I’ve always loved scouring Op Shops and secondhand stores – my first flat was furnished courtesy of Young’s Auctions in Hawthorn. There are so many bargains to be had and many items are brand new – possibly the result of unwanted gifts or changed minds.
If funds are tight, consider a Christmas shopping spree at your local Op Shop – you will also be helping the shop’s special charity. So pick your favourite charity and go shopping!
My ‘local’ is the YES Op shop in Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill, which aids young disadvantaged people’s education. From our Community Notices’ Community Shopping section we also have the following Op Shops which all have quality items:
Ashwood Salvation Army Thrift Shop, cnr High & Welfare Pde. 9058 6050.
Ashburton Salvo’s, 203 High St. 9885 6279.
Ashburton Vinnie’s, 386 Warrigal Rd.
Ashburton The Ashy Op Shop, Cnr High St & Welfare Pde. Ph. 9058 6050. All proceeds help local seniors.
Blackburn Box Hill Rotary Op Shop, 113 Canterbury Rd. Ph. 0451 067 309.
Blackburn Rotary Recycled Treasures Op Shop, 113 Canterbury Rd. Ph. 9877 0613. All funds to charity projects.
Camberwell Lions Club of Boroondara Central Op Shop, 1350C Toorak Rd. Ph. 9809 4950. Proceeds to community.
Forest Hill Uniting Op Shop, 333A Canterbury Rd. Ph. 9878 3222. All profits to small worthy charities.
Forest Hill YES Op Shop, 53–55 Mahoneys Rd. Ph. 9894 0992. Youth Education Support Inc. Sponsors disadvantaged young people.
Surrey Hills Rotary Recycle Op Shop, 1113 Riversdale Rd. All profits to community projects.