Nothing stokes the urge to shop more than a change of season. But whats a penny-poor gal to do when the budget doesnt allow a full-on fashion splurge? Op shop till she drops, of course!
Posh Opp Shoppe
484 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185 |(03) 9528 1777
Label snobs will swoon when they sail through the doors of the Posh Opp Shoppe. This treasure trove of pre-loved fashion and jewelry is sure to thrill your sartorial soul. Crowded with stuffed racks topped by oodles of accessories, youll need to allow plenty of time to sift through the offerings here. And dont just stick to the Designer labels rack. Many an Akira Isagowa or Jayson Brunsdon has been found hung in obscurity on the $10 rack!
1/486 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185 |(03) 9528 5893
For those that find op shops a tadmessy, the Sacred Heart Mission is refreshingly neat and tidy. With clothing categorized by type (e.g.blouses, leather jackets, evening wear, etc.) as well as by colour, browsing here is easy as can be. You can always count on some genuine vintage frocks being in stock as well as a brilliant selection of high-quality womens footwear. And take your time over the jewelry counter too; there are some genuinely good pieces to be found here.
402 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185 |(03) 9532 9947
Hit the Red Cross Op Shop at the right time and you may just scoop up some brand new threads! A favourite donation spot for some of the bigger Australian labels, the Red Cross gets some brilliant end-of-season stock. Weve also spotteda bunch of gorgeous new handbags here on occasion as well as mint-condition sunglasses (with tags attached!) If youre going to make any op shop your regular, this is the one!
366 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick |(03) 9532 4519
Large and inviting, Elsternwicks branch of the Salvos is chock full of stylish gems. A huge rack of womens dresses will have you happily browsing the time away, while an ample selection of shoes should get you walking quick smart. While the jewelry selection is more of the costume variety, there are still some pretty pieces to be found.
302 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185 |(03) 9532 4044
Small but perfectly formed, St Johns Op Shop is packed to the rafters. Youll definitely need help browsing the evening dress section as its kept tantalizingly out of reach on a rack near the ceiling! But dont be put off; the persistent shopper willbe rewarded with a designer steal or two! Sadly, the footwear section isnt large and sizes tend to be tiny but Cinderellas on the lookout for a glass slipper could be in luck!
By PostcoderContributor Jennifer Hopper