The serendipity of op-shopping

One of the joys of going for a fossick in an opshop is that you never know what you will find.It is so hard to go past one, even if it is for a browse, and with most of the stock reasonably priced, you can justify handing over a couple of dollars for something which catches your eye.

It is even better when you shop out of town, or at a shop you haven’t visited. The stock is different, it appears fresh and there is always that feeling you are walking into a cave of treasures.

A month ago I had been in Geelong at the Vines Road Vinnies where my mum volunteers and found a pair of gorgeous shoes for $8.50. I had to use my card for EFTPOS and to make it up to the minimum $10, I picked up a bag for $5.50.

New Shoes!

New bag!

Another visit to the same store a couple of weeks ago dropping off the little BGs for a sleepover with Nana and Papa*  saw me walk out with a dress for $8.00, which I promptly wore out for my night at the movies with Mr BG.

New dress!

Coming home to Ballarat, I stopped in at a Salvation Army Thrift store I had never visited before in Ballarat and found a skirt for $2.50 and a belt for $1.00.

New skirt!

*Yes, two nights of coupledom, whereupon we went out to the movies, I drank a martini, went out for breakfast, washed the car inside and out and scrapbooked. It was lovely.

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6 thoughts on “The serendipity of op-shopping

    • I’ll occasionally shop for Mr BG but it’s hard to find good clothes for men. The clothes have either ended up on eBay, rather than in an op-shop, or in a vintage store which sells menswear at a premium. The men’s clothes that do end up at op-shops are more heavily worn than womens wear- we tend to rotate clothes more frequently.

    • Having had items framed, I know what you mean about expensive glass. Op shops are a great way to reuse and repurpose secondhand items. There really is something for everyone there.

    • Hi Michelle, it certainly was, and an impulse buy to boot. What’s more, it’s lining OS cream, so I’m more likely to find my phone, purse and keys in it now :)

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