I braved the searing hot Adelaide summer to cover a story on a new op shop in town. The monotonous drive along the busy South Road soon brought me to familiar sights along Henley Beach Road, where rows of shops and offices boast its regular clamour. There in a distance stood the new kid on the block- Reactivate. Adelaide’s new charity retail store.
Refreshing and retro with a modern twist-this is not your regular op shop. Shying away from the usual dark and less airy corners you find in most op shops, Reactivate brims with energy, colour and did I mention, clothing displays that would give any departmental store a run for their money.
Boasting a large collection of pre-loved clothing, furniture, accessories, bric-a-brac, kids items and linen; they sit at their respective racks waiting to be taken home and loved once again.
I fell in love with a canvas portrait of sultry Angelina Jolie, one of many portraits which you will find in Reactivate, commissioned by a friend of the owner.
There is something for vintage enthusiasts too. I came across a handsome Bolex 480 Macrozoom Movie Camera, a Dobbie Deluxe sewing machine and the famous typewriter which Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Boll grew to love as he spun stories on the Travel-Riter Deluxe, c. 1958. I had stepped into the Mad Men era- much to my delight!
The boys are not forgotten! Browse through an array of books from the 60s-70s, compare notes on the retro furnitures whilst sipping coffee from Five Senses (Papua New Guinea best kept secret!) and get ready for a trip down memory lane as Pastor Brad Chilcott, the highly adventurous and visionary man behind Reactivate, spins nostalgic numbers from the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and more!
I’ll let the rest of the pictures do the talking. I highly recommend a shopping spree at Reactivate. The colour, texture and ambience stirred a feel-good 80s emotion within me. Fashionistas and vintage lovers would want to head here as there are plenty of home and wardrobe makeovers inspiration for you to experiment with.
Meet the man behind the new funky op shop- Pastor Brad Chilcott!
What’s this: Reactivate- new op shop in Adelaide. Proceeds go to Congo, Cambodia and help underprivileged western community in Adelaide.
The look: Retro, funky with a hint of vintage
Hot feature: Ladies and menswear, funky accessories, canvas portraits, vintage items and sexy boots. Excellent quality of kids clothing.
The crew: Young, energetic and good looking!
Get there: 186 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville
Opening Hours: Mon- Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 10am – 4pm. Parking: Generous parking, in the front and back of shop.
Needs: Clothing, furnitures, toys, bric-a-brac. NO electrical items. Volunteers needed.