I love shopping more than anything and when I discovered op shopping I now love it even more.
Not knowing what you will come across has a great feel about it.
It’s always fun finding some unique treasures at the op shop or antique shop.
Here are some tips about op shopping to help you have a great experience:
Try not to be a sceptic
I have found so many pieces that I never thought I would find at an op shop. From brand new Wayne Cooper heels I purchased for $10 and they retailed for over $150. To a vintage chair I picked up for $10 it went perfectly in my beauty room.
Don’t forget op shopping isn’t always second hand goods sometimes big shops, designers and companies donate to op shops.
Look for quality
The good thing about buying second hand is that you can still buy quality clothes at a fraction of the price.
Be picky so you don’t end up with junk and things that will just be sitting in your wardrobe for years to come, look for real leather, silks, and high grade cotton. I love going through some knit tops.
I have found some brand new toys and things to keep my little one entertained. I found the Fisher and Price letterbox for $10, which retailed for $60 at the time.
Choose your op shops wisely
I find the richer posh areas have better things and great quality items. It’s not always the case but 8 out of 10 times it is.
Have a look here to see if there’s an op shop near you or an area that you will be visiting. I always try and add at least one op shop visit on my day’s journey.
Most of all it’s fun and you get a little buzz from it. You know that feeling when you have to go to the shops because you’re looking for a specific thing?
Well the beauty of op shopping is that you go there not knowing what you will find. I get a nice thrill like a treasure hunt and everyone loves a bargain.
Don’t forget to check out the jewellery section for timeless pieces that don’t date.
Go with the kids
It’s great to go with the kids, mine loves the toy section and points to everything while I get to have a look at the things that interest me. The toy section usually has so much variety to keep the little ones busy so you can have a decent browse.
Someone else’s junk can be another’s treasure.
Do you go op shopping? Please share your experience below.