Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Uniting Care Op Shop – Ormond Village, Geelong


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This is one of the cutest Op Shops along the Bellarine Highway and is worth a visit – but note that it is small but has some good bargains.

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It’s been operating for 20+ years and came to fruition with the help of the St Andrews Op Shop who secured the current site.

Now here are some interesting facts: This Op Shop is staffed by over 40 volunteers who work on set rostered days. Now that is a commitment. Many of the volunteers have been working at the Shop since its inception.

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Volunteering brings the best in people. They get to know their regulars but also chat to people just passing through. These interactions are priceless and often create ongoing relationships and friendships within the community.

UnitingCare Geelong have six Op Shops that are solely run by volunteers. Each Shop has their own manager or committee of management as well as a whole team of volunteers to make it work.

The stores are located at Ormond Road, Drysdale, Point Lonsdale, Corio, Hamlyn Heights and Highton. Click here for all the location addresses.

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The UnitingCare community are as strong as 300 active volunteers work at six UnitingCare Geelong opportunity shops. Their work is tireless and often thankless but their contribution back into the community is priceless.

Big note here: 40% of their income comes from the Op Shops so please support where you can as money goes straight back into community projects and welfare.

OPENING HOURS: 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday

LOCATION: Shop 8, 140 Ormond Road, East Geelong

PHONE: (03) 5221 4068

PARKING: There is plenty of parking in front of the store, parallel parking.

TRANSPORT: Plenty of buses coming in and out of Geelong on their way to Ocean Grove.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access out the front with one step into the store. Wheelchair friendly but would be very tight.

ATM: They take cash only.

ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.

DOGS: Just tie them up outside in the shade and please clean up any mess they make. Be mindful of them in hot weather.

TOILET FACILITIES: Please ask staff about toilets. There are a number of fast food places nearby that have toilets.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook – couldn’t find a profile

Instagram but #unitingcareopshop

WEBSITE: There is a link to this site here.

DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours if possible.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Ormond Village Op Shop. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting.

Explore & Inspire, Living Simply, Outdoor Education

If not now, when?


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Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.

Leap.

Breathe.

Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.

Credit to Seth Godin. You can find this on his blog here

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Salvos Little Shed Thrift Shop – Leopold, Geelong


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I’ve picked up a few bargains at this store over the years. It’s bigger than you think and in the warmer month, most people enter via the roller door shed into the furniture section. Here you’ll find couches, beds, mattresses, tables as well as frames, bric-a-brac and so on. 

The shop has an army of volunteers who work tirelessly to step up and assist the ongoing work of The Salvation Army.  All hail the volunteers as these places wouldn’t exist without them.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

The Wave Baptist Church Op Shop – Ocean Grove


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This Op Shop is very popular with locals as well as tourist when they arrive in town and realise they’ve left the fitted sheets at home.

There are two parts to the Op Shop – the actually shop where there are clothes, jewellery books etc. and then a kind of shed to the right where the older stuff and items in less good condition are stored. Don’t let that put you off as there are bargains to be had in here.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Brougham Street Markets – Geelong


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Geelong just keeps on giving. Op Shops, Markets and the most abundant amount of Antique / Bazaars that are packed full of treasure.

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The Brougham Street Market is in the centre of Geelong in the 100 year old historic Dennys Lascelles Wool Store.  Close to the waterfront, you can spend around an hour at least here inspecting all the goodies on display. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

How Bazaar Antiques – North Geelong


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Unlike many of the trendier Secondhand places look upmarket and funky but don’t let the exterior put you off. This is place is a treasure trove of eclectic pieces for everyone in the family.

Note: this place is probably more for blokes than chicks but as someone who loves everything old, vintage, retro, recycled, repurposed, upcycled, restored and quirky – I found this place brilliant.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Kyo – Ocean Grove


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I’d say I’ve visited this place every time I visit Ocean Grove which is at least four times a year. Each time, I find something new and interesting as well as those old familiar pieces that I can rely on. This is a trade warehouse that is also open to the public.

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There is a very large range of funky, unique and interesting pieces from all around the world albeit with a little bit of an Asian flavour. The owners source their stock from Argentina, India, China and Japan but I’m sure places like Korea and Bali are included in this.  (more…)