December Thrift Haul – Just a Melbourne Mummy

December Thrift Haul – Just a Melbourne Mummy

Latest Youtube thrift haul from an I Love To Op Shop group member Cody who’s picked up some amazing bargains.

December Thrift Haul – Just a Melbourne Mummy shows us her op shopped haul.

Cody show’s off her latest op shopped finds

You can subscribe to Cody’s Youtube channel here or to her beutiful Instagram page here.

I love how in one shop she’s planned ahead for her son and treated friends and family.

Have you had a great haul recently? What did you find?

Style Me Five Ways with Kira Thomas

Style Me Five Ways with Kira Thomas

Style Me Five Ways with Kira Thomas

Kira Thomas is an I Love To Op Shop group members and I discovered runs a fabulous site called Style Me Five Ways.

I’ve been in her group for a few months now and it’s a beautiful place to ask for style ideas and advice.

She is a qualified style consultant so you’re in good hands and you can ask advice from other group members on how to wear clothes or what to wear with them.

I asked Kira to tell me a bit about herself and if she’d share what she does with us.

Over to you Kira!

Hi my name is Kira Thomas, I am a mum of 5 kids, wife and I am an Internationally Accredited Image Consultant – completing my training in 2008 BK (before kids haha).
At the start of 2018 I was approached by my best mate who thought we should do something along the lines of SMFW, the idea was manifested and grew to what it is now.
Style Me Five Ways came about after I had 5 kids and myself coming out of what I refer to as ‘Mummy Rut’. Even with my knowledge and experience I still fell into the Mummy Rut.

Mummy Rut

Mummy Rut to me is when women move into the phase of having kids. We devote all of our energy and time to our kids, home, husbands/wives, families, work, businesses and friends. So much so that at the end of the day there is nothing left for us.
We slowly or quickly loose ourselves. Our style goes out the window and we grab and buy what is quick, easy, comfortable and for me stretchy so that it could accommodate my ever changing & fluctuating body shape.

The Style Me Five Ways concept is to have every item in your wardrobe able to be styled 5 different ways simply by adding layers. This could be jacket, cardigan, blazer, scarves, layering a top over a dress to make a top and skirt combo or by adding accessories eg. necklace, hats, a different pair of shoes, belts, earrings etc.
My aim is that when you go shopping that SMFW is in the forefront of your mind and it makes you stop and think before you purchase an item. ‘What 5 Ways can I wear this, with what I already have to make 5 new outfits’.
This will also help stop the impulse purchases, the clothes sitting in your wardrobe that you don’t wear, the items that hang in your wardrobe with tags still on them and the thoughts of ‘I have nothing to wear’..

I have a closed Facebook group for women only here and in this group one of my followers asked me a question recently. ‘What are some of my favourite shops to shop at’? This was an easy one for me to answer ‘Op Shops’ 100% my all time favourite shop!! At least half of my wardrobe is from Op Shops!

The reasons I absolutely Love To Op Shop

  1. You have the opportunity to find unique pieces that are timeless, that have classic cuts, they are not necessarily what the latest trends are. Although you can still find these as trends come and go so the items you find that are on trend are not the ones you are finding in the shops. You may be wearing a trend piece it isn’t the same one as everyone else has brought from the department stores.
  2. You find unique pieces, vintage pieces, name brand labels that have stood the test of time – this also translates to your style and to Be YOUnique!
  3. The Clothes are of great quality, as they have been the items in the wardrobe that people don’t wear as much or sitting in the closet for months to years. They are in great condition that’s why they are being donated not thrown out plus they are then quality checked by the wonderful volunteers before they hit the racks.
  4. You never know what you are going to find which for me adds to the excitement. For me its like a treasure hunt & Christmas morning when you find that item you have been wanting and hoping to find.
  5. It is very budget friendly! If you don’t have a big budget or if you like a bargain, you will find something!

Shopping in Op Shops is a little different to the conventional department stores so I have put together some tips for shopping in op shops

Tips for shopping in Op Shops

  1. Make a list of what you need or are missing from your wardrobe (this helps to bring it into your life telling the universe what you need) you never know what you will find.
  2. Keep an open mind to finding those little gems, unlike conventional shops you can go in with your list and 90% of the time find what you need or are looking for. Op shopping can be hit and miss so keep an open mind for finding other items you didn’t think you would find.
  3. Go when you have time to really look through and try things on, and in my experience try and leave the kids & hubby home unless hubby loves op shopping too haha.
  4. As Op Shops stock donations they can be months or years old. Sizing these days change from country to country, store to store, label to label and even with the same store and label. Don’t just look in your size, look in sizes above and below and again try things on. You will be surprised what fits.
  5. If you are handy on the sewing machine or know someone that is think about having the garments altered, even by a dressmaker as the garments are at such a discount you still wouldn’t be paying full price with adding the cost of alterations to it.
  6. For the ladies look in the menswear sections also – boyfriend fit is in – and all that means is its over sized or has a different cut so look at the mens jeans, denim jackets, blazers, shirts. I personally have a couple of business shirts from mens wear section from Op Shops.
  7. Lastly some days you will score great finds, others you wont. Don’t be discouraged, just leave it a couple of weeks and head back again. Also, if you are away in another town and you have time head to their local op shops and see what great finds you can score.

Donating to Op Shops

When it comes to cleaning out your own wardrobe & donating to Op Shops – what I do with my clients in their Wardrobe Consult is I have them take everything out of their wardrobe and place it on their bed.
I then have them go through every single item, assessing one by one and ask these simple questions:-

  • Do I love this and have I worn this recently (last 6 mths or in the last season winter, summer, spring or autumn)?
  • Does it still fit me? (try it on if your not sure)
  • If I saw it in the shops today would I buy it?
  • Does this still fit my style?
  • Can I style it 5 different ways?

If you answer ‘YES’ then move onto the next question, if you answer ‘YES’ to all the questions then put it back into your wardrobe.
If you answered ‘NO’ to any of the questions put it in the ‘Maybe’ pile.
After you have sorted through everything including shoes, scarves, accessories, move to your maybe pile.
You now sort through the maybe pile into

  • not ready to depart with (sentimental reasons or see if will wear in the next 3-6 mths)
  • Donate pile to you local Op Shop for those clothes that are still in great condition no holes, tears etc.
  • Throw out pile, for those that have holes and aren’t in good condition (also check with your local Op Shop as some have rag bags)

You can then make a list of what you need to replace or purchase to have a better understanding what is missing from your wardrobe currently – those pieces that can pull it all together or add that finishing touch.

I have included my ‘Must Have Basics’ below for clothes and shoes.

Big thank you Kira! I love what you’re doing and boosting this mum to get out of her mum rut!.

You can follow Kira’s fantastic page Style Me Five Way’s here.

You can also follow the Instagram fun here.

You can join the Style Me Five Ways’s Women’s group on Facebook here.

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.


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


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.

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