How can you not love a shop that has the cutest little puppy asleep on a velvet pillow on the counter? This is one of the shabbiest stores but also one of the loveliest. It doesn’t have a huge amount of stock and is a little messy but there are bargains to be had and the staff are truly delightful.
The volunteers are genuinely passionate about their cause and donations are gratefully accepted. Please come with small change as it’s difficult to exchange large notes.
Be prepared for something of a scrounge in this store. There are some bargains to be had and it’s not well picked through. I found some lovely jewellery pieces that just needed a tweak with some pliers (I own jewellery pliers) and boom – I’ll have a stunning necklace to add to my collection.
The organisation behind this Op Shop is Animal Liberation Victoria also known as ALV. They have a team that investigates factory farms for over 20 years, rescuing sick animals and exposing the horrific conditions endured by billions of animals. ALV’s actions draws attention to animal abuse are regularly covered in media around the world, helping spread the message of compassion.
LOCATION: 1355 Toorak Rd, Burwood (although this store is sometimes listed as being in Camberwell)
PHONE: (03) 9889 9435
PARKING: There is unmetered parking along Toorak Road with a one hour limit which is plenty of time to walk up and down this little strip of shops.
TRANSPORT: There are trams running right out the front. You can find tram timetables here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access out the front with one step into the store. Wheelchair friendly but would be very tight.
ATM: There are a number of ATM’s nearby but the Commonwealth Bank one is at 1401 Toorak Road.
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: Couldn’t find local toilets although there is a McDonalds about 500m away on the east side of Warrigal Road. You could use them. Otherwise ask the staff in the store – they are very helpful.
SOCIAL MEDIA: There is no social media presence for this store.
WEBSITE: There is a link to this site here.
DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours if possible.
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