Red Cross has 30+ Op shops in Victoria alone each with their own way of presenting their wares and layout of the store. The Croydon Red Cross Op Shop is by the far the best one in this busy town that is home to three other Op Shops.
There are many good bargains in this store and if you’re into handbags, I always find some good bargains here.
Located in the Main Street in the middle of the shopping precinct, it’s hard not to be lured into the store with the lovely mannequin displays in the window and vibrant colours oozing from within. Nearly all the clothes are racked in colour rather than in size, which is my favourite way of shopping because there are colours I know I won’t wear.
Even the shoes are displayed with a theme and at the time of writing this which was in the middle of the Spring Racing Carnival, there are some clever displays of bags, shoes, clothes, accessories, hats and belts.
Red Cross claim that they save 450 tonnes of clothing from landfill per year! Woah! If that’s what just what the Red Cross does, think about the other collective organisations such as Vinnies, Salvos, Brotherhood of St. Lawrence and Sacred Heart Mission. If they all didn’t charge so much for basic items I believe they would have more visitors and a higher turnover of stock. The Salvos store in Chapel Street is always busy and the prices a little cheaper than other stores but $10 for a saucepan? Get real. Anyway, back to the Croydon store: funds raised help Red Cross’ well known humanitarian activities around the world and we’ve all seen the work they do when there is a crisis -truly a great organisation.
A little note about this Op Shop – prices are creeping up. What I would’ve bought for $5 two years ago is now $10 – $15 which is starting to put it into the field of the other larger Op Shops mentioned previously in this post. The quality of their clothes are better but frankly, I struggle with paying $30 for a handbag that retails for the same price. In saying that, this is clearly the most outstanding Op Shop in Croydon.
Shop 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Thursday / 9 am – 5.30 pm Friday / 9 am – 4.30 pm Saturday
LOCATION: 114 Main Street, Croydon.
PHONE: (03) 9725 9516
PARKING: There is one hour unmetered parking up and down Main Street or longer parking behind the Croydon Cinema.
TRANSPORT: The train station is a two-minute walk away and several bus routes that go through Croydon.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on Main Street. Easy access for wheelchairs as aisles are wide.
ATM: There are numerous ATM’s up and down Main Street.
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: Nearest toilets are behind the Op Shop in Croydon Park or at 95 Main Street, Croydon or at Croydon Station.
FACEBOOK – Red Cross Op Shops
INSTAGRAM: Red Cross Australia @redcrossau or #redcrossopshopcroydon
DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours if possible.