Op Shop Guide | 1 comment

Melbourne is a mecca for opshopping so I thought I better call on one of my favourite thrifting compadres, Emily from Blue Umbrella Lane, to spill the beans on the secondhand hot spots down south. Here’s her top five…

1. Brotherhood of St Laurence
Address: 109 Brunswick Rd, Brunswick
Trading hours: Monday – Wednesday & Saturday 9.30am – 5pm, Thursday 9:30am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Do you want to visit one of the largest and best thrift stores in the area? This huge space has so many amazing bargains, clothes furniture, records, costumes, whatever your heart desires. Most clothing is priced consistently; all dresses are $9, all pants $5 etc, you get the gist. With so much to go through, you’ll almost always leave with something.

Outfit above: BDG pink jeans – $5, Wittner heels – $6, and clutch – $3, all thrifted from Brotherhood.

2. Prahran Mission
Address: 211 Chapel St, Prahran
Trading hours: Monday – Sunday 9:30am – 5:30pm

The Prahran Mission runs a gorgeous looking store. They curate their clothing, and their store display is always a pleasure to see, you’ll be hard pressed not to find a bargain!

Outfit above: Thrifted the blue jacket for $20 and the striped off the shoulder top for $5 from PM

3. Conscious Closet
Address: QV Women’s Centre, Ground Floor, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Trading hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm

The Conscious closet is an opshop in the inner city of Melbourne, whose home is tucked away in QV at the Women’s Centre. When you buy from the Conscious Closet, you’ll be supporting ‘Fitted for Work’, an organisation which aims to assist women experiencing disadvantage finding and keeping work. Love the ladies who volunteer here, and if you’re lucky enough to visit on one of their occasional late night Friday events, you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling!

Outfit above: Dress – $12 thrifted from the Conscious Closet

4. Salvos Store
Address: 115-117 Chapel St, Prahran
Trading hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 5pm

This has to be the best opshop for shoes! I’ve come out of here with practically new leather shoes on multiple occasions. Not to mention their great clothing selection, but it’s hard to beat the shoes!

Photo above: New Urban Sole leather boots thrifted from Salvos for $12

5. Sacred Heart Mission South Melbourne
Address: 365 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
Trading hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

The Sacred Heart Mission opshop is a tucked away treasure trove of second hand clothing, shoes and accessories. Highly recommend perusing their South Melbourne store for the great quality brands and pieces they stock there.

Photo above: Oroton Sunnies – $20

What are your favourite Melbourne opshops? Share your secondhand secrets in the comments below…