Studio Thrifty 4

Studio Thrifty 4 has opened in Albion, Brisbane and supports the Pay A Sack Forward charity who fundraise to support the homeless.

This shop has such a great vibe, they had me at disco balls!

Looks to be thrifty in name and nature with some really low prices and regular specials.

They are even having a special National Op Shop Week evening event hosted by Never ever Pay Retail.  Head over and show some support!

You can find out more about the shop by following their Facebook page here and checking out the charity website here.

Pay a Sack Forward aims to support those experiencing homelessness in Australia through the distribution of ‘survival sacks’.

$5 = 1 survival sack

Just five dollars allows us to provide an individual with a sack containing basic essentials including food and hygiene products. These are distributed by our volunteer team, and through our partner organisation’s including food vans, drop in centres and outreach services.
Come visit us!

You can finds Studio Thrifty 4 at 2/21 Collingwood Street, Albion, QLD 4010.

It’s been added to our community map here – make sure you check out some other ethical shopping spots in the local area!

If you have news or an event the ILTOS community would want to know about please get in touch below.

If you’ve visited I’d love to know what you think, did you find some goodies?

New Traralgon RSPCA Op Shop

The planned opening date is the 17th July for the new Traralgon RSPCA op shop.  Lucky Gippslanders will be able to support this much loved charity by shopping and donating their unwanted goods.

Volunteers are still needed, if you can spare a few hours please get in touch with them.

The shop is located at 103 Argyle Street

For news on the Victorian RSPCA check out their Facebook page here.

The RSPCA website here is also a great source of information on this amazing organisation.

If you have any news or an event you think the I Love To Op Shop community would like to know about please get in touch.

Princess Aspien has her license and she knows what to do with it – op shop of course!!

She’s produced a Vlog of her op shopping adventures in Geelong.

The moment she discovers her Princess and the Pegasus childhood toy speaks is priceless, I know a lot of us have had the “feels” spotting items from our childhood.


You’re spoiled in Geelong for op shops, it’s definitely an op shop hot spot.  Are you in Geelong?  Let us know the best one’s o visit.

Do you have a video you’d like to let me know about or some news the ILTOS community should ear about?  Get in touch with the form below.

Vinnies Woodcroft – Sydney’s Newest Op Shop!

Vinnies Woodcroft store is now officially open!!

You can find it at 3 Woodcroft Drive, Woodcroft, NSW 2767 in the Woodcroft Village shops.

You can keep up to date with Vinnies NSW news by following their Facebook page here.

Have you been?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you know of a new op shop opening please get in touch below.

If you’d also like to contribute something the I Love To Op Shop community would be interested in please drop me a message.



Pop Up Shop for Homeless Ballarat #6

The Pop Up Shop for Homeless is on again in Ballarat in July.

Thousands of items donated by Ballarat locals are being given away for free to those in need.  Please let anyone who may benefit from this great initiative know about the event.

When: Saturday 8th July 10.00 am -4.00 pm and Sunday 9th July  10.00 – 2.00 pm
Where: Trades Hall Building, 24 Camp St, Ballarat Central 

Small food and toiletry packs are also available.

The pop up shop for the homeless is split into two levels with clothing, shoes, jackets, bedding and food upstairs and children and baby items on the ground floor.

Keep up to date with news on the event by joining their Facebook page here and help them out by spreading the word.

There will also be a free BBQ with sausages being given away on the day.

They are still looking for some donations  if you can help – non perishable food, toiletries, bedding and blankets (no women’s clothes though please).

Extra volunteers would also be appreciated.

Their Facebook page is here if you’d like to get in touch with them about the day.

If you have any news, products or events you think the ILTOS community should know about please get in touch.

Contributors wanted, drop me a message below to find out how.

Frock Up Pop Up

Frock Up Pop Up Adelaide at In Vogue Theatre and will be offering vintage bargains galore!

When – It runs Saturday May 20th 10am – 4pm

Where – 25 Belair Road, Kingswood

What – Their website describes the event as follows

Rack after rack filled with fabulous fashion spanning nearly two hundred years.  Boxes full of buttons, old dress patterns, bits and pieces of lace.  Tables with exotic Indian textiles or perhaps the odd bolt of Liverty of London fabric.  Wooden cabinets with estate jewellery, fashion ephemera and collectables.  Tables with simple and affordable costume jewellery. Fashion books and magazines.  Handbags and make up cases.  Umbrella and parasols.  Hat stands bedecked with creations from milliners’ workshops.  Original fashion drawings. Plus a number of the fairs have just more than vintage fashion, also selling retro and vintage homewares with a dateline from the 1920‘s to 80‘s.  All this awaits you at The Way We Wear Fairs in SIX Australian cities in 2017.  Frock Up.

You can find out more on Frock Up Australia on their website here.

Make sure you also follow their Facebook page here and the official event here.

Do you have an event or news you’d like to share with the I Love to Op Shop Community?  Please drop me a line.

Melbourne Frock Swap

Melbourne Frock Swap is one of Melbourne’s best second hand ladies fashion markets.  A great way to pass a few hours with soooo many vendors selling a great mixture of vintage, high street, designer and accessories.  You’re bound to leave with a few things.

It’s held in a huge venue Seaworks at 82 Nelson Place in Williamstown and operates between 10am and 4pm.  It’s only five minutes from the train station if you’re walking.

There is a $2 entry fee but children are free.

It’s wheelchair and pram friendly.

There is also coffee – so important right?

If you’d like to find out more check out their website here.

To keep up to date make sure you’re following their event here and give their page a like here.

If you can’t make this one their next market is on Sunday the 27th August.

If you have news or an event you think the I Love To Op Shop community should hear about please drop me a message.

