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OP SHOP – The Salvos Warehouse, Seven Hills

8 Jan

The Salvos AKA The Salvation Army really know how to do thrift. They offer us Hunter Gatherers massive warehouses full of second-hand goods to pick over. They also jumped on the pop up shop trend with their Salvonista concept in order to snare more customers and make them think differently about op shopping. I’ve written before about the Salvos warehouse at Michinbury, today I’ll be taking you on a tour of their Seven Hills warehouse.

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This is my local, so I tend to go there A LOT. The store used to be in Blacktown a couple of years ago. I had a bit of a panic when I heard it was closing down but then found out it opening just down the road for me! Truth be told sometimes I hate it being so close. Too often I find myself stopped at the traffic lights looking directly at the store thinking, I’ve got an extra 15 minutes, I’ll just pop in for a quick look and then find I’ve lost a whole hour as I’m lugging armfuls of stuff back to the car.

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The Seven Hills warehouse is not quite as big as the Michinbury one but still has ample stock to sift through. There is a much smaller selection of furniture on offer here even still I have found some great pieces including a vintage telephone table upholstered in green velvet. I love buying books here. The staff have organised the books into categories and will even offer to help you look for a particular book you are after. Clothes are neatly hung on a mass of racks in the middle of the store, sorted by gender, type and even colour coded. You’ve gotta love the organised people who work at this store.

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The Salvos Warehouse is located at 183 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills.

Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm and Sat 8.30am-1pm.

They will accept donations to their loading dock at the rear of the warehouse.

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Haul List – Kirribilli Fashion Market

11 Aug

Spring has arrived early in Sydney this year and there has been none of the blustery August winds, just glorious sunny days. Loving it! It is perfect market weather and we have been taking every opportunity to get out amongst the stalls every weekend. Today we headed for one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge where the Kirribilli market runs nearby its northern foundation in Bradfield Park.

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Kirribilli runs a few different markets but today was the fashion market where the whole bowling green is stacked with stalls selling pre-loved fashion. Most of it designer threads and at least 90% of it for women so it’s a fab girls day out. Leave your man in the food area to sample all the great cuisines from around the world and soak up some tunes by the live band of the day.

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I love this market – stunning location, awesome food, live music, art & craft stalls as well as a huge number of second-hand stalls but I struggle with the higher price tags. Yes this is North Sydney and yes most of the preloved goods on offer are designer but I’ve been spoiled by op shop prices and just can’t bring myself to pay $10 for a generic second-hand scarf when I usually only pay $1. The Hunter in me knows that shopping below eye level yields good results in pocket friendly terms. So remember to look what’s on the ground and rummage through the boxes & bags of clothing under the racks of higher priced clothes.

Here is some of what we found today.

Converse $10 a pair. LOVE the gold ones with the zipper detail!

Converse $10 a pair. LOVE the gold ones with the zipper detail!

Sportsgirl scarf $3

Sportsgirl scarf $3

Sass & Bide pants $5.  S&B Vie Love what you love without hesitation.

Sass & Bide pants $5.
S&B Vie Love what you love without hesitation.

5 x Deus ex Machina T-shirts and a cap for only $15!

5 x Deus ex Machina T-shirts and a cap for only $15!

My man was stoked when I found these shirts in a bag marked $5 each. By the time I’d sifted through the entire bag and accumulated a few other items the stallholder offered us a greatly reduced price, almost half the listed price so it always pays to buy in bulk. Friendly chatter with the stallholder will always work in your favour also.

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Kirribilli Fashion Market runs every 2nd Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm in Bradfeild Park.

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