Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop – South Melbourne

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There aren’t many Op Shops that are open seven days a week, let alone do a roaring trade but the Sacred Heart Mission store in Clarendon Street South Melbourne absolutely rocks it! Popular with locals and visitors to the trendy Clarendon Street, the turnover of stock is phenomenal which means a weekly visit will always have surprises.

I remember when this store was a Lamborghini showroom years and years ago which is kinda funny that it now sells secondhand goods. You can see by the large frontage windows and light walls that this was set up to reflect the very best of the floor stock. So even secondhand goods can come off looking great here.

With two large windows there is plenty of room to create a theme that is eye-catching and enticing. Once you walk inside, stock is clearly laid out so you can find what you like. I’m more of a kitchen wares kinda gal but my daughters are more into clothes. At this South Melbourne store, it’s easily accessible with lots of space between racks and spacious changing rooms to try clothes in. Some of stock is put into clever displays and how could you resist not snapping a photo of this 1950’s yellow number (below).

Speaking to staff, they were passionate about the funds they raise going to good causes, in particular serving meals for those less fortunate in St Kilda and environs. They were so grateful for this post and any publicity as it would mean extra business and therefore, extra dollars.

The Sacred Heart Mission run engagement hubs which include either a dining hall or meals program as well as a women’s house. You can click here for more information.

Money contributes to the St Kilda dining hall that caters for up to 500 people for lunch and dinner each week for free. each day 20 volunteers and four professional staff whip up a culinary treat for their clientelle. The dining hall relies on generous donations from local bakeries, cafes, farmers, catering companies, restaurants and food rescue agencies. All donations are gratefully appreciated.

With a cost of $3.70 per meal, that’s quite a turnover of food and dollars to help those out who need a hearty meal. For homeless people, the dining hall provides the basic food needs each day as well as connecting with others who are in similar predicaments and engaging with support services that can assist people where needed.

The Women’s House is run on a similar set of guiding principles but acknowledges that women’s needs are unique and therefore, the space is for women only and provides a safe and warm environment to attend.

Music bops away as you meander through the aisles which you need to explore at least twice to really take it all in. Walk in and turn right is clothing for females, turn left is clothing for men and books. At the rear is home wares and miscellaneous items. Not much large furniture here even though it could stock it but I’d say clothes and everyday items make more dollars and this is a business.
Like many Op Shops that are as part of a chain, prices aren’t like the good old days. Although there are bargains to be had, some everyday items are more expensive than new. As I’ve stated before, I don’t mind buying something secondhand at the same price as new because I’m an advocate of less stuff being produced. However, I resent paying more. I’m sure many Op Shops that are based on volunteers have the same issue that whoever is putting a price on an item has a different value base. Some think clothes are valuable, other think books are. I also worry that people buy on consignment come through and sift through the racks as although the clothes are good, they don’t represent the demographic.

OPENING HOURS: 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Sunday

LOCATION: 365 Clarendon Street South Melbourne

PHONE: (03) 9690 3392

PARKING: South Melbourne has reasonably good parking but check the signs for clear ways and the amount of time you can park. Some are one hour, others are a quarter or half. Parking Inspectors are vigilant so don’t get caught.

TRANSPORT: There is good public transport via tram up and down Clarendon Street. Check local timetables for trams here.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on Clarendon Street. One step into shop. Wide aisles facilitate easy access for wheelchairs.

ATM: Bankwest at 206 Clarendon, NAB at 260 Clarendon, ANZ at 307 Clarendon, Redi at 378 Clarendon, Bendigo Bank at 338 Clarendon, Commonwealth at 277 Clarendon, Westpac at 201 Clarendon plus there is a Coles nearby.


DOGS: Just tie them up outside in the shade and please clean up any mess they make. Be mindful of them in hot weather. This little fella below) was enjoying the cool concrete floor inside to chill out on a hot day.

TOILET FACILITIES: Nearest toilets are in Eastern Street and open during daylight hours or Emerald Hill Library or Town Hall in Bank Street.


On Facebook – Sacred Heart Mission

Instagram – no account but #sacredheardmission

Twitter – no account but #sacredheartmission

Website – Sacred Heart Mission

DONATIONS: Please drop off donations during business hours. There is a drop point inside the shop right of the main counter. It’s well signed.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop in South Melbourne. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting


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