If you’ve been I’d love to know what you thought.

Salvos Hope Op Shop Moorooka Opens

Moorooka’s newest op shop can be found at 143 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka in Brisbane’s West End.

The shop is currently open Mon – Fri 9-4pm and Saturdays 9-12.30pm

You can find them on Facebook here, a great way to keep up to date with sales news and new stock updates.

If you have any news the I Love To Op Shop Community would be interested in please get in touch.


Mill Park Op Shop Tour

This is a fantastic initiative by Mill Park Library who host the Mill Park Op Shop Tour in June.

Head to the library at Mill Park for an intimate bus tour of the local op shops.  A great way to meet some people who also enjoy op shopping and to support some great local op shops.

When – Thursday 15th June 10-12pm

Where – Begins at Mill Park Library, 394 Plenty Road VIC

Tickets – Tickets can be registered for here.

You can also keep in touch via the official Facebook event here.

If you have news or an event you think the ILTOS community would like to know about please get in touch.


Leongatha Salvation Army Grand Re-Opening

The Leongatha Salvation Army Thrift Shop re-opened on Saturday May 6th for Leongatha locals!

The op shop is at 62 Bair Street Leongatha

Here are a few pictures of the new store.

Follow news on the op shop by liking their Facebook here.

If you have any events or news you think the ILTOS community would like to know about please drop me details below.


St Andrew’s Op Shop Fashion Parade

Being held at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Zadoc Street, Lismore, NSW

Tickets cost $12 and include afternoon tea.

Find out more by joining the official Facebook event here


If you have any news the ILTOS community would like to know about please drop me a message below.


Avocare Op Shop has opened this week in Seaford VIC

It can be found at 1/65 Hartnett Drive

Opening Hours have been confirmed at the moment as Mon, Thu and Fri 9-4 PM and Tue and Wed 9-530.

I’m happy as this will be one of my new locals!

You can find out more about Avocare and the work they do by following their Facebook page here.

I’ll be popping in without doubt in the next week or two.

If you know of a new op shop opening please drop me a message below.


Frankston Op Shop Tour tickets are now available for October’s planned tour.

Great present for the difficult to buy for op shoppers in your life.

It will include a number of big and small shops in and around Frankston, discounts have already been offered as well as some giveaways.

This promises to be a fun day with a bus full of op shoppers enjoying the hunt and supporting some lovely local charities.

The Early Bird tickets sold out within 24 hours but we still have standard seats left.

If you’re organising a tour and would like to promote with I Love To Op Shop please get in touch.


This is still news to some op shoppers but op shops have been taking advantage of the Ebay custom for years now.

Here’s a list I’ll keep compiled of op shops you can support by shopping with from home.

  1. Endeavour Foundation.  When I looked they had over 500 items on sale including books, collectables, furniture, clothing and craft goods.  Click here to shop.
  2. The Mustard Tree Op Shop and Café.  A Lilydale VIC based op shop with a steady stream of great quality goods.  Click here to shop.
  3. Salvos Stores.  Almost 200 items including fashion, collectables, toys, art and accessories. Click here to shop.
  4. New Peninsula Community Caring Inc Has over 300 listings at the moment!  Lots of clothing but also sporting goods and collectibles. Click here to shop.

Helping Hands Mission Sunshine Op Shop Opening

Lucky Sunshine op shoppers this will make your day!

The Helping Hands Mission Inc are opening their 7th op shop on Saturday 25th Feb.

The store is located at 85 Hampshire Road, Sunshine VIC and opening day the hours are 10 – 2pm

They will have a sausage sizzle to keep your stamina up and the little one’s will be treated to face painting.

It’s a large warehouse style store so expect a lot of variety.  Bring cash as they don’t have EFTPOS at their stores.

Clothes are $2 and books only $1!!!

When you shop at any Helping Hands Mission op shop, you are supporting families in need across Melbourne and regional Victoria. All money raised through sales in our shops goes to our Emergency and Material Aid programs that provide food, clothing, whitegoods, furniture and other every day essentials to people suffering as a result of extreme circumstance.

You can find out more about the organisation on their website here and make sure you join their official Facebook event here and invite your op shopping buddies.


A Plus Market – An ILTOS Spotlight

A Plus Market is just as the name suggest; a market full of plus size fashion. Featuring new unique designer pieces alongside bag-loads of pre-loved bargains, A Plus Market has something for everyone from the most discerning fashionista to the thrifty thrill seeker (and any combination in between).”

You can find the next market located at the Queen VIC Market in Melbourne, this may be their last market there for a while but they have plans for more at other venues for 2017. It has now been established since 2013 and has an ever increasing fan base.

You can find them in Shed C ready for business from 9am and running until 4pm.

There will be access to change rooms and lots of vendors to browse between.

Due to it’s location food and coffee are in abundance.

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Find them on Facebook here.

Join the official event here to follow news on the upcoming November Market here.

Their website is here where you can find out information on the markets, sign up to newsletters or enquire about becoming a stallholder.

You can also catch them on Instagram here.

I’d love to hear if you’ve been before or some deets on if you make it to this one.

Kudos to Erin for being the brains behind this market it sounds like lots of fun.


To read my Ultimate Bendigo Op Shop Guide written for Weekend Notes click here.

Bendigo Op Shop Guide

Bendigo Op Shop Guide

Hope it help and happy op shopping!

Top 20 Melbourne City Op Shop

Check out my Weekend Notes article here to see a rundown of some of the best city op shops.

Top 20 Melbourne City Op Shops Weekend Notes Article

Top 20 Melbourne City Op Shops Weekend Notes Article

Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale

It’s back in August and will no doubt be busy and busy for one reason…. It’s pretty bloody good.

