It seems that all Hannah’s are opshop-aholics! Meet Hannah from In the dress up box, who lives on the other side of the country in sunny Perth. Out of the kindness of her heart she’s shared her top five favourite local op shops, just in case there are any other WA thriftaholics out there who need a little guidance…
Good Sammies Fremantle
142 High St, Fremantle
Good Sammies are some of my favourite op shops because of their consistent pricing. Every store is the same, with items put in groups and sold at a set price (skirts $6, dresses $7, tops $4 etc). This means that you are likely to find a gorgeous silk or leather or vintage item for the same price as all the polyester junk that seems to accumulate in op shops. The Freo GS is massive and has ridiculous sales, I popped in at the end of February to find they were clearing out all of their summer stock and their vast collection of dresses were marked down to $1! IT WAS MADNESS!
Salvos Osborne Park
2/320 Selby St, Osborne Park
This place is shoe heaven! They have several long racks dedicated to shoes and I always seem to find something awesome. I asked the volunteers about it once and they said that all of the really great shoes donated to the Salvos are sent to the Osborne Park store to be put on display. You’ll find barely worn gems and a huge variety of sizes. Definitely worth a look (plus there is a Good Sammies right next door).
9/199 Abernethy Rd, Belmont
The merchandising and layout of this store is what keeps me going back (even if it is a 45 minute drive from my house). It looks more like a funky vintage store or boutique rather than a regular old op shop, the mannequin displays are always gorgeous and very on-trend, and the staff are extremely helpful. The store has a great collection of vintage as well, with very reasonable pricing. This Anglicare is sandwiched between a Vinnies and a Salvos, so it is a great one-stop op shop destination.
380 Canning Hwy, Bicton
Ok so technically not an op shop, BUT the Melville Markets are where my love of thrifting and second hand bargain hunting was born. It is a massive trash and treasure/ flea market/ car boot sale, held every Sunday from 6am-10am in the Melville Plaza shopping centre car park. You’ll find furniture, jewellery, plants, clothing, art, toys, tools and everything in between. It’s become a popular destination for girls to sell their barely worn clothes for some quick cash, so if you are a 13-50 year old lady then chances are you’ll find a bargain for less then a tenna.
28 Ashton Ave, Claremont
This Vinnies is relatively small but has a great selection of women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. As Claremont is a fairly fancy suburb, this op shop always seems to have an abundance of high-end and designer gear. Over the years I’ve scored two Goyard tote bags, a Burberry skirt, Bally shoes and a fair amount of vintage from this little beauty. The pricing is fairly reasonable too with most things between $5 – $10.
So those are my top five op shops in Perth, but I must say that almost every op shop is great and you can always find something if you look hard enough. My best tip would be to visit areas which have more than one op shop, like Belmont, Osborne Park or Fremantle, this will definitely increase your chances of finding a bargain! Good luck and happy thrifting!