Time Out scours the op shops around Melbourne to find the best ones for your needs
This Chapel St op shop is something of a vintage emporium – you can even follow them on Instagram to check out their secondhand designer wares. It was set up in July 2013 by Shekinah Homeless Services Inc – a network of nine organisations that provide accommodation and support services to the estimated 22,773 people experiencing homelessness in Victoria right now. Windsor.
This northside store is how one would imagine op-shop porn. It’s impossible to leave this store empty-handed. From records, to books to quirky pieces and a whole vintage clothing section complete with shoes and bags. This is the kind of op-shop you can walk into with an idea of what you want and you can guarantee you will get it - whilst holding your first album, on vinyl in mint condition. Brunswick.
Moved to Melbourne and need to furnish a bedroom, a house? This Salvos has all your furniture needs sorted. Buy a chest of drawers for $30, a '70s coffee table for $40 and a couch for $50. The clothes here aren’t anything special but their book collection is out of this world. This is the kind of op-shop were you buy that obscure piece that you know you will never use, but at the same time, can’t resist. Roller-hockey anyone? Abbotsford.
This Salvos is for the keen op-shoppers who love the thrill of striking gold in a pile of suburban waste. Behind the plastic prams and crap floral furniture you will find the best set of wine glasses or a retro wooden fruit bowl shaped as pineapple for 50 cents. Kilsyth.
It’s worth the long hike alone once you step inside the juggernaut that is Greensborough Savers. A massive warehouse filled with endless aisles of clothes you will need to make sure you’ve had a big brekkie to tackle the task at hand. You will come out of a day’s shopping with a bagful of new threads and RSI. Greensborough.
This tiny little op shop houses some kitsh little pieces that are soon to adorn the walls of your house. And because of it’s Christian background, you will be sure to find Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary prints and some gold-edged religious icons. Great for retro cookbooks and random bits and bobs. St Kilda East.