You may need to arrive early to pick up older vintage eras but there is always still lots of variety and plenty of ladies and menswear to choose from.

Denim skirts at $10

Denim skirts at $10

Bring cash or EFTPOS (minimum spend for this is $15)

They also normally announce a price list nearer the event to give you an overview of what to expect.

Denim Jackets at $25

Denim Jackets at $25

Now for the important bits

When – Saturday 6th August 10am – 3pm
Where – 10 Hewitt Street, Cheltenham

If you’re heading in on the train jump off at Moorabbin Station on the Frankston line.  From there, take the left exit and turn right. The 811/812 Dandenong bus will take you right around the corner from us. Just step off the bus at the Chesterville Rd/Keys Rd stop. On Keys Road take the first right onto Hewitt St and you have found us. 

Coming by car?  There is plenty of parking.

You can keep up to date with the news or contacting the organisers by following their Facebook page here or joining the official Facebook event here.

Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale

Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale


Frankston Op Shop Guide

If you’re based in the South East and in the mood for an op shop day out Frankston is worth a visit.  It has a number of op shops all within walking distance and a few within a short drive.  I have also included some neighbouring suburbs.

Hope this handy guide helps and please feel free to let me know of any new op shops or edits I need to make.

Below the map is a list of the shops with contact numbers, may be best to give the smaller one’s a call to check opening hours before visiting.


Frankston Op Shops

  1. City Life Op Shop, 6 Clyde Street, Frankston, 03 9770 0385
  2. Vinnies, 25  Ross Smith Avenue, Frankston 03 9770 5818
  3. St Pauls, 29 Ross Smith Avenue, Frankston, 03 9783 3984
  4. Salvos Frankston, 17 Thompson Street, Frankston 03 9770 2549
  5. Red Cross Frankston, 13B Thompson Street Frankston 03 9770 2355
  6. Frankston RSPCA, 43 Playne Street, Frankston, 03 9783 5994
  7. Save the Children, 28 Playne Street, Frankston 03 9783 7289
  8. IMHS Op Shop , 51 Kareela Road, Frankston, phone  +61450210404
  9. Heavenly Wares Frankston, 130 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, 0479 038 212
  10. Recycle Superstore, 47 Excelsior Dr, Frankston North 03 8774 6338

Mt Eliza Op Shops

  1. Kankama Opportunity Shop, 16B Ranelagh Dr, Mt Eliza 03 9775 3213
  2. Salvos Mt Eliza, 1/87 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza 03 9708 8000
  3. Corowa Court Op Shop, 32 Ranelagh Drive, Mt Eliza

Seaford Op Shops

  1. Brotherhood St Laurence, 1-3 Station St, Seaford 03 9786 7015


  1. Treasure Chest Tip Shop, 20 Harold Road, Skye, 1300 322 322


If the Frankston Op Shop Guide is not up to date please just drop me a message below and I’ll update as soon as I can.

If you’d like to advertise your local business within this guide please contact me for more information.

Happy hunting!

Upcycled linen creations makes vintage and retro linen hot property at the op shops right now but what are people doing with them, they are probably not drying the dishes with these eye-catching pieces.

Here are some inspiring recreations from a quick trip on the web to get you looking at op shopped doileys, Manchester and table cloths in a new light.  Apologies to those already on the linen hunt, you may have more competition but it’s for a good cause!

A Piece of Pie on Etsy makes beautiful clothing from retro linen.  She has a great eye and creates for adults and children.

Upcycled Linen Teatowels into ladies t-shirt by A Piece of Pie on Etsy

Upcycled Linen Teatowels into ladies t-shirt by A Piece of Pie on Etsy


Upcycled Linen Teatowels into ladies t-shirt by A Piece of Pie on Etsy

Upcycled Linen Teatowels into ladies t-shirt by A Piece of Pie on Etsy


The Mustard Tree Op Shop in Lilydale is sometimes even able to save you the work and upcycles pieces when donations come in.  These were two stools they had available in their beautiful op shop a few weeks ago made from upcycled linen they had donated.

Upcycled linen teatowels via The Mustard Tree Op Shop

Upcycled linen teatowels via The Mustard Tree Op Shop

Upcycled Linen Necklaces

These pretties were spotted on Mary Stanley they are just beautiful.  A great way to use linen scraps that may be marked or damaged.

Upcycled Linen Necklace

Upcycled Linen Necklace

Girls Dresses

There are so many gorgeous upcycled linen dresses out there it was hard to choose just one example, I a big fan of birds though so this one stood out to me made by Kinchimama.

Upcycled linen dress

Upcycled linen dress seen via Kinchimama on Flickr

What to do with the scraps?

Make the most of the leftovers with these sweet buttons.  Another great way to repurpose damage pillowcases or Manchester.

Upcycled Linen Buttons

Upcycled Linen Buttons seen via Isa Creations

Do you make new creations from op shopped upcycled linen?  Tell us more about them in the comments.

What are your thoughts?  Do these upcycles work, have you a favourite?

Good luck on you op shop hunts

Finally I shouted to myself!!! They are real!! Thank you Vinnies for filling the void of what to buy an op shopper for Christmas with your Vinnies Victoria Gift Cards.

Vinnies describe these as “A gift card worthy of giving.”

It’s a pretty spot on description and I’ve asked for one this Christmas, I even got the expected eye roll and knowing smirk from Mr Op Shop.

What is not to love though?

  • It supports Vinnies
  • Environmentally you are making a better choice
  • Chances are high you will bag a bargain or two

To buy a card you can just head to their Ebay store here.  They even have 20% off until 5pm Thursday 24th December so spend $80 and you’ll get$100 voucher.  Please note these gift cards are valid only in Victorian Vinnies Stores.  If I find out more of course I will shout about it.

