#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
Hello, fellow op-shoppers and sustainable fashion warriors!


DISCLAIMER: This haul was done #preCovid19

I’m happy to share with you the first #OpShoppingDiaries which features the items I’ve sourced from many op-shops I’ve visited. In lieu of supporting the movement to reduce the fashion footprints and give more value to our personal items, I would love to share with you how I styled each item without spending my hard-earned money. Thrift shopping or op-shopping (or whatever you guys call it) is fun and exciting, plus it makes us more creative to discover our personal style.




I’ve been op-shopping for a while even back in the Philippines (we call it ukay-ukay, but the difference is, these shops are not for charity) and been more active since I moved here in Australia.
I’ve mentioned from my previous blog, how much happiness I’ve got from this new hobby!

The Autumn season has arrived here in Australia, so I decided to get some warmer items. While we were in Melbourne for a weekend (this is pre-Covid-19) we visited Salvos Store in Elsternwick.

This op shop is one of my favorites because it has good items. Located near Brighton Beach were depicted as the residence of most high-income earners, I assumed that this op shop received lots of quality items from rich residents.

I wasn’t prepared to get a huge haul but manage to control myself!


Cream-colored Trench Coat

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
I love the trench coat in any colors. Whenever there is a good deal for this item, I’ll grab it.
This one still had a label on it from a Chinese brand, and the quality is impressive. You can wear it as a dress or just a coat.

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
I like the length of its sleeve which makes it look classy. The dress length is also perfect!
Did you notice my boots? Yes, that came from op-shop too! It’s made of good quality Australian leather, perfect for this season. Now I just need to look for good knee-length socks or leggings for this. 

Op-Shop deal – Trench coat AUD$8.00 / Leather boots – AUD$15.00






Turtleneck knitted top in Grey

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick

Not labeled, may be made in Australia because there are tons of wool production locally. I love the classy look of this top; the fabric is so soft and if I want to be adventurous, I could wear it as is – no pants! But for the autumn season, I still need those leggings!

This is perfect WFH uniform – turtleneck top always makes you look professional especially during ZOOM meetings.

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
And this cooler weather, pairing it with this denim short and tights, plus the cream trench coat that I’ve got from other op-shop would be a great idea. Of course, for an outgoing look, I paired this with my white sneakers.

Op-Shop deal – AUD$7.00






Striped Brown and Purple knitted top

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick

Just like the grey knitted top, this one is also good for this cooler season. A great outfit as well during weekdays work having a ZOOM meeting with your officemates. I can wear no pants when at home, but this needs one when outdoor.

Op-Shop deal – AUD$6.00






Tweed Blazer ala-Chanel

#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
#OpShopDiaries: Salvos Elsternwick
I know that tweed fabrics make some look like an old rich woman (which is my ultimate goal being a rich woman!) and I love it. Tweed fabrics are the classic, last longer and the silhouette is good. Where tweed jacket or dress if you want to look respectable and rich.

This jacket is in a light color, which is perfect for a sunny day, but I must be very careful wearing this and not get clumsy. Coco Chanel would be very proud!

Op-Shop deal – AUD$8.00





Having these pieces added to this season’s wardrobe would be so lovely and I wouldn’t worry about feeling cold outside. Who wouldn’t have thought that shopping is so much fun here in Australia?!

Until next op-shopping!


xoxo, Blair

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  1. I really like the trench coat. Nice.

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  2. That tweed blazer is gorgeous! I love shopping with purpose to benefit others too! You rocked all these looks! I wish I had a Salvos Store here where I live!

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    1. My boyfriend said ".. you will love shopping here in Australia." I didn't expect that op shops is a huge thing!

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  3. i have always wanted a burberry trenchcoat. the one you got at the thrift store looks greaet. good choices.

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  4. Wow! It looks you had a great time selecting them. They look very comfy so well done.

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    1. Thank you Michael! But needs a lot of patience on finding the right pieces for me.

