Month: November 2014

The Shop Of Op

If you’re a Windsor-end of Chapel Street kinda shopper, then in recent months, you may have stumbled upon The Pop Up Op Shop, a social enterprise set up by Shekinah Homeless Services Inc.    In October 2014, the stores band of community-lovin’ folk opened their permanent store, The Shop of Op in the same location, where you’ll be able to rummage for funky finds every day of the week. Famous for its tea cup chandelier, repurposed kitchenware hanging from ceilings, and quirky vintage décor, the store has also fast become well known for stocking high quality donations.   “We go to enormous lengths to provide our customers with good quality items, and pride ourselves on stocking the best selection of quality men’s and women’s recycled fashion, including vintage and on trend pieces” said Caddy Taylor, store manager.   The Shop of Op is the sort of place where you can leave with armfuls of secondhand designer fashion, quirky homewares and retro furniture knowing that you’ve also helped provide meals and beds to those in need. All proceeds from The Shop of Op go towards supporting over 2500 people disadvantaged by homelessness each year.   The Shop of Op is located at 110 Chapel Street Windsor and is open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11-5pm. Thanks Caddy for sharing a few word about this beautiful looking op shop! To find out more you can follow the Shop Of Op...

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How to Buy Cheap Luxury Yarns

Cheap and luxury don’t normally go together, do they? They do when you combine them with yarns and op shops! I recently discovered 14 balls of soft angora yarn at an op shop that I pop into every now and again. I had to take the lovely little balls of angora home with me and I only paid $7 for the privilege – bargain! Knitting and crocheting with luxury yarns doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are my tips for finding lovely yarns in op shops: •Use your eagle eyes – look carefully for yarn. It’s generally towards the...

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Grovedale Vinnies Opening

One for the Geelong op shoppers. Vinnies has a new store opening at 19/147 Marshalltown Road, Grovedale VIC 3216 Grovedale Vinnies doors open at 10.30 on Monday 17th November. If you’re in the Geelong area and have a few hours to spare you can call 1300 736 933 or register your interest here…/Get…/Become_a_volunteer/VIC/ Now when you head in tell them you saw them on I Love to Op Shop 🙂 You can find St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria If you’d like your op shop to be featured please drop me a message on the form below. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’...

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Dunolly Op Shop

Dunolly Op Shop If you haven’t yet explored the wonders of this fabulous Dunolly resource, in its gorgeous historic setting, then you’ve been depriving yourself! Sited in the former Wesleyan Sunday School of the current Dunolly Uniting Church (corner of Market and Tweeddale streets) Op Shop Devotees have been known to travel 100s and sometimes 1,000s of kilometers to scoop up the many bargains and collectables! QUALITY! VARIETY! PRICE! FRIENDLINESS! AND a cuppa on offer! Run by wonderful volunteers who welcome everyone with a cheery smile. OPENING HOURS : Tuesdays 10am -2pm Thursdays 10am – 4pm Fridays 10am –...

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Q&A with Chrissie Swan

Thanks to Chrissie Swan for taking a few minutes out of a no doubtful hectic day to answer a few op shopping questions What has been your most treasured op shop find and why? A vintage 50s electric green apple-shaped ice bucket, 6 Elizabeth Skilton prints, small cake plate featuring Sydney’s centre point tower, 50s cocktail tray… List goes on! Do you have an op shop tip? My top tip is take your time! Really LOOK. And don’t go with kids if you’re up for a proper forage. If you do go with kids they love it though – give them $5...

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