Grab your Vinnies Gift card on Ebay

Grab your Vinnies Gift card on Ebay

Hope you’re not getting swept up in the commercialisation these holidays.  It does get a bit cray cray out there.



Where Can I Op Shop On A Sunday?

Yes they do exist and I’d like to help you get to them!!  I get asked so many times where are the op shops open on a Sunday so It’s time to compile a list to make it easier for you dedicated op shoppers. Now this list will get bigger over time so please help me, if you know of an op shop open please drop the info to me on the form below. Please find the following op shops by State

New South Wales

Lifeline Woy Woy

Noffs Newtown

Noffs Randwick

Red Cross Newtown

Red Cross Paddington

Red Cross Port Macquarie

Vinnies Rockdale

Vinnies Woy Woy


ADRA Logan Central

Animal Rescue Support Network / Pussies Galore Red Hill

Asthma Foundation Coorparoo

RSPCA Furniture Barn New Farm

Yesterday’s Books and Things Paddington

South Australia

ADRA Coober Pedy

ADRA Parafield

ADRA  Port Elliot


Angel Op Shop Rosebud

Brotherhood Stores Bentleigh

Brotherhood Stores Brunswick

Brotherhood Stores Knox

CPS Op Shop Rosanna

Epilepsy Foundation Blackburn is open some Sundays, please call first to confirm

Family Life Op ShopCheltenham

Golden Opportunity Community Shop Norlane

Lions Club Warrandyte

Red Cross Collingwood

Sacred Heart Bentleigh

Sacred Heart East St Kilda

Sacred Heart Elsternwick

Sacred Heart Fitzroy

Sacred Heart Hawthorn

Sacred Heart Prahran Windsor

Sacred Heart South Melbourne

Sacred Heart St Kilda

Vinnies Brunswick

Vinnies Cranbourne

Vinnies Geelong West

Vinnies Grovedale

Vinnies Hoppers Crossing

Vinnies Hughesdale

Vinnies Queencliffe

Vinnies Ringwood

Ringwood Savers is also open although not strictly an op shop it is a recycle superstore worth visiting.

Savers Greensborough


Anglicare Belmont

Anglicare Freemantle

Anglicare Midland

Anglicare Morley


Please also drop me a message if you know a listing needs updating or you can add to the list Where Can I Op Shop On A Sunday?.

Happy op shopping!!

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Nearly all my cherished fashion items are vintage or second hand.

With interests in fashion and anthropology, vintage items give me a glimpse into our history allowing me to sample and taste the different style, moods and spirits of that particular era. Vintage items themselves can be works of absolute beauty, not often found in the mass manufactured fast fashion items you find in retail stores today.

Having been introduced to vintage early in my life through my fathers obsession with purchasing second hand bargains at garage sales and ‘Trash & Treasure’ markets, I quickly became a fan of buying second hand items at various op­shops, thrift stores and antique shops.

I no longer have the stamina to go vintage and op­shopping, frantically looking through racks to find hidden garment gems. I’m a true size 6 (I’m Asian) with a size 5 shoe size (more a 4.5 shoe size) so I’ve wasted many hours trying to find things that fit. After nearly 20 years of doing this (I started very young), you can imagine I have neither the time nor the inclination to do this especially when there’s a veritable number of online store options available. People have done the hard work for me so I’m happy to pay a little bit more for an item. I figure the time saved not having to do the hard scavenging is worth paying a little extra.

Since I’ve evolved to being the ultimate click chick, here’s where I go to find vintage and second­hand items online:


eBay is my go ­to online shop for pretty much everything. Shoes, accessories, hats, bags, dresses you name it, I’m searching for it.  To make it easier for myself, I filter the website so I focus on just auction items in Australia. I also use my watch list to keep a track of items I like and exercise self-control so I don’t bid (pay) more than I’m willing to.


The vintage clothes on Etsy are lust­worthy. If you’ve never browsed the site, you are in for a treat. Die­hard vintage lovers brace yourself. You’ll find 50s prom dress, 80s wiggle dresses and if you’re lucky 20s beaded flapper dresses. Prices are not for the faint-hearted but justifiable as you’re purchasing real couture.

Dear Gladys Vintage

Dear Gladys was where I frequently shopped when I lived in Melbourne. When I needed something to wear for a particular event (engagement party, the races) their store was THE destination for vintage. Unfortunately they no longer have a physical store, but they have an amazing online store. Perfect as I no longer live in Melbourne! It’s guilt free shopping too as Dear Gladys is a social enterprise owned by a not-for-profit, Fitted for Work an organisation that helps transform the lives of disadvantaged women.

Jennifer's Dear Gladys vintage dress

Jennifer’s Dear Gladys vintage dress


I trawl Gumtree when I’ve exhausted the first three options. I often find bargains on here as most people don’t often think to head to this website for fashion. It’s a little harder going because the search functionality isn’t as good as eBay but if you’re desperate (like I often am given my petite frame and tiny shoe size) it’s worth browsing. While it’s not great for fashion, it is great for most other things. Currently I’m in need of a free­standing wardrobe so I’m on Gumtree regularly for this item.


While it’s annoying that you have to be a registered user to browse the TuShare site, the fact that all items are free (the only cost is postage) more than compensates for this. While people are giving away some fabulous fashion items, I’ve also seen bikes, pianos, books, baby furniture being given away. If you have patience to browse through the site (did I mention everything is free?) you’ll definitely pick up some fashion bargains and indirectly help to reduce waste by ensuring things don’t go to landfill.

