation Army Thrift Store (Salvos), the Red Cross, MS Australia, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (Vinnies). There are other local charity organisations that will run thrift stores, such as animal shelters and missions.

It takes some time and patience to scour through all the retro cast-offs, but with a keen eye you can spot some fantastic bargains on quirky vintage clothes and other great items. A great day can be spent wandering around Melbourne to some of the many great op shops and searching for hidden treasure.

Here are a few of the best Melbourne op shops that you should check out on your op-shop adventure:

The Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Brunswick

The Brotherhood of St. Laurence is absolutely bursting with fun and fascinating items, from books to vintage clothing to shoes and bags. It has so much selection that you can even go in with an idea of what you want and there is a good chance that you will find it. This op shop is also great for quirky one-off pieces and fancy dress shopping Melbourne.

Salvos, Kilsyth

This shop has a lot of suburban junk, but underneath you will be able to uncover some cool finds, such as retro dinnerware or decor. It is also a fun place to find a range of styles of vintage wedding dresses.A classic destination for shopping Melbourne.

MS Society, High Street, Kew

This lovely and welcoming shop is very different from the traditional image of an op shop that is cluttered, dusty and uninviting. It is large, clean, easy to navigate a pram around and has lovely friendly staff. Find some great items while enjoying the experience.

Salvos, Abbotsford

If you have just moved into the city and need to furnish your home, you can find some fantastic deals on used furniture at this op shop. You will be able to find coffee tables, couches, dressers and other items for around $30-$50. This shop also has an impressive collection of vintage furniture, such as elegant vintage dressing tables.

Savers, Greensborough

This shop sells a huge variety of goods, from housewares to books to clothing to furniture and toys. They often offer half-price days, which will draw plenty of crowds hungry for a bargain. When you visit on a special sale day, you will likely have to compete with a chaotic crowd to find the best deal. However, when you snag that amazing bargain it will be totally worth it. A great place for shopping Melbourne.

Sacred Heart Mission, St. Kilda

This small store has all sorts of interesting little random bits and bobs that are worth investigating. Because the store has a Christian background, there are plenty of religious icons and prints of Jesus and the Virgin Mary or the Last Supper. It also has a good collection of retro cookbooks.

Doncare, Springfield Road

When you go treasure hunting at this fun and quirky store you never really know what you are going to get, but it is always a great find. You will usually discover quirky vintage treasures such as antique glassware and rolls of wallpaper. Keep an eye out for the unusual and interesting and take your time.

These are just a few of the best op-shops in Melbourne where you can spend the day rummaging through the racks and shelves to find a sweet deal. You never know what you will come away with, but chances are you will find a great treasure that will not cost you a fortune.


About the Author: Kiera Dean is a writer and photographer who blogs about vintage fashion. When she goes on an op-shopping spree she likes to stay in Melbourne for the eclectic choices of accommodation.

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