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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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The Salvos Warehouse, Michinbury

31 Jul

The Salvation Army’s branch of op shops are called Salvos Stores and some are much bigger than others. The warehouse/depots are huge and require a committment of at least a couple of hours to really scope everything. The warehouses stock furniture, books, homewares, clothes, shoes, bags, manchester, toys, light fittings, DVDS and well just about everything. As well as setting aside the time to visit one of these stores I’d also recommend that  you also dress warm, especially in the colder months as the concrete floors and the vast openness of the warehouse makes it feel like you’re inside a fridge.

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If you are looking for a piece of furniture, the Salvos warehouses are a great place to start. I’ve purchased lots of pieces that I’ve upcycled with a coat of paint or new handles. They also stock a fantastically huge range of books. I can spend ages in the book section scanning all the spines and adding more novels to alarmingly long list of books to read. If you are an avid reader then you truly must buy your books second-hand, it will save you a fortune!

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If you plan on scouring the endless racks of clothes then grab yourself a little trolley, trust me, you’ll need it. I always go through and grab everything that catches my eye and then proceed to sift through my pile. This is my trolley before culling. The G Star Raw t-shirt is in new condition and only cost me $4.50.

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My daughter was thrilled with the orange crocheted top (below) I got for her with tags still attached. Op shops are a great place to look for vintage serving ware too. Old tea cups with matching saucers are quite sought after now and priced accordingly. I’m always looking for vintage cutlery to use as serving ware. This bone handled knife will be perfect for a plate of scones and let me tell you, someone has sharpened its edge to within an inch of its life!

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This Salvos actually has two stores. The main warehouse and a Bargain Basement store at the rear of the property. This store is much smaller than the first and sells only bric a brac, clothes, bags, shoes, manchester and toys. I’m not convinced it is cheaper than the main store but it’s still worth a look. On this day I picked up some vintage tablecloths and some fabric including a metre of green silk, all for under $10.

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Salvos Warehouse 4 Archbold Road Michinbury NSW. Open Mon – Fri 8.30am-4.30pm Sat 9.00am-1.45pm

St Vinnies, Darlinghurst NSW

26 Jun

I normally do my op shopping during the week and hit the markets on the weekend as most op shops have limited trading hours on the weekend. They tend to trade til 12pm on a Saturday and close Sunday. We spent this past weekend staying in Sydney and were sad that it was pouring rain the entire time forcing all the city markets to cancel. So just imagine my excitement when we spotted an op shop open on the Sunday!!! After scoring a free (!) car parking spot close by and wiping our wet boots at the door best we could we spent the best part of an hour scouring the St Vinnies op shop on Oxford street, Darlinghurst.  My man fared the best in this store, shopping up an absolute storm! Me? I found a few things that were unfortunately not my size yet still came away with a black Witchery seamless top that is keeping me snug as I type.

Yes that's him with the big armful of clothes!

Yes that’s him with the big armful of clothes!

In all we came away with quite a lot of menswear – 4 pairs of shorts, 2 business shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, a short sleeve shirt and 2 pairs of shoes for $107 total.

Billabong Platinum Hydrostretch Board shorts

Billabong Platinum Hydrostretch Board shorts

Country Road corduroy pants

Country Road corduroy pants

Billabong walk shorts

Billabong walk shorts

Quicksilver short sleeve shirt

Quicksilver short sleeve shirt

Gap walk shorts

Gap walk shorts

Prada business shirt

Prada business shirt

St Vinnies 141 Oxford street Darlinghurst.

Make sure you walk around the corner to Crown street you’ll find some great vintage shops including Grandma Takes a Trip, C’s Flashback and my fave Route 66 for vintage American denim & cowboy boots.

Happy Hunting!

OP SHOP – The Smith Family, Blacktown

26 Apr

I hit Main street Blacktown again this time shopping at The Smith Family Store using my super powers to sniff out the best among the rest. Their front window caught my eye as I approached with some fantastic men’s business shoes on display. The shoes were all in fantastic condition in brands like Kenneth Cole, Country Road, Florshiem. unfortunately none in my husband’s size. Boo.

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One of my prize purchases was a camel coloured crocheted cropped knit for $8 made of what I can only describe as pussycat wool. It’s incredibaly soft and feels like patting a cat or a rabbit but don’t worry it’s not real fur. I’m sorry I don’t have a photo to show you but my tactile tweenager has decided she loves it an has barely taken it off since. Like another slap in the face I washed the jumper on my machine’s delicate cycle and was horrified to find that it’s “fur” had transferred to every other item in the wash, forcing me to defluff the whole load. It looked like I’d accidentally locked a cat in the machine with the wash! So this one will be hand washed in the tub alone in future.

I also got a baby pink Seduce singlet for $2 that has such an impossible neckline that I’ll only wear it to bed.  This is what else came home with me.

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Slate ASOS knit $8

Shag vest $6

Shag vest $6

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BNWT Leather Chancebanda hobo $14

This handbag won the prize for most exciting find of the day. I spotted it sitting on display on the shelves high above the clothes racks, it always pays to look beyond your line of sight. The bag is brand new with the swing tags still attached inside. It’s an asian made brand but the quality of the leather is beautiful and only $14!!! I love the colour and I’ve actually admired very similar bags before in my online shopping adventures. The Hobo shape is a style I keep buying again and again as its suits my size and needs.

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Main st, Blacktown

The Smith Family Store is located at 80 Main st, Blacktown. The store stocks clothes, shoes, bags and some smaller accessories like costume jewellery. There is limited street parking on Main st but larger car parks can be found only a block away. Make sure you also check out The Anglicare op shop just down the street too.

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