Jennifer showing us some thrifted style

Jennifer showing us some thrifted style

Now over to you: Where do you shop for online vintage or second-hand items?  Do you shop at any of these online stores? What’s the best vintage item you’ve been lucky enough to nab? We would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

Author Bio: Jennifer Nini is co­founder of The Social Copywriter and Editor-­in-­Chief of Eco Warrior Princess, one of the worlds leading ethical fashion and green lifestyle blogs.  When she’s not coaching business clients or perfecting a sentence, you will find her cultivating her organic green thumb and experimenting with vegetarian recipes.

Jennifer from Eco Warrior Princess

Jennifer from Eco Warrior Princess

Huge big thank you to Jennifer for sharing these tips, hopefully another avenue for some of you to explore for when you just can’t find what you’re looking for at the local op shops.

Head on over to the Eco Warrior Princess Facebook page here to keep in the loop with news and events

I’ve been a long time stalker of the Mustard Tree Op Shop and I decided to try my luck and ask a few questions about their thrifty upcycled inspiration.  Here’s what I found out

Is there one person behind the upcycled items we see of a few people at the op shop?
There are a number of people behind the Upcycled items we have at the shop.

Amanda and Dale are responsible for a lot of the crazy things you see there. They make the lamps and lighting and are responsible for most of the displays in the shop. Judy and Leanne are our gardening upcyclers, propagating plants at home.  Judy also creates fun sculptures with old golf balls. We have had working bee’s at homes to create things like the tea towel cushions and stools.  Christine and Jean helped with these.

The more we do, the more the volunteers want to help and contribute.


2 Why has The Mustard Tree begun this initiative?
We have begun this initiative for a number of reasons.

Number one is to reduce the amount of waste we have to dispose of.

We get a lot of donations. We all seem to love vintage items.

Sometimes these donations are visually appealing, but are just a bit broken or incomplete. Sometimes they don’t pass electrical testing. So what can we do?  Unfortunately a lot of it has to go to landfill.  We recycle unusable clothes as rags. We sell recyclable metals to the scrap dealer.

Luckily we are also able to upcycle some of these items to resell in the shop.  So we reduce landfill, reduce our operating costs by cutting down on rubbish/bin fees.

We create items that we have proven to sell for higher prices than they would have in their broken state.

We create a visually appealing space for our customer and volunteers.

All these factors combine to ultimately help the community which is the main function of The Mustard Tree.

Upcycled ties at the Mustard Tree

Upcycled ties at the Mustard Tree


3 Are they popular with op shoppers? They’re not typical to op shops but we know the Mustard Tree is pretty special.
It has proven to be quite a talking point among our customers and volunteers. People seem to appreciate the reason we are doing it and sales have been positive. They are unique pieces often with an “industrial” look. It’s fun to create these items and see them sold to an appreciative buyer.


4 Have you got a favourite upcycle that has been done at the Mustard Tree?
There have been a few upcycled items that stand out.

Lamps made from old oil cans proved popular, as did one made from a red Tonka fire engine.

The Necktie light fixtures are always a talking point and the first thing we did was a chandelier made from cutlery. Affectionately known as the “Chandelier of Death” due to the hazards we endured while constructing it!! It hangs in our café.

Lately we have made some cushions and stools from old tea towels. They look great!

Upcycled cutlery chandelier at The Mustard Tree Op Shop

Upcycled cutlery chandelier at The Mustard Tree Op Shop


5 Do you have any tips for people wanting to upcycle any common household cast offs?
My tip for upcycling is to think outside the square. You can make a lampshade out of just about anything.

Vintage items are so fun to work with because they have such a great look and they evoke memories in people when they see them used in a fun and quirky way.

Another tip is to use the internet. There are so many things being done around the world that can give you inspiration. Pinterest is great for browsing.


6 What upcycled items are currently available at The Mustard Tree?
Our upcycled items are always changing. Many times we will work on something for a while and it is sold ½ hour after its out for sale.

We generally have a number of lamps and succulents in interesting planters for sale. We currently have tea towel cushions and stools. We also have decorative bunting made from old books.

Upcycled succulent holder from The Mustard Tree

Upcycled succulent holder from The Mustard Tree


I then asked what else we needed to know about the Mustard Tree.
All that we do at The Mustard Tree, including our Upcycled range is to help raise funds so that we can help people in the community.

The Mustard Tree is part of Lilydale Baptist Church and as a church we want to show God’s love as we care and provide for physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the hundreds of people who come into the shop every week.

We want to be seen as more than an op shop.  We want to provide a place that people can come and feel welcome.  Customers are able to enjoy a coffee and light meal in our café, they are able to purchase clothes, furniture, books, manchester, bric-a-brac, records and so much more at affordable op shop prices.  If people need extra help we have Community Care.  We run a Foodbank where we provide food parcels to anyone in need.  Each month we provide enough food for approx. 3000 meals. We also offer pharmacy assistance and when necessary free clothing and household goods.

Each Tuesday (during school term) we also have a free lunchtime meal.  This is known as Community Table and is open to anyone who wants to come and share life over a simple meal.

The Mustard Tree's Community Table

The Mustard Tree’s Community Table

Huge big thank-you to the tireless team at the Mustard Tree, you’re op shop super heroes.

Now to see their creative genius make sure you follow them on Facebook here and they can be followed here on Instagram @themustardtree

How inspiring are they?  I’d love you to share some tips or creative ideas on what you upcycle below.

You’ve seen how much jewellery op shops now have well here’s some inspiration to make you look a little longer at them and in a new light or to look in the other aisles to get creative to suit your own personal style. Here is my top 10 upcycled jewellery ideas, hope they get your creative juices flowing!

