Month: April 2017

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Savers – Ringwood


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This is an Op Shop on steroids!

Savers was founded in the USA by Bill Ellison in 1954. By the 1980’s they had expanded into Canada and more recently in 2010 into¬†Australia. They have become very popular due to the size of the stores and range of items you can buy.

This photo (above) is of the Ringwood store in the middle of the day. I estimate around 50 + people in the store including kids at 3.30pm on a Friday.

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand, Repurpose & Upcycle

Used Pty Ltd – Fitzroy


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Entering Used is like entering an olfactory sensation of oils  including ‘Organoil’ products which help bring out the best in timber and preserve the items as well.

Stock is always changing so head on down to find that one-off wow piece to add to your own space and that brings back memories and niggles something inside you that arouses times gone by. Add the beauty of the vintage pieces as well as the visual cannonball of goods – this place is a must visit.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Salvos Op Shop – Ringwood


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These larger chain Op Shops I have a love/hate relationship with. On one hand I totally support their commitment to putting money back into the community but on the other hand it gripes me that they overprice things.

With my last review of a Salvos store in Geelong, I was hoping this one would be as stylish and beautifully presented with their stock but alas – it’s just another Salvo’s store.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Itchycoo Park Vintage – Thornbury


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Such a shame that this store is moving this month but I had to write it up because it’s been part of the area for a while and has a loyal following. If you are like a magpie and collect odds and sods, then this is the place for you.

Owner Meg Searls opened this shop and filled it to the brim with her own range of collectables, kitschy wares, vintage clothing, colourful kitchenwares, records, jewellery and more.

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