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Australia’s Best Op Shop

Australia’s Best Op Shop

Well after a few months of nominations and voting I can am thrilled to announce we have a winner in the Australia’s best Op Shop competition.

I have loved reading through all the nominations hearing about how fantastic you think some of your local op shops are across Australia.

I have to point out how many wonderful things were said by so many about the volunteers and staff who make the op shops what they are.  You are appreciated by so many of your supporters!

And the Winner Is…..

Australia’s Best Shop 2015 goes to Red Cross Retail Bridge Road with a whooping 500 votes!

You can find this much loved store at 191 Bridge Rd, Richmond Victoria where they are open 7 days a week.

Red Cross Retail Bridge Road - Amazing window displays.

Red Cross Retail Bridge Road – Amazing window displays.

Red Cross Retail Bridge Road - Amazing window displays.

Red Cross Retail Bridge Road – Amazing window displays.

In second place

Second place goes to the Angel Op Shop in Rosebud Victoria with 369 votes.

The Angel Op Shop works tirelessly to support a number of local charities on the Mornington Peninsula and can be found at 1189 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud where they are open 7 days a week.

The Angel Op Shop Rosebud

The Angel Op Shop Rosebud

Third Place Goes To!

Our third favourite op shop in Australia is the Cat Protection Op Shop in Newtown NSW at 85 Enmore Road with 147 votes.  This op shop is also open 7 days a week.

Cat Protection Op Shop

Cat Protection Op Shop

Winners by State

Best Op Shop QLD – Salvos Stores Cleveland at 25-31 Shore St W, Cleveland 

Best Op Shop in NSW – The Cat Protection Op Shop at 85 Enmore Road, Newtown

Best Op Shop NT – Vinnies in Malak, Shop 32, 16 Malak Crescent, Malak

Best Op Shop SA – Regen Op Shop at 552 Milne Rd, Redwood Park

Best Op Shop TAS – Geeveston Primary School Op Shop

Best op shop in VIC – Red Cross Retail Bridge Road, 191 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Best Op Shop WA – RSPCA Op Shop Port Kennedy at Unit 3/1- 5 Sunlight Drive, Port Kennedy

 

Huge congratulations to all of these shops and all the other op shops up and down the country raising money, helping to reduce landfill and bring joy to so many op shoppers every day.

Nominations for the Australia’s Best Op Shop 2016 will open next year on I Love To Op Shop, thank-you also to everybody who nominated and voted.

If you’d like to get in touch about the competition please drop me a message below.

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Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Can you help Cassandra find her Grandma’s wedding dress?

It was accidently donated to the Salvos Store on St Georges Rd, Shepparton a few weeks ago after Frances began reorganising, she laid the dresses out with other items that were later donated.

Cassandra tells us the Salvos store “couldn’t have been any more helpful but unfortunately haven’t had any luck in recovering them”.

The beautiful 1951 brocade satin and lace wedding dress that was accidently donated was handmade by her own mother for her wedding to her late husband Ken 64 years ago.  It was also worn by one of her nieces at their wedding.

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

The mistake was discovered when Cassandra visited Frances in North Shepparton to pick up the dress to hopefully incorporate some of the lace into her own dress for her upcoming wedding.

Cassandra’s mothers long 1970’s deb ball dress pictured below was also donated in error.  It is white with a high neck and flared elbow-length sleeves and a blush sash.

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Both dresses have huge sentimental value to the family and they are happy to buy them back.  The once white dress is now a little discoloured and yellowed with age.

Cassandra’s own wedding is in March so the hunt is now on to find the wedding dress to help fulfil her dream of incorporating her Grandmas lace onto her gown.

“I would like to have both back ideally, but Grandma’s is especially significant to me as we have such a close relationship. To be honest, it’s a lot more upsetting for me that she’s upset about losing them than it was to hear that they were gone. I am getting married in March and was hoping to incorporate elements of her dress in to mine to have a piece of her with me on the day; at her age she is not up to attending the wedding”

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Shepparton Missing Dresses SOS

Have you seen or bought the dress? Please keep an eye out online, on your local Facebook groups, Gumtree, Ebay…

If you have seen it please get in touch with me here it would be great to see both these dresses returned.

 

 

 

Op Til You Drop with the RSPCA

Op Til You Drop with the RSPCA

RSPCA Victoria are giving you an even greater reason to “op til you drop” this National Op Shop Week by offering up a Village Cinemas Gold Class experience valued at $159.

What does it involve? Op shopping thankfully.

You can head out to one of their 15 Victorian stores, buy a fashion item and share it with them on Instagram at @RSPCAVictoria to be in with a chance of winning using #optilyoudrop

It could be any of the following

  • Killer heels
  • A to die for vintage handbag
  • Essential summer sunnies
Op Til You Drop with RSPCA Victoria

Op Til You Drop with RSPCA Victoria

To be fair when it comes to op shops the fashion choices know no limits.

Be certain to make sure your profile is set to public, otherwise we won’t be able to see your fabulous fashion find! You will also need to make sure you’re following @rspcavic on Instagram for your entry to be valid.

You can also find your local store on their website here.

You can also read their fine print here.

Good luck op shoppers!!!

Op Til You Drop

Op Til You Drop with RSPCA Victoria

Another Chance Op Shop News

Another Chance Op Shop News

Another Chance Op Shop in Scullin is joining in the fun of National Op Shop Week which runs from the Sunday 23rd of August to Sunday the 30th across Australia.  What better excuse to shop, donate and support your local charities and not for profits. Throughout the week something will be on sale and not just a token 10 or 20% but a massive 50%.  Such a great gesture from them.

Another Chance Op Shop taking part in national Op Shop Week

Another Chance Op Shop taking part in national Op Shop Week

If you’d like to visit them they are based at the Scullin shops on Ross Smith Crescent. You can read more about them on the directory listing here. If you’d like to add your op shop, vintage store, recycle centre or second hand shop to the directory you can add it here. Is your op shop getting involved with national Op Shop Week?  If so feel free to drop me out some information on the form below. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Op Shop Name’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Op Shop Address’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

New Op Shop to Mornington

Op shop fans in Mornington Victoria you’ll be pleased to know you can add a new op shop to your itinerary this month!

On the 22nd August the New Peninsula Baptist Church opens an op shop at Unit 6 179 Mornington Tyabb Road in Mornington.

The official opening ceremony will be at 10.30am and they have also arranged for face painters to be there to amuse young visitors on the day.

To keep up your op shopping strength they have also organised a sizzle so you can shop and grab a bit to eat for a great local cause also.

The new op shop’s trading hours will be Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm

New Peninsula Baptist Church op Shop

New Peninsula Baptist Church op Shop