Upcycled Lockets

Lockets could be modernised with a little spray paint or nail enamel to look like these from Alder and Co

Lockets from Alder and Co

Lockets from Alder and Co

These Constellation lockets were created by Astrid & Rose who have a shop on Etsy.

Created by Astrid & Rose on Etsy

Created by Astrid & Rose on Etsy

Upcycled Pendants

Here’s some super cute pendant ideas, the first is from a great shop seen on Etsy called The Broken Plate Pendant Company

This is just stunning!  It’s a whimsical antique spoon creation made by Anomoli Jewellery in South Africa.

Upcycled Rings

Head to the kids corner in many op shops and you can find a sad box of coloured pencils, we have a tin full of them now but this makes me want to get my craft on!!  You can also see variations which are also stunning on Etsy and Pinterest but this one which I liked for its raw appeal and texture is from Angela Design

Angela Design's upcycled pencil ring

Angela Design’s upcycled pencil ring

Paper based jewellery is cost effective and can look really modern.  This ring is by Just For Who on Etsy and is beautiful and colourful.

Just For Who upcycled ring

Just For Who upcycled ring

Upcycled Earrings

Getting all technical now with some gadget based upcycling, beautiful inverted triangle earrings.  These are made by Upcycled Jewellery who as the name suggest specialise in recreating everyday items into must have accessories.  Geek swoon alert  – Level HIGH!! I love them.

Upcycled circuit board earrings from Upcycled Jewellery

Upcycled circuit board earrings from Upcycled Jewellery

These classic earrings believe it or not are made from upcycled milk bottle plastic, I saw them via Pinterest  and are designed by Mud Horse Art who sell via Etsy.

Mud Horse Art upcycled rings

Mud Horse Art upcycled rings

Upcycled Bracelets

I love comics, I don’t read them so I don’t buy them but I love the graphics.  Here’s an idea I may try if I stumble across a stash in the op shops soon.

This Comic bracelet was sold on Etsy by Custom Comix who does craft with this media.

Custom Comix Batman Bracelet

Custom Comix Batman Bracelet

Tin cans get a makeover here, this was found at Fat Cat Studios who specialise in one of a kind pieces made from vintage in cans.  This shop is amazeballs!!!

Fat Cat Studio upcycled bracelet

Fat Cat Studio upcycled bracelet

Which one if your favourite?

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and if you have any tips.  I’d also love to hear from any upcyclers, recyclers or vintage peeps who’d like to write about their projects or be featured on I Love To Op Shop, just drop me a message here.

Thanks to Chrissie Swan for taking a few minutes out of a no doubtful hectic day to answer a few op shopping questions

Image c/o Herald Sun

Image c/o Herald Sun

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!

Elizabeth Skilton - Image c/o

Elizabeth Skilton – Image c/o

Elizabeth Skilton - Image c/o

Elizabeth Skilton – Image c/o

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 and tell them they can have whatever they like. 


Do you have a favourite op shop?

I love them all but ones in country towns or outer western suburbs seem to be the best.


What department do you head for first in an op shop?

I usually go straight for the homewares, ceramics, vases, cups… Stuff like that. Also the framed artwork. I’m not really a clothes op shopper


Who is your favourite person to take op shopping?

I really like going on my own. It takes concentration to find good bargains and I don’t like to get distracted by conversation!
Chrissie laughing at the number of salad happy images on the web. Image c/o Mix101.1

Chrissie laughing at the number of salad happy images on the web. Image c/o Mix101.1

Chrissie’s currently on the Mix101.1 Breakfast Chrissie & Jane Show – more info here

You can also keep up to date with her on Twitter here @ChrissieSwan

I posted briefly about Buy Nothing New at the start of October here but Tamara has also managed to find time on what must be her busiest month to answer a few questions on her love of op shopping.

Buy Nothing New's Tamara in the Herald Sun image c/o Nicole Cleary

Buy Nothing New’s Tamara in the Herald Sun image c/o Nicole Cleary

What has been your most treasured op shop find and why?

A gorgeous Missoni cardigan I bought in London. I don’t get attached to things or stuff. This is the exception. Gorgeous colours. I’ve patched it up so many times already.

Do you have an op shop tip?

Look for great quality. Older stuff (80s, 90s) tends to be way better quality than all the cheap, fast throwaway stuff of today. IMHO a gorgeous quality fabric will always look better than a trendy new style made from cheap fabric.

Do you have a favourite op shop?

The team at Red Cross Smith Street, and Sacred Heart Mission Clarendon Street are amazing. Fabulous range. There is always something I would love at these two top spots.

What department do you head for first in an op shop?

I don’t, I scan everywhere. I tend to shop for stuff I love based on what’s there. I don’t tend to go looking for a particular thing. If I see something great quality that I don’t have, I get it, then I have it ready for when I do need it. I tend to have gaps in my ‘stuff’ until I find it at an op shop. This can take a while though. You need to have patience and love the thrill of the find. I find it way more rewarding than just heading straight to a shop where you know you can get exactly what you need on demand. it’s the hunter gatherer in me!

Who is your favourite person to take op shopping?

My French Bulldog, Leopold. He has an excellent sense of style (like most French) and tells it straight.
Leopold tells it as it is!

Leopold tells it as it is!

Thanks Tamara for this and for coming up with such a simple way for people to be reminded about how their purchases affect more than just their wallets.
Find out more about Buy Nothing New Month here
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I’ve been following Her Library Adventure’s for a few years now, probably one of the first I began to follow from memory I think.  A few of these pictures supplied by Sophie will show it’s a glorious hit of whimsical creativity and stylish op shop chic.

I was so pleased when Sophie responded to an email I’d sent out quizzing her briefly on her op shopping habits.

