Op Shopping

Vinnies Gungahlin Store Opening

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This morning I was lucky enough to attend a Bloggers preview of the brand new Vinnies Gungahlin before the store opened to the public for the very first time at 9:00 AM

The new store is on Hibberson Street, part of a new commercial development space to the town center, and boasts a brand new store fit out and an insane amount of undercover parking. I’ve spoken on here many times about my love of op shopping and adding bits and pieces to my wardrobe that come from a variety of second hand places, (more…)

Thrift Shopping: The Truth About Op-Shopping

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I love thrift shopping, most of the items pictured here I bought second-hand. However, I think that we need to demystify thrift shopping and talk about it truthfully. It isn’t all vintage silk scarves and affordable designer labels. Sometimes it’s weird stains. Other’s it’s just bad taste!

 

This past weekend, for the first time in a long time, I found myself thrift shopping.

I have grown up with a love of buying from thrift or op shops, originally as necessity and now as a passion for the thrill of the hunt. I love the act of rifling through piles of clothes that nobody loves any more on the off-chance that I might just find that one remarkable piece the really ties together an outfit, or supplements my existing collect of slightly-different navy blazers, or is a style that I am curious about but not enough to invest in something expensive that may ultimately look like shit on me. There are so many possibilities when you thrift, it really is anyone’s game.

That said, I think that there is a common misconception that op shops are this amazing treasure-trove of amazing vintage pieces, pre-loved designer good, and that you will walk in and instantly find what you are looking for that day. The vintage clothing trend and Etsy really have a lot to bloody answer for in that regard! So, high off my thrift triumphs over the weekend, let me share some simple truths about the world of op shopping. (more…)