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  5. Those blazer and coat are super cute. Nice haul.

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  6. recycling or whatever it is called is good action to make our environment cleaner and besides it will save you a few dollars.

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  7. Wow the clothes are so nice and really stunning perfect for OOTD I love it.<3

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  8. These are so cute! I love the blazers!

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  9. Oh that tweed blazer is gorgeous!!!

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    1. I can't believe that I got is cheaply. I mean tweed fabric is always expensive!

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  10. WOW, you have got some lovely bargains that look really good on you.

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    1. patience baby, patience :) I miss op shopping! Most of the opshops now are closed.

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  11. Those outfits are good but you make them look more fire, you should try modelling.

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    1. hahaha thank you dear! Maybe I could be a model for my blog :)

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  12. This trench coat is absolutely gorgeous. As a matter of fact, all the pieces that you had are beautiful.

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  13. Wow those clothes are beautiful and it fits you nicely! The first trench coat is so cool!

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  14. Those outfits look good on you!

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  15. hi
    fist time i heard this phrase , si will add it to my list of vocabulary now . I was wondering do the op stores buy their stuff from those who no longer need it ? how does this arrangement work

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    1. Basically, op shop stores are charity stores. All their items are from donations. The store cleanse and arrange them in store like those in department stores, and 100% proceeds will goes to charity. All staffs are volunteers, and it is a great way to help community.

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  16. I love that grey sweater dress! So cute!

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  17. I love everything you got! It's an amazing outfit and looks great on you!

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  18. I have never heard of #OpShoppingDiaries but love the outfits, especially the trench coat and blazer!

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    1. I'm happy to share my cheap finds from this charity shops. More related blog soon!

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  19. Awesome! You look really great and sexy on that. :)

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    1. Just to add, I think this is a perfect gift for my wife's upcoming birthday. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I'm loving that trench coat. So versatile!

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  21. Love the white dress with the tiered skirt! Salvos Elsternwick looks like an amazing store!

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    1. Aww thank you! When I got that dress the original tag still on!

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  22. I love the trench coat! Looks good on you

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  23. I totally dig the Tweed Blazer and it looks great on you! It's chic and elegant. Lakas maka BLAIR WALDORF. �� Like it a lot! ��

    xoxo, Gossip Girl

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  24. ukay-ukay! you really have a good fashion sense. It suits you well. :)

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  25. wow!! I love the cream coat & the white tweed blazer, so so pretty on you
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  26. These are too cute!! You definitely know how to wear them! You are tempting me to go shopping!! Lol

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    1. If you are ready for shopping, try visiting your nearest opshop stores!

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  27. I am loving the colour of your trench coat. It looks suitable for your lace dress. Great choice of clothes babe.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! Who would have thought that these outfits are from opshops?!

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  28. I love your style! Really love the trench coat! This makes me want to go shopping!

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    1. OMG guys you all love the trench coat! Means I got a good buy :D

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  29. you have great fashion sense! I like your style

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  30. I love these outfits. I want that turtleneck knitted top. It looks so good on you!

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  31. Beautiful collection! I actually like the cream colored trench coat. It's so trendy.

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  32. All of the outfit looks elegant but I like Tweed Blazer the most! Great finds!

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  33. Love the coat and the tweed jacket! I wasn't able to visit a Salvos store when I went to Sydney but I was able to join an event where they curated branded designer items for a fundraiser. There were a lot of really amazing and vintage clothes plus the organizers also gave a quick tour around the displays. Good times, good times :)

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    1. That is awesome! I have batch of opshop finds still waiting to blog soon!

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  34. Just loved all the styles. The cream colored trench coat looks just great.

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    1. Ohh thank you dear! Many of you love the trench coat.

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  35. Those outfits are so cute, I never know what to pair things with.

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  36. i love your shoes the most!!! tama nga, i should do this too... sustainable fashion pa.

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  37. Good choices blair. You seemed to be very good at sense of fashion as I noticed from other posts.

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