I knew she was an op shop fan as she’s blogged numerous times on it and you can  have a browse at some of her past treasures and adventures here

Quality over quantity - Her Library Adventures

Quality over quantity – Her Library Adventures

I asked the following five questions

1.  What has been your most treasured op shop find and why?

We found an amazing pair of vintage arm chairs at the local tip shop a few years back and I am so glad they came home with us.  They have been such a unique addiction to our home and they are wonderful and comfortable to sit in.  Definitely a winner!

2.  Do you have an op shop tip? 

My favourite tip is quality over quantity.  Something I’ve leant over the years.  If it’s not in really good condition, or exactly what you’re after you might find yourself donating it back to the same op shop in a year or two.  Quality pieces, especially furniture, clothing and homewares can stay with you for a lifetime.

Kitchenalia obsession - Her Library Adventures

Kitchenalia obsession – Her Library Adventures

3.  Do you have a favourite op shop?

We have a great local Salvation Army store here in Mildura that I’ve had some great finds at.  They are really well organised and I think that can help if you get easily overwhelmed by all the racks and shelves. The local tip shop is often wonderful too, especially for crockery.

Op shop chic - Her Library Adventures

Op shop chic – Her Library Adventures

4.  What department do you head for first in an op shop?

Always the kitchenware, followed closely by linen. I have a soft spot for vintage canisters and fabulous floral sheets.

Vintage op shop goodies - Her Library Adventures

Vintage op shop goodies – Her Library Adventures

5.  Who is your favourite person to take op shopping?

I have a couple of fabulous friends who love a good op shop and we always have fun raiding the fabric and sheets, but I’ll tell you a secret, I always do my best op-shopping my myself.  I especially love looking through books, craft supplies and old records for something special.


Sophie and Tallow - Her Library Adventures

Sophie and Tallow – Her Library Adventures

You can check out Her Library Adventure’s blog here –

Buy some gorgeous creations from her shop Wilde Asher here (I’m in envy over her studio lol) – 

Wilde Asher Studio

Wilde Asher Studio


And keep up to date with her posts on Instagram here –

Huge thanks Sophie, thank you so much for taking the time to respond, I think you’ll agree she has a fabulous eye and I need her to come over and style my house!

I managed a browse in peace and quiet today with my 5 year old at kinder and my 18 month old napping in the pram (a rarity).

I popped into a couple of my locals whilst doing some mundane overdue tasks.

They had some beautiful vintage teacups and sets there, so pretty but I have no where to put them and unlikely to use them (along with the one’s I have already!).


Vintage rose teacup, saucer and plate

More pretty floral vintage teacups

More pretty floral vintage teacups

Hi tea would be a glitzy affair with this gold tea set!

Hi tea would be a glitzy affair with this gold tea set!

There were about 3 more pieces to this gold tea set not pictured, $15 is a steal!

If you’re having tea in gold you have to have something equally regal for later right?

What about a silver wine glass set and matching carafe!  Again there are a couple of glasses not shown here so another op shop bargain at $15.

Silver wine glass set and carafe

Silver wine glass set and carafe

Now I ummmmmeeeddd and aaaahhhhhed with the vintage Nylex set but figured Mr Op Shop would give me “the look” if I bought this home!

Vintage Nylex Canisters

Vintage Nylex Canisters

I will share something I picked up a couple of days ago though, well worth the $2 price tag!

Vintage 1981 Postman Pat board game

Vintage 1981 Postman Pat board game

The Op Shop kids are loving this, the youngest mainly enjoys throwing the dice on the floor and irritating his brother but I figure I’ve got decades of that to get used to.

Mr Op Shop is yet to see what I actually did buy, that’s a different post…… wish me luck!

All of these items were from one of my local church run op shops.  They always have some great prices but my favourite reason for shopping there is how friendly the volunteers always are.

Have you had any luck at the op shops recently?  Feel free to drop me a message with some pics and I’ll add them to the site to share the love of op shopping.

Biscuit tins are something I see pretty often and I’ve picked up a couple of cute one’s but what to do with them?  I  live in a in a unit in the suburbs of Melbourne – I just don’t have the room.  I also rent which limits my ability to make my home my own to some extent.  A girl can dream though and upcycled everyday items is one way to start.

Whilst having a glass of wine and watching Please Like me on ABCIView I decided to save some inspiring ideas, I love that show and it’s op shop chic.  Each post will concentrate on a different fairly common op shop item that can be used to good or given a new lease of life.

This is my way of hopefully making you (and reminding me) to think outside the box.

How gorgeous does this look as a lampshade?

I love this simple ide also from Design Sponge which features a tutorial – click here to see how.

Vintage tin into candle holder at Designer Sponge

Vintage tin into candle holder at Designer Sponge

Now I’m not saying you’re going to get lucky with such vintage finds straigt away, the idea is you go often and keep your eyes opened.

The print on this tin must have stood out a mile, it’s just so damn pretty.

Vintage tin upcycled necklace from Cellar Door Shoppe on Etsy (sold before you get too hopeful lol)

Vintage tin upcycled necklace from Cellar Door Shoppe on Etsy (sold before you get too hopeful lol)

Some major swooning below, I just love the collections here

 Diva Wohnen - Homestory

Diva Wohnen – Homestory

Now this would take a few trips to the op shop but boy would it be worth it!!  Upcycled biscuit tin shelving!  It’s amazing.  I can’t see it lasting long in my house with two young and busy boys but it’s on my op shop bucket list.

Upcycled biscuit tin shelving by Jonas Merlan via Flickr

Upcycled biscuit tin shelving by Jonas Merlan via Flickr


Now it only seems fair to spread some of the inspiration outdoors.  What bird wouldn’t be happy getting breakfast here of a morning?

