It wasn’t easy compiling a list of my favourite op shops in Adelaide, let alone share some of my prized possessions. There are simply too many to choose from and each deserved every mention where possible.
So, I came up with a list of stores which truly connected with my shopping experience. Every item I bought reflected a piece of history of the previous owner or artisan that poured their sense of creativity and love in their respective masterpiece. I’ve scoured the racks, aisles, bin boxes and tables searching for troves. It gives me great pleasure to reveal my Top Ten list and some amazing treasures I’ve brought home, for my family and I to love and keep.
Here are the list in no particular preference.
1. Savers, Noarlunga
2. Big A, Cumberland Park
3. Aggies Shop, Unley
4. Goodwill, Blackwood
5. Salvos, Port Adelaide
6. Vinnies, Hawthorn
7. Red Threads, Glenelg
8. RSPCA, Brighton
9. Vinnies, The Parade
10. Goodies, Portrush Road
When I wore this jacket at school pick up, I received lots of attention from my fellow school dads. Either they had a brilliant sense of fashion or they were trying to wrestle another home cooked curry from me! Nevertheless, I was flattered and told them where their wives could head to, for a fun and fashionable op shopping experience. I simply love this piece; a perfect throw over a jeans, office dress or weekend leggings. Best of all, it only cost me 50 cents. Ahhhh…a sweet deal from the bargain rack!
Shoes- I love them! This leather winter boots was purchased two years ago and I believe has found a new home to another op shopper.
Apart from bags, books and scarves- I must have my accessories and am always on the look out for bold and unique statements. I’m a bit of a sui generis- I like my individual style and my faithful friends have given me top marks for my new finds. Here are some of my collection- I’m so proud I sourced them all at my local op shops.
I ADORE pre-loved and vintage furnitures. My home boast some beautiful hand picked items. I wanted to create a reading corner, where I could lay my books carelessly on the floor and throw a shawl or two across the chair for those dreadful winter days. Mostly, I wanted a space to reflect and to inspire me for my next creative project. I love the bold colours and most of all the intricate fabric- I’ve found my perfect oasis, although my two champs usually take refuge here with my iPad!
I’ve always been intrigued by Indian paintings and portraits. This batik inspired portrait was bursting with passion and coy-the ‘tabla’ player calls out to his lover as she gesture her hand to the rhythmic beat . It reminded me of a folklore village scene from a Bollywood movie.
I taught my precious boys well in picking out a bargain or two. These are some of their purchases. Bumblebee- $2, Spiderman- $2 and Buzz Lightyear spaceship (home to many Storm Troopers)- $2.99
It was so easy to fall in love with Dolly Rose. Decked in a straw hat with baby roses, floral dress paired with a copper-pearl brooch and a soft lace apron decked with wooden heart/star shaped buttons; I knew I had to bring her home. I will dedicate a separate blog post for Dolly Rose, be sure to look out for it. Isn’t she just lovely?
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list and photos. Be sure to head out to some of the above op shops and enjoy a fulfilling shopping experience. If you come across a unique item, be sure to share it with us. I love to hear what you picked up from your recent op shop experience.
The Diva xxx