Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

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.
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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand, Repurpose & Upcycle

Hunter Gatherer – Fitzroy


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I’m personally not into retro or vintage clothing for myself but do love it when I see someone who carries it off well. Many of those folk come here – to Hunter Gatherer in Fitzroy.

This place is jammed with the most amazing array of clothes from boots, pants, skirts, dresses, hats, gloves, bags and more. For the guys you will be able to find nice fat ties, cravats, blazers and the occasional pointy toed shoes.

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Camberwell Fresh Food Market – Camberwell


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The Camberwell Fresh Food Market is an integral part of the Camberwell Village shopping experience. Located in the centre of Camberwell you’ll find organic fruit and vegetables plus a large range of fresh fish, meat and poultry. Bonus – the most stunning flowers are available – do love my hydrangea.

Interesting facts: Where the market is on was  originally a horse carriage factory and in the 1930’s became a produce market, servicing the market growers of the area. In 1992 a serious fire damaged most of the market, during the repairs the stall holders traded from a temporary premises. The site was also refurbished in 2002.

Many stall holders are second and third generation family run business and still trade in the traditional style marketing.

In December 2004 two new mosaics were made by Helen Bodycomb and René Schaefer were installed in the market and add a colourful entrance to the market.

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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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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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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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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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