Upcycled birdfeeder tin found on Etsy, also sold I'm afraid by Tony Howell

Upcycled birdfeeder tin found on Etsy, also sold I’m afraid by Tony Howell


If you have some ideas to share or have upcycled biscuit tins of your own I’d love to see what you’ve done.

What do you think of these?  Hopefully it’s given you some inspiration.

Hobart Upcycling Workshops

Hobart upcycling workshops are being run in partnership by Orenda Studios and City Mission Op Shops.

The five hour courses are run from the Orenda Studios at 223 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS.

The course aims to help you design and work with fabrics and existing garments to help complete your own finished piece of clothing which you have the option of buying or donating to the City Mission Op Shops.

Full information can be found on the Orenda Studios website here.

Dates of the workshop have been confirmed as

  • Sunday September 3rd
  • Sunday September 17th
  • Sunday October 1st
  • Sunday October 15th
  • Sunday October 29th
  • Sunday November 12th
  • Sunday November 26th
  • Sunday December 10th

The City Mission Op Shops and Orenda Studios Facebook event is here.

If you know of any op shop news or event the ILTOS community would like to know about please drop me a message.

If you’d like to check out some shopping spots in Hobart have a look at the I Love To Op Shop map here.

Contributors also welcome.

Vinnies Rosewood Store Open!!

Vinnies Rosewood store Is now open!!

You can find the new store at 25 John Street, Rosewood close to the IGA.

The store will be open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday’s 9am – 1pm

You can find out more about the Vinnies Queensland stores on their website here.


To check out more shops in the area head to our map here.

If you have an event or news you think the I Love To Op Shop community would like to know about please drop me a message below.


Salvos Family Store Meadowbrook Opening!

The Salvos Family Store Meadowbrook opens this week giving Brisbane op shoppers another place to hunt for bargains.

They’ll also have a few special things lined up for the grand opening.

The store is at units 4 & 5 13 Logandownes Drive, Meadowbrook.

If you head there please let me know what you thought and did you find treasure?

You can find out more about by following their Facebook page here.

To check out more shops in the area head to our map here.

If you have an event or news you think the I Love To Op Shop community would like to know about please drop me a message below.

New Lifeline Grovedale Op Shop To Open Soon!

The Lifeline Grovedale store opens on July 27th opposite the IGA at 129 Marshalltown Road, Grovedale.

The grand opening will have a raffle, sausage sizzle and heaps of great donations at bargain prices.

There will even be a jumping castle to keep children amused on the day.

It kicks off at 9am and closes at 4pm.

Check out the latest news on the Lifeline Geelong stores by following them on Facebook here or having a look at their website.

For a full list of their other op shops click here.

People call Lifeline for many reasons and the needs of people calling Lifeline Geelong vary across age-groups and between rural and metropolitan areas. Our aim, no matter what the reason, is to provide care and emotional support to people in their time of need.

In Geelong alone our telephone crisis supporters take around 8000 calls per year. Geelong Lifeline

To check out some other op shops in the area have a look at the map here.

If you have any news or an event you think the I Love To Op Shop community would like to know about please get in touch below.


Vinnies Shepparton Opens Next Week!!!!

You’ll have to wait until July the 18th for the grand opening of the Vinnies Shepparton store but I’m sure the wait will be worth it.

To be kept up to date with news on new Victorian stores follow the Vinnies Facebook page here.

You can also check out nearby Vinnies shops by searching the Vinnies website here.

You can find it on Maude Street (opposite Coles).

How cool does Maude look in store?

I’ll update the directory once I know more but I’d love some pics or news to add about it if you visit.

Do you have news or an event the I Love To Op Shop community may want to know about?  Please drop me a message.

Vinnies Shepparton newest volunteer Maude – Image c/o Jeff from our op shop group!


Bloomhill Cancer Care Open 11th Op Shop in Buderim

Bloomhill Cancer Care had a grand opening on Monday the 11th July and it is selling a great selection of homewares and furniture.

You can find the new op shop at 39 Main Street,  Buderim and it’s next door to its existing op shop.

For more info on their stores you can follow their Facebook page here or check out their website here.

They do offer a pick up service for saleable goods and can be contacted on (04) 5445 6858.

The shops generate funds to assist cancer care patients

Bloomhill Cancer Care supports people of all ages on the Sunshine Coast to live well with cancer.

Bloomhill aims to enhance the quality of life for people who are affected by cancer, through practical, spiritual and emotional support and empowerment through education and awareness. Bloomhill Cancer Care

If you have any news the I Love To Op Shop community may like to know  about please get in touch.



Red Dove Op Shop Bendigo Open For Business!!

Bendigo’s newest op shop is now open for business.

The Red Dove op shop can be found at 25 Forest Street at the Uniting Church in Bendigo and it is open Thursdays between 10am and 2pm.

I’ve even heard a rumour morning tea is on offer.

Their contact number is (03) 5443 3485 if you need to call in advance.

If you have any news you think the I Love To Op Shop Community would like to know about please get in touch.


Wozzles Wearhouse Is Coming To Sebastpol!

Op shopping in Ballarat is going to get even better with the announcement that Wozzles Wearhouse will open it’s fourth store in Seabastpol soon.

You can keep up to date with the Wozzle’s stores by following their Facebook page here or their website here.

You can also get in touch if you’d like to find out about volunteering at any of their stores by calling (03) 5339 9166.

Wozzle’s Wearhouse has generated more than $10 million in sales of pre-loved clothing and goods. CAFS utilises surplus funds to assist many children and families in need. So when you donate or shop at Wozzle’s Wearhouse, your money is contributing to helping others within your community.

If you have any news or events you think the I Love To Op Shop Community would like to know about please drop me a message below.