I will never pay retail again! Treasures from Op Shops

op-shopping tips

Hello everyone and welcome to another op-shopping blog!

And if you a certified shopaholic and love awesome deals then you will enjoy this kind of content.

So, I’ve been busy in the past few weeks crafting and enjoying my Christmas holiday, and I thought of giving back to the local community here in Gippsland. Shopping is my version of yoga, plus another way of doing my research for my next project while enjoying the latest treasure finds after I’ve swiped my little donations.

RELATED ARTICLE: Reasons Why I Love to Op Shop





Salvos Store in Traralgon
You probably know that I am now a sucker for bargains and I love it! I won’t be paying the full retail price (except on foods!).


So here are my recent op shop items from various local op shops I visited this summer.

op-shopping tips
Op Shop Location:

What I've got:
Cosmedics travel vanity bag – A$2.00
Bag faux leather handbag with chain strap – A$2.00
Grendha red thongs – A$1.00
David Caon wool blanket, a collaboration with Qantas – A$4.00
Gold Chain necklace accessory – A$2.00


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Op Shop Location: 

What I've got:
Nude Colored Knitted Vest – A$5.00
White sleeveless knitted top – A$6.00
Small oil-painting, framed – A$5.00
2-pcs ceramic coaters – A$1.00 each



paintings from op-shop
Op shop location: 

What I've Got:
Large-sized acrylic painting – A$10.00



op-shopping tips
Op shop location: 
Mawarra Opportunity Shop in Warragul, Victoria

What I've Got:
White fluffy jacket – A$4.00
White polka-dot button-down shirt - A$4.00
Black button-down shirt (Versace-inspired) – A$2.00


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Op shop location: 
Mawarra Sorting Centre in Warragul Victoria

What I've got:
Animal print trench coat – A$4.00


Hermes silk scarf in op-shop
Hermes silk scarf designed by Florence Manlik, part of his Robe Du Soir 2018 collection – A$2.00



And who would have thought that these items are a total of A$54.00! 

What a great deal, and I really feel good about my little achievement. Especially when I found that Hermes silk scarf, that is a REAL SCORE!


Are you now excited for your own op shopping trips? Check on our topmost op-shopping tips!

* Look at everything, on every rack including kids, men's and plus-size – yes especially plus-size coz usually this corner always got good boyfriend shirts that I could thrift to my size.

* Have a vision of the look you want before you go shopping. Do not limit your imagination. Fashion should be fun!

* Travel for a bargain. Regional and rural areas are usually cheaper and less used. When I visited Longreach Queensland, I made sure to pay a visit to the local Vinnies store to get my travel souvenir. 

* DIY. Don't be afraid of a little stain or loose thread. See the potential in clothes. Have you met Varnish?

* Find pieces you can wear a few times and with different outfits to get the most out of your money. 

* Wear something you can change out of quickly so you can try on lots of clothes in one go. Or if it does not fit, you can always donate them back!

* Cash is king, but due to COVID restriction, debit/credit card is the QUEEN! Make sure to check first if they have EFTPOS and enjoy shopping like Rebecca Bloomwood. 




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38 comments :

  1. I am shocked with the scarf! it is a steal, such a great deal. Oh my! I envy you al little. I have never been that fortunate in thrifting ever

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    1. Hahaha I couldn't believe it too, and I did blink many times, and did a lot of Google search to verify it is genuine. It might be my first luxury brand that I got from a thrift shop and OMG it was precious.

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  2. Thanks for these op shopping tips, this is very useful information. I admire how many things you bought very cheaply.
    Friendly greeting,
    Nina

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    1. Visiting charity shops is more fun nowadays than visiting the designer shops at the malls.

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  3. Oh yes I love this! Such a great message about sustainability!

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  4. I loved the knitted tops and the scarfs. Wonderful and trendy in design and style

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    1. Thanks dear! That animal print trench coat will wait for the next season when it comes back into trends :)

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  5. Wow, you have got some designer finds here! I would love to shop at these stores too after seeing your hauls.

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    1. Never underestimate the coolness of charity shops.

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  6. Nnniiicceeeeeee....I must say you surprised me there. You've got some merch here, that I didn't expect to find here.

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  7. All these tips are really good for shopping.

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  8. Great tips. I love buying good things in a cheapest amount and this store is a perfect place for me.

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  9. You have good stuff and I like that they are good and yet affordable.It can help when going on saving mode.

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    1. I agree. I love saving money and still having a good life with affordable and cool things.

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  10. You have some amazing find in the charity shops and they still look chic with a good sense of mixing and matching. nice read. - kncyx journeying

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  11. Why pay the full price when you can hunt for bargains? And find them too.
    It's almost like an adventure at the endo of which you go home with something new.
    I like it!

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    1. I agree! We need the patience to spend an hour or two browsing each racks to find the items we fancy :)

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  12. You find yourself some great deals. I agree with you, that's the place to shop.

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  13. I buy all my books in a charity shop and I feel great about it. Also I always make sure to bring them all the stuff I don't need as a donation. The guy at the shop prepares bundle of books for me and puts them aside for me. By the way it looks like you got some good deals at your op shop.

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    1. I also sourced my books at op-shops! When I visit, I also bring items that I don't need anymore and put it in their sorting bin.

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  14. Whoa I love the tips. And yo got amazing stuff with the lowest price. This is really great. I never thinking before to visit charity shop and buy something there.

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    1. Oh you should! I even travel in most rural areas just to get some cool finds.

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  15. I can't wait to go op shop. So inspired! haha have you bought any shoes from op shop?
    ana

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    1. Yes, I did a few! Will share as well in this blog :)

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  16. Wow, they look really nice! I really like everything and I love the fact you bought some awesome stuff at a second hand place.

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    1. Ohh op shop is more fun to visit than high-end boutiques.

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  17. I wish we had this store in my country. They have fancy clothes yet very cheap.

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  18. And yes bargain shops are very practical especially during these times. And if you can get the same quality at a cheaper price then why not right?

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    1. Exactly! I also sent my other unwanted items to the op-shops so that others can enjoy it too.

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  19. What?? Omg that's such an amazing deal! I love a good deal as well when it comes to clothes. As much as I love shopping, budget is still very important for me

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    1. The idea of shopping from several op-shops makes me feels good coz I know that my money will help many underprivileged Australians.

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