Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Salvos Op Shop – Brunswick


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With an eager teenage daughter who is an excellent Op Shopper, she lured me into this large chain Op Shops but what the hell. She immediately heads for the clothes, I immediately head for the furniture.

Brunswick like most other stores of this size are well laid out with space to move around. Items are organised by colour not size. I really would prefer size first, than colour within that size – I know I’m asking a lot but it wastes time pulling out clothes that the colour is great but is a medium.  (more…)

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Diamond Valley Community Op Shop – MacLeod


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Found myself back in MacLeod, a gorgeous little suburb that isn’t on the main roads so is nestled around larger postcodes. But don’t get me wrong, this place is gorgeous with a strip of shops that pretty much cater for all your needs. Plus it has two Op Shops – so it’s gotta be good right!

DVCS is managed by a committed and skilled group of volunteers many of whom reside in the local community. The Volunteer staff who interview clients are fully trained and accredited in provision in community information. This course is recognised nationally. (more…)

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Wonga Park Farmers’ Market – Wonga Park


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This was only the second time that the market ran and already they’ve found their mojo. Based out of the 120 year old Wonga Park Primary School, this Farmers’ Market has taken a proactive stance in having quality growers and suppliers showcasing and selling their wares.

With so much fresh local produce on offer, it is a culinary delight to explore the produce and chat with the growers and makers.  (more…)

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Lions Opportunity Shop – Warrandyte


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The Warrandyte Lions Club Opportunity Shop is located smack in the centre of town and therefore, attracts a lot of locals and tourists, particularly over the weekend.

Although the store isn’t large, it’s well laid out and there is plenty of stock to sift through. All clothes appear to be clean, well hung and put in size order which works for me.

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Bellarine Community Farmer’s Market – Ocean Grove


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My local Ocean Grove friend brought me here as we are big fans of markets, garage sales, secondhand stores and op shops. She knows I love a Farmers Market so off we trotted. Clearly this market is in its infancy but off to a good start.

This is a ‘produce only’ market with the main aim to bring together local farmers, community gardens, backyard growers and producers to provide fresh food and produce direct to the public. Centralising this at Ocean Grove seems to have paid off.

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Southbank Market – Melbourne


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This market has been running for a number of years and it’s all about handmade, homemade and for some stallholders – upcycled. The quality of the local art and crafts is of a high calibre and take the time to speak to the designers as they often have a great tale to tell.

Whether you’re after a hat for the races, handbag, jewellery, artwork, gift cards or more, the Southbank Market showcases some f the best local Melbourne artistic talent.

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Clavel 20th Century Design – Thornbury


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What a treat to come upon this place when looking for a brunch place. From the outside I thought it was a cafe but could see eclectic items on the side and out the front so thought I better explore. So happy I did.

Clavel is located opposite the well-known Carwyn Cellars and is a fairly large-sized warehouse jam-packed with mostly furniture – lots of chairs (and I mean lots).  (more…)