Photograph c/o we heart it
We started our shopping day at 10am, where I met my fellow op-shoppers, 9 in total, including myself. Big respect to Pippi, flying in from Sydney just for the tour, starting her day at 4am, flying back home at 7pm, not getting back home till 9.30pm!
Birthday's on op shop tours are a fairly common occurrence, with three birthdays on this tour. Two hardcore op-shoppers from Werribee; sisters with bithdays a few days apart, came prepared with shopping trolleys on wheels...
The second birthday - an op shop tour gift from daughter to mother from Wantirna South, both of which signed up for the day.
A big treat on our first op-stop; a race day special - fill as much clothes as you can into one pink bag for $20. Op-tastic.
Melbourne op shop tours do not run on buses, but more sustainably on public transport. As we wait for the train to our next destination, we watch couples dressed in pretty frocks and smart suits, