The Op Shop Girl – Upcycling Op Shop Furniture

The Op Shop Girl – Upcycling Op Shop Furniture

Upcycling Op Shop Furniture

Over the last few months I have become completely smitten with upcycling op shop furniture and free furniture and decor. Upcycling was never something I was really into, even though I’ve been an avid op shopper all of my life, but then all of a sudden, with the inspiration from lots of Pinterest pics, I have become obsessed with searching for treasures at the op shops to repurpose.  I then also make time to go on junking road trips through the suburbs, searching for thrifty treasures thrown out for curbside pickups.

My most recent project was an old beaten up cube style unit that I found for free on Facebook Marketplace. A lady was giving away a bunch of old furniture so I gladly took all the items off her hands. The wall unit was definitely the most trashed piece out of all the furniture, so beaten up in fact that even my husband asked if I actually wanted to take it home with us, I said yes as I knew that I could bring this junky looking unit back to life.

I first cleaned the entire unit, it was so disgusting.  There was lots of grime and graffiti, it was just horrid.  I cleaned it not only with white vinegar, but also metho and then gave it a good vacuum.

After that, it was ready to sand and paint. The unit was not wood, just like a cheap melamine material and I didn’t have a primer on me so I figured I would just give it a light sand to hopefully help the paint stick to the surface.

It all worked out so well just giving it a light sanding and I haven’t had any issues with paint chipping away.

I used an acrylic paint from Bunnings and I needed to apply 3 full coats. I have to say, the paint job isn’t perfect, I can still see lots of imperfections and messy brush work, but I am still very pleased with the end product.

I also used the opportunity to practice my decoupaging skills and covered some holes in the unit with decoupaged roses. I’ve included the video if you fancy a watch, to see how I upcycled the old cube unit. It now sits proudly in my office and i’m currently planning my next upcycling project.

Be sure to let me know what op shopped or free treasures you’ve been re-purposing lately.

Thanks so much friends and happy thrifting xo

The Op Shop Girl

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Thanks so much friends and happy thrifting xo

The Op Shop Girl

Salvos Stores Extended Summer Hours Trading

Salvos Stores Extended Summer Hours Trading

Salvos Stores Extended Summer Hours – Is Your Local On The List?

Salvos Stores have announced some of their stores will be open later during the summer for some of you luck op shoppers. This not only means longer hours to shop but gives donators a few more hours to head out after work to drop things off. Have a look at the list by state to see if you’re going to be doing some late night shopping.

The All Important List – Salvos Stores Extended Summer Hours

The following stores open late on a Thursday night from the 1st of Novemeber until 7pm.

South Australia

Arndale, Darlington, Gepps Cross, Glenelg, Kensington Gardens, Kidman Park, Kings Park, Munno Para, Salisbury, Salisbury Downs, Windsor Gardens.

*Kings Park & North Adelaide will be open late on a Friday night.

Tasmania

New Town will be open until 7 pm on Thursdays from 6th December – 20 December.

Victoria

Abbotsford, Beaconsfield, Brunswick, Cranbourne, Cowes, Deer Park, Dromana, Epsom, Epping, Fawkner, Hoppers Crossing, Kilsyth, Mulgrave, Niddrie, North Geelong, Rosebud, Rowville, St Kilda, Williamstown

Western Australia

Balcatta, Baldivis, Belmont, Brighton Butler, Cannington, Craigie Plaza, Ellenbrook, Gateways, Greenwood, Halls Head, Joondalup, Kelmscott, Kenwick, Malaga, Maylands, Morley, O’Connor, Ocean Keys, Osborne Park, Rockingham Beach, Subiaco, South Fremantle, South Lakes, Southern River, Wanagara, Whitfords, Willetton.

*Perth City will be open late on a Friday night.

Don’t foget to check out the I Love To Op Shop map here to find op shops in your local area.  It’s a work in progress but you’re able to add missing blanks by submitting shops here.

You can also find out more information on the Salvos Stores including their addresses, phone numbers and opening hours by clicking here.

Whenever you opt to op shop I hope you get lucky! Vicky!

The Op Shop Girl – An Op Shop Vlogger

The Op Shop Girl – An Op Shop Vlogger

The Op Shop Girl

“Op shops are my happy place, my home away from home!” – The Op Shop Girl

Hi there, I’m Melissa also known as ‘The Op Shop Girl’ on YouTube and I am so addicted to op shopping that I create three videos a week on my YouTube channel.

I film op shopping vlogs, upcycling videos and also op shop hauls where I show you all the amazing thrifted treasures I find at my local op shops. I love op shopping as I prefer to give clothing and homewares a second life and reuse, I don’t like to look like everyone else in what i’m wearing, so op shopping helps me to create unique outfits at a bargain price and I actually prefer second hand and vintage over brand new and have been an avid op shopper since I was about 5 years old.

I love knowing that things I buy at the op shops such as fashion, homewares and furniture all have a history. To me it’s comforting and somewhat magical. Op shopping makes me so very happy, I can’t get enough of it, it relax’s me and makes me feel good and I love sharing my op shopping adventures with other people to hopefully inspire them to try op shopping too.

Today I thought I would share with you one of my op shop hauls from the recent National Op Shop Week 2018 celebrations we had here in Australia. I filmed 6 op shopping videos during National Op Shop Week. Hope you enjoy this video where we head out to the 50% Salvos sale and be sure to leave a comment saying hello or just a line about why you love op shopping too.

The Op Shop Girl – Keep In Touch

I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel here and join our lovely thrifted little family just click the YouTube picture below.

Feel free to also follow my Facebook page as I often post photos of treasures I find in my local op shops and sometimes post the odd thrifted too.

I’m also on Instagram and I love posting lots of pink shabby chic thrifted themed photos.

Thank you so much for joining me for today’s op shopping adventure and happy thrifting xo

Would you like to contribute to the site?

Drop me a message to get in  touch if you’d like to share your op shop love with the I Love To Op Shop community. You might sew, vlog, blog, write or sing!  If it’s thrifted, upcycled, recycled I’m sure they’d like to know more – Vicky
Salvos Stores Epsom Coming Soon!

Salvos Stores Epsom Coming Soon!

Salvos Stores Epsom adds another op shop to the Bendigo op shop circuit.

If you feel like volunteering a few hours I’m sure they’ll be on the hunt for a few friendly helpers.

It sounds like it is opening next door to Aldi which is at 182/192 Midland Hwy, Epsom VIC 3551.

There should be plenty of parking then!

Salvos Stores Epsom

I’m guessing like most Salvos Store’s they will be open 6 days a week but I’ll add more info to the map once I know.

Don’t forget to also check which colour is being discounted to half price each week.  On Tuesdays Salvos Stores also offer 20{98a7930dbfa0453ecfead81e34b5fce2118c3d8c61f5bd429d1ed5d8af0092e7} off for pensioners and on Wednesday it’s 20{98a7930dbfa0453ecfead81e34b5fce2118c3d8c61f5bd429d1ed5d8af0092e7} off for students.

You can find out where more Salvos Stores are via their website here.

If you know of any op shops opening, closing or moving please drop me a message.

I’d also love some contributors if writing or photography is your creative outlet.

Frankston Op Shop Tour Announcement

Frankston Op Shop Tour Announcement

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.

 

Op Shops on Ebay

Op Shops on Ebay

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.

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