You may call them Thrift Stores, Charity Shops, Op Shops, Secondhand shops or whatever charity organisation is selling second hand clothing. Op shopping is a great way to get some cool things in your wardrobe.
But, beware and be careful. There are some seriously cool finds around, but there are some really dodgy things too. Be ultra selective and remember: it is only a bargain if you are actually going to use the item you have bought!
Don’t limit yourself to clothes either… Op shops are a treasure trove of groovy home wares, great toys, books and my favourite -ACCESSORIES! In this post are three scarves I found in Op Shops… I have many many more!
B’s Rules for Op Shopping
- Go with an open mind, do not go looking for particular items, you will just get frustrated. Know that some trips you may come home with nothing and other times you will have to be careful not to buy too much.
- Take your time, bargains and designer items lurk in every rack.
- Don’t be tempted to buy items like jeans that are not your size, colour or style, even if they are Sass & Bide.
- Be as critical looking for the right cut and colour as if you were in a main stream store.
- Look at homewares, patterns, books and toys – you will surprised what people get rid of.
- If you see something you like that will fit your style and personality, buy the item. The chances of it being there in a few hours, or days or a week are slim.
- Smell handbags and shoes, if they smell mouldy or musty – do not buy them.
- Carefully check items for holes and defects, check woolens and woven fabrics.
- If buying shoes, check that they are both in good condition, check the soles and toes – make sure that they are good quality – don’t buy cheap shoes – esp second hand.
- Always wash/clean the items before wearing them.
Just a note: These are not just my rules, they also belong to my friend Shelley, who is a serious lover of OpShopping and is possibly THE best dressed person I know. I could write a blog all about her style and tips – perhaps she should!