Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Repurpose & Upcycle, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Nook Vintage – Fitzroy


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Johnston Street is becoming a hot spot for retro, vintage and secondhand stores that sell a multitude of items that are unique to each store. I discovered this little shop nearly five years ago where I bought myself a hospital bedside table. I now have about four of them sprinkled around the house as kitchen items, bathroom storage and more.

Voted as one of the best second-hand furniture stores in Melbourne by Timeout Magazine, Nook Vintage has the most awesome range of vintage treasures and vintage inspired homewares. (more…)

Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand, Repurpose & Upcycle

Reclaimed – Collingwood


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I can’t stop dropping into this little treasure trove of goodies set in the not so trendy end of Johnston Street Collingwood. But – it’s starting to find its mojo and more and more funky places are popping up nearby.

Went in last week and was greeted by a lovely woman with her two dogs – Bacon and Googey. My daughter was totally charmed by the long-haired dachshund and when we got home, she was googling where to buy one.

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Canterbury Vintage – Canterbury


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Is it sacrilege to use an old Kombi is the front desk in a shop? At first it made me cringe but then I realised after talking with the owner Chris that this probably would’ve rusted in a paddock so they did their best to restore is knowing it would never be roadworthy.

Located on Canterbury Road opposite the amazing Maling Road, this is a new hot spot for vintage, retro and funky items. It is a must visit.

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All Sorts Opportunity Shop – Boronia


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Hidden away near the corner of Boronia Road and Dorset Road, this little Op Shop is jam-packed with goodies and treats and like a good Op Shop – you’ll have to troll through and find it.

Profits go to COM which is a non-profit organisation that is ‘seeing lives transformed’ in the nation of India.

The best way to enter is from the rear entrance in the Mall although you can enter via the Dorset Road entrance.

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Salvos Op Shop – Geelong


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Now I try not to review these larger chain Op Shops because they are often trashy and over priced but a dear Op Shopping friend said this was a must visit and I wasn’t disappointed.

This store has been styled by the Salvos team and they’ve done a superb job of making it easy to walk through, know where things are and have an easy Op Shopping experience.

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Salvos Thrift Shop – Moolap


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Oh Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula – you delight me with all your Secondhand Stores, Markets and Op Shops.

This one located on the Bellarine Highway means it’s an easy pull in from the main road on the way to Ocean Grove. 

The collection of wares are excellent and beautifully displayed. The quality is great and there isn’t any crappy stuff in this store. 

Clothes are arranged well by colour and easy to sort through with the racks not overflowing but nicely full.

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If you have some bigger items that you would like picked up, please contact the Shop on the number below and they will make arrangements with you. 

There is also a small cafe attached to this Op Shop but couldn’t quite work out why it was there. It may be a training facility or open on certain days, but was unable to get a definite answer.

OPENING HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday. 9 am – 4 pm Saturday.  Sunday – closed.

LOCATION: 509 Bellarine Highway, Moolap

PHONE: (03) 5250 6566

PARKING: There is plenty of parking in the carpark that has no limitations.

TRANSPORT: Plenty of buses coming in and out of Geelong that head towards Ocean Grove.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access into the store with nice wide aisles.

ATM: There are plenty of ATM’s within the vicinity.

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: There are toilet facilities in the store. Just ask the staff where they are.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook – Salvo Op Shop

Twitter: click here

Instagram: click here

WEBSITE: Salvo Op Shop

DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours if possible.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Salvos in Moolap. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting.

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Uniting Care Op Shop – Ormond Village, Geelong


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This is one of the cutest Op Shops along the Bellarine Highway and is worth a visit – but note that it is small but has some good bargains.

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It’s been operating for 20+ years and came to fruition with the help of the St Andrews Op Shop who secured the current site.

Now here are some interesting facts: This Op Shop is staffed by over 40 volunteers who work on set rostered days. Now that is a commitment. Many of the volunteers have been working at the Shop since its inception.

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Volunteering brings the best in people. They get to know their regulars but also chat to people just passing through. These interactions are priceless and often create ongoing relationships and friendships within the community.

UnitingCare Geelong have six Op Shops that are solely run by volunteers. Each Shop has their own manager or committee of management as well as a whole team of volunteers to make it work.

The stores are located at Ormond Road, Drysdale, Point Lonsdale, Corio, Hamlyn Heights and Highton. Click here for all the location addresses.

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The UnitingCare community are as strong as 300 active volunteers work at six UnitingCare Geelong opportunity shops. Their work is tireless and often thankless but their contribution back into the community is priceless.

Big note here: 40% of their income comes from the Op Shops so please support where you can as money goes straight back into community projects and welfare.

OPENING HOURS: 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday

LOCATION: Shop 8, 140 Ormond Road, East Geelong

PHONE: (03) 5221 4068

PARKING: There is plenty of parking in front of the store, parallel parking.

TRANSPORT: Plenty of buses coming in and out of Geelong on their way to Ocean Grove.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access out the front with one step into the store. Wheelchair friendly but would be very tight.

ATM: They take cash only.

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: Please ask staff about toilets. There are a number of fast food places nearby that have toilets.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook – couldn’t find a profile

Instagram but #unitingcareopshop

WEBSITE: There is a link to this site here.

DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours if possible.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the Ormond Village Op Shop. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting.