Who doesn’t love op shopping? Whilst one man’s trash might be another man’s treasure, the chance to pick up a bargain and save yourself some cash in the process, is something that is very appealing. The best op shops in Melbourne have a massive selection of goods, ranging from sofas, dining tables and clothes, to books, DVDs and artwork, which could all be useful to you. There are plenty of retail outlets dotted around the city for you to check out, and the ones below are always well-stocked.
Located in Clarendon Street, within an ex-Lamborghini showroom, Sacred Heart South Melbourne sells an eclectic range of second-hand goods, primarily to raise awareness and funds about the Sacred Heart Mission. Known for the excellent quality of their second hand designer clothes, as well as a fascinating range of bric-a-brac and vintage wares, the store is very welcoming. Boasting a light, bright and airy feel, its high ceilings and well thought out use of space makes shopping here a very pleasant experience.
The Salvos Stores South Melbourne is widely recognised as being one of the best op shops in Melbourne. Open every day of the week except Sunday, you will also find it in Clarendon Street and when you get there you will see a wide range of pre-loved goods that have generously been donated by locals within the community. You can pick up some real quality pieces here and prices are very reasonable too. As there are new arrivals every day, it’s always worth coming back to see what has just come in.
Yet another thrift store on Clarendon Street, the Australian Red Cross South Melbourne op shop offers a fabulous range of both new and also donated pre-loved clothes, homewares and other accessories. Raising money to help those in need, both in Australia and abroad, they are one of almost 180 stores in the country and are open every day of the week. The staff here are very friendly and helpful and the range is always beautifully presented. They also have regular sales here too, so you can usually pick up a great deal.
The Brotherhood of St. Laurence, (also known as the BSL), is a social justice organisation who are on a mission to reduce and prevent poverty across Australia. Operating over 20 stores throughout Melbourne, their shop in the Royal Arcade Basement of Bourke Street is one of their most popular. Showcasing a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of goodies, which includes everything from clothes and shoes to homewares and jewellery, you could easily wile away a couple of hours happily browsing through them all.
Over on Bank Street, the South Melbourne Community Chest Op Shop is considered by many to be one of the best op shops in Melbourne. A non-profit organisation who are committed to raising funds to help the most vulnerable groups in the community groups, all the profits made from sales are ploughed back into the local area. Their range of products includes clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac, books and small furniture in good condition and their staff work tirelessly to create a shopping environment that is easy for you to visit.