Okay, I was sucked into this store because I’ve seen it for the last 10 years on a Sunday morning when I visit the Camberwell Market. The place overflows with donations that are often picked through by odd bods.
I hadn’t been inside for a few years but thought it was worthy of an inspection, despite my apprehension of these chain store Op Shops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We stumbled across this little treasure after having brunch at Boundary Espresso further down Plenty Road. If it hadn’t been for the bright blue paint on the brickwork, I may have just walked by and not explored but I do love blue and there was a stenciled sign that said MADMAN VINTAGE so I had to go in.
Each item has a story and if the could talk, the tales they would tell. For example these lights – where they on a desk, bedside table, drawing board for an draftsperson? Who knows.
Some of the more eclectic pieces are table lamps, sculptures, artwork and even old kids toys.
These statues above were interesting and a little out of character for the shop but it’s these very things that make this place enjoyable to visit.
What will you find here?
- Retro and Vintage homewares
- Retro and Vintage furniture
- Industrial furniture, bits and bobs
- 50’s and 60’s lighting
- Old bedside clocks and phones
- Large furniture items like tables and desks
OPENING HOURS: Couldn’t source them
PHONE: Couldn’t source one
PARKING: Parking is pretty good out the front although on a Sunday the local church around the corner means lots of parishioners park their cars nearby. There are no meters but there are time limits.
TRANSPORT: There are buses that go along Plenty Road. Click here for more information.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access if you are say, using a frame or crutches but not in a wheelchair.
ATM: There is a Cashcard ATM at 197 Plenty Road.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DELIVERY: Madman Vintage can arrange delivery if you live a reasonable distance at your expense. Please discuss with the staff regarding freight arrangements and the companies that they use.
DOGS: Not 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: Plenty of cafes and restaurants very close along Plenty Road.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets at some of the cafes but you may need to buy a coffee.
Website – No account
On Facebook – No account
On Instagram – No account but #madmanvintage
On Twitter – No account #madmanvintage
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