Rhythms Op Shop, Seven Hills

21 Aug

Sssh don’t tell anyone but this one of my favourite hunting grounds.

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Rhythms Op Shop in Seven Hills is a sure thing, a place where I can always find great preloved clothes. It’s also a joy to visit. The staff are super friendly and love a chat often asking me if I would like a cuppa whilst I browse the racks. The stock is edited so that only items in good condition make it onto the floor, no sifting through racks of pilled Kmart t-shirts or jeans with busted zippers.

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My other favourite reason for visiting this store on a regular basis is to check out the visual merchandising. These guys have a clever stylist on their team who has really lifted the edge of this store above other op shops. I’d compare the styling to the overpriced vintage stores in Newtown, only better with price tags comparable to Vinnies. The stylist uses their own collection of vintage/retro items which sadly are not for sale. Recently the shop had a face lift and I was bowled over by the effect of chalkboard walls used as price points lit with vintage lamps.

 

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This week’s visit didn’t let me down. I found an out of print book I’d been searching for quite a while for just 10 cents. Yes 10 cents! Also two linen tops, a classic Country Road shirt and a black Hammock & Vine oversized jacket. All that for under $10. I did of course take a much larger armful of clothes into the generously sized change room but as is the way with op shopping not everything fits. Everything is like a one-off, you have to take what you can get. Of all the great finds I had to put back on the rack I was saddest to leave this gorgeous raw silk Akira piece.

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Rhythms Op Shop is run by a local church who believe in grass-roots level community assistance. Yes the op shop itself is fabulous but there is also a lounge area at the back of the store to take a rest & have a chat.  They offer all types of assistance to those in need whether it be food or contact with relevant community services. As a nonreligious person myself I find this type of work really inspiring but not because it’s the work of the church, I’ve never once had that pushed on me in all my years of visiting this store but because it’s about community building. Good people doing good for others. Of course many of the big charity stores run on this principle also but it is always at Rhythms that I feel the love. The genuine care for those that walk through their door.

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Rhythms Op Shop is located at 154 Best road Seven Hills.

Tip: while you’re there… Pop around the corner to Boomerang Place where you will find some great Indian supermarkets and authentic Sri Lankan & Indian restaurants. Don’t leave empty-handed.

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11 Responses to “Rhythms Op Shop, Seven Hills”

  1. Adrian Jackson August 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Thanks for your really generous review. My wife, the manager, and one of our other pastors, Dan, are the stylists. They’ve worked really hard to get the place looking and feeling like that so it’s great to see their efforts recognised and to get what they do. Much appreciated.

  2. Sarah B-D August 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Wow – as a fellow opshopper (and not too far away either) I am so excited to read about this great shop! i can’t wait to visit – and I promise to leave some stuff for everybody else. p.s. why did you leave the Akira dress/top? I’m hoping it’s still there when I visit…

    • heather August 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      As of Thursday when I finished work for the week, the Akira was still there. I can hold it if you’re interested.

      • Sarah B-D August 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

        Yes I’d love that Heather if that’s ok? Cd come by Monday. No pressure if it’s gone or you’d rather not. Thanks again. Sarah.

      • Heather August 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

        Sarah, we are closed Mondays. But I’m happy to hold it if it’s still there until you can make it in. I can ask my volunteers to look for it tomorrow.

  3. Megan August 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    I found this beautiful shop 4 weeks ago and everything you wrote is spot on! The staff are delightful, the stock is Fab and I congratulated the manager personally about the wonderful look of the shop. I’ll be a regular visitor from now on!

  4. Shelley August 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    This looks like the best op shop you’ve ever been to…. See what community spirit and a bit of visual merchandising does? This calls for a trip to Sydney!

  5. violetannie63 August 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Looks like a great place! I’m jealous! I might be visiting Sydney sometime in the next few months so might have to make a little trip out to Seven Hills (even though I have no idea where that is and would probably get lost!). 🙂

  6. Julie September 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    I just stumbles accross this and am excited…I love the write up and the photo’s show its true…looking forward to dropping by…what are the open days and hours, thanks

    • Heather September 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      Hi Julie. We’re open Tues – Fri, 9.00-4.30 and Saturday 9.00 – 12pm.
      See you soon, Heather.

  7. Heather October 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    We’ve changed our name. Same store, same charity, but now know as :
    The ReStore.

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