My birthday present from my lovely sister Fizz was a tour of Brighton and bayside op shops with Melbourne Op Shop Tours. This tour was on a Friday rather than the usual Saturday, so Mr BG was very kind to take the day off to do the kinder/school run on my behalf.
The company run tours of other areas of Melbourne, but this area interested me as I had never ventured into op shops in this neck of the woods (not that there are many woods in this part of Melbourne, but you know what I mean). In fact I had never ventured into this area of Melbourne at all during the time I lived there, so it was an adventure in itself travelling on the Sandringham line.
The tour guide was the very nice Erica, who blogs with Recycled Fashion and is very knowledgeable about all things oppy.
There were 9 ladies in total on the tour, all with different stories and different reasons to shop. One lady was looking for wedding outfits, another was looking for vintage patterns. One lady picked up an amazing vintage print- the fact that she had to travel back to Perth with it was a minor consideration :). I think the buy of the day was a beautiful green coat with hood from the St Andrew’s Op Shop in Brighton for $20- so sad it wasn’t me who bought it!
We visited seven op shops in total, all of which were within walking distance from a railway station. For those interested they were
- The All Souls in Sandringham
- Vision Australia in Sandringham
- St Andrew’s Op Shop in Brighton
- Biccy’s Op Shop in Brighton
- Vinnies in Hampton
- Salvos in Hampton
- Storehouse Charity Inc in Hampton
- And on the way back to Hampton Station we also spotted a Red Cross shop.
A couple of the ladies who served us in the shops were surprised that we were using public transport, and our waitress at our lunch stop was also very curious as to how we were getting about. In both cases they were very supportive of the whole enterprise.
I didn’t go crazy- I bought a couple of tops for work, a tshirt and fleece for Mr BG, buttons for a cardigan, a book for mum and a hat (which proved to be too small). Some ladies were filling shopping trolleys with their purchases, but I am of the opinion that it is only a bargain if you need it. As Erica said in her blog There is a fine line between thrifting and hoarding.
The best bit of the day was a day to myself, in Melbourne, in the sunshine, thanks to my lovely sister and lovely Mr BG.