Huge thanks to Emma from the awesome Round She Goes Preloved Fashion Markets for taking time out to tell us a bit about her op shopping pastime.
If you’re a fan of vintage, designer and supporting recycled fashions this is one market not to miss. There are several locations and markets are held through the year, Facebook and website info below.
- What has been your most treasured op shop find and why?
My weakness in life is designer handbags, especially ones that I get without paying RRP! The first one I ever found in an op shop was a 1970s Christian Dior in perfect condition. Granted, it was $50 but worth every cent. I love it and will never part with it.
- Do you have any op shop tips?
If you frequent op shops, my tip would be to keep notes. I have a copy of the Victorian Op Shop Guide and I keep it in the car. If I have an appointment somewhere, I always give it a cheeky glace in case there is an op shop nearby. I make notes about what I found there in the book or if they don’t tend to have things that I like.
- Do you have a favourite op shop?
My favourite op shop/s are any in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. This is where I grew up and so I love going back and seeing familiar stuff. When I’m there, I’m constantly saying things like, ‘We used to have that table! My mum had this exact teapot! Nostalgia and bargains, you can’t beat it.
- What department do you head for first in an op shop?
I tend to go for different departments depending on what I’m interested in or collecting at that time. My biggest weakness is books.
- Who is your favourite person to take op shopping?
My husband Lee. He is as into op shopping as me but he’s into collecting music. It’s great, we get to compare finds and get excited about our treasures together.
Thanks Emma!! You can find out more about Round She Goes Markets by checking out the website here or the Facebook pages below (split by area)
I’m hoping to ask Emma a few questions about the markets soon so watch this space. Dates for upcoming markets are confirmed as follows
Melbourne/Coburg Town Hall on Sunday 22 March
Adelaide/German Club Hall on Saturday 2 May
Melbourne/Box Hill Town Hall Saturday 9 May
Sydney/Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday 16 May
In the meantime if the op shops are closed but you still need a preloved fashion fix you can buy online via their website by clicking the image below.
Items online include some of these beauties.