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Northern Care Works Op Shop – Preston

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You can’t miss this place because it’s so big and the front garden is full of vegetables, bike rims and signs that direct you where to go within the complex.

This is a Church and has a front and rear section. The front houses the clothing and odds and sods whereas the rear has the kitchen ware, furniture, books, records and so on. It’s a large space and plenty to scrounge through.

The clothing section is well organised with cute mannequins such as below looking fabulous and my daughter almost bought this outfit because of the way it was displayed.

Below you can see the rear of the store that is full of furniture, tables, sideboards and more. There aren’t unique and special bargains here. This is a basic Op Shop that sells basic stuff. Highly unlikely you’ll come across a ‘one-off’ special Eames chair here.

There are plenty of items for kids as well with the clothing rack spilling over with colourful kiddy ware. Plus the toys were plentiful and I would let your children explore this in their own time because they are some of the best at finding treasure.

Despite the size of this place, it was fairly easy for me to navigate my way around and as I always know what I’m looking for, I tend to head straight for those items rather than look at say….glassware.

I’m sure this means I miss out on a lot of great items but I visit so many Op Shops, Secondhand Stores and Markets I’m on a mission for just what I want. As with many of these faith-based Op Shops, money goes back into the community and to causes that they support.

OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm. Saturday 9am – 4pm.

PHONE: (03) 9484 4788

LOCATION: 81 High Street, Preston

PARKING: Parking is pretty good out the front but there are time restrictions so note them before getting out of your car. There are meters.

TRANSPORT: There are buses and trams that go along High Street. Click here for more information.

DISABLED ACCESS: It’s quite spacious so if you have a wheelchair it’s fairly easy to navigate your way around.

ATM: You can pay by using eftpos, cash or credit card. There are a number of ATM’s along High Street.


DONATIONS: Please drop off all donations between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Saturday. They also provide a free collection service that operates in and around Melbourne’s north, Monday to Thursday. To arrange a collection, please call 9484 4788 weekdays between 9:30am – 4:30pm.

DOGS: Not allowed inside. Do not leave your dog in the car for safety reasons. If needed, tie the dog up outside and put some water out for it.

FOOD: You can get refreshments and light snacks at some of the cafes that are sprinkled along High Street.

TOILET FACILITIES: There is a toilet on site but please ask at counter. There are toilets at some of the cafes but you may need to buy a coffee.


Website – NCCC

On Facebook – Northern Community Care Work Op Shop

On Instagram –  #northerncommunitycareworksopshop

On Twitter – No account

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Happy hunting!

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