This month’s prize is an I Love to Op Shop tote bag.
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning it is take a minute to pass on some info on one of your local op shops and add it to our sustainable shopping directory.
The directory also features
- Vintage shops
- Recycle stores
- Tip shops
You can have a look at the directory here but be warned it’s still new and needs a lot of gaps filled.
July Op Shop Competition
To add a listing head over to the Add Listing page here.
Entries are saved and will be drawn in the first week of August. Open to Australian residents only.
Brisbane folk in need of a good op shop session make sure you check out Brisbane Op Shop Tours who will be running an on shop tour on the 25th July.
This is their latest review from Kerri
This Op Shop Tour is Awesome!!!! Desley & Alani are so knowledgeablele with tips and tricks of op shopping and their storie…s of fabulous finds are exciting too hear. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves to op shop and would love to meet like minded people. You will have a hoot of a time
Spots are limited so make sure you get in touch with them sooner rather than later.
Op shop tours are great for the avid op shoppers and ideal as a day out with a couple friends. The tours are friendly and their is lots of chat and time for coffee to keep you going.
You know you’ll be in good hands as the tour guides have over 60 years of op shopping experience and will no doubt share some tips as well as stories along the way.
Brisbane op shop tours
Along with some carefully picked out op shops this tour will also include a stop off at a monthly clothing and accessory sale where most items are $5 and a yearly jumble sale with op shop attached.
When – 25th July 8am – 4pm
Where – Mooruka
Cost – $55 including morning tea
How to book – Visit their Facebook page here.
You can also keep up to date with news by following them on Facebook here.
Brisbane Op Shop Tours
TOP 5 ONLINE STORES FOR VINTAGE & SECONDHAND FASHION
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 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
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
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
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.
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June’s Op Shop Winner
Thanks for all the wonderful entries submitted for the new directory. I’ve been inundated and still working through the entries but even the one’s I am yet to publish have been entered.
June’s op shop winner gets a small thank-you pack containing
- a lovely op shopped Kate Hill teal bag
- a bar of Alter Eco chocolate which even I am surprised wasn’t “replaced” at any point
- a pretty vintage brooch picked up at a local garage sale
We have had over 100 entries for local op shops, vintage shops, recycle shops, tip shops and markets added over the past few weeks. I’m hoping to improve the directory as I get my head round the interweb bits and pieces so you can have a hunt for a nearby bargain that is good to your wallet and world!
There will be another prize added in the next few days so please keep on sharing!
And now…… drum roll please……. A big well done to Eliza whose entry for St John’s Church Op Shop in Beaconsfield was selected by my two year old who had no idea what the point of the exercise was so I figured was as impartial as needed.
If I’ve not heard back from Eliza by next week I’ll select another winner.
Huge big, massive, gigantic thank-you to everyone again! May the op shop odds be ever in your favour!!!
Salvos Club Card
Introducing the Salvos Stores Club to all you op shoppers out there who are yet to know about this amazing Salvos initiative.
Here’s some info I got from the Salvos about the card which was launched in March.
Salvos Stores is proud to announce the Salvos Stores Club Card. Introduced in stores across Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in March 2015, it is revolutionary, being the first reward program of its kind introduced amongst charity recycle retailers in Australia.
It offers Salvos Stores the opportunity to give back to their customers and reward them for their continued support. Points are earned on purchases in store and can be redeemed against purchases at a later date.
The Salvos Stores Club Card will provide members with a number of benefits including:
- 1 point per $1 spent on donated goods purchased in store
- Redeem your points against purchases; 50 points equals $2.50 to spend in store
- Invitations to VIP events
- Club Card Exclusive Special Offers
The Salvos Stores Club Card is aimed at driving more value for customers who regularly support Salvos Stores in generating funds for The Salvation Army.
Allen Dewhirst, Chief Executive Officer of Salvos Stores said
“We introduced the Salvos Stores Club Card in order to thank our valued customers for their continued support. When they shop with us, they are making a difference by assisting Salvos Stores raise monies to support the valuable Salvation Army Community Programs and this is our way of showing our appreciation.”
Customers can become a Salvos Stores Club Card member by registering in store or signing up online at www.salvosstores.com.au/clubcard
Salvos Stores Southern Territory operates 215 retail stores in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territory. Salvos Stores operates as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre-loved goods and relying heavily on the generosity of the public. Overall Salvos Stores operates as a thriving business with the added benefit of contributing positively to the excellent work of The Salvation Army.
I have my card and have saved some points on it already, not that I need an additional excuse to op shop!
Don’t forget to share your finds on the page, the group or on Instagram using #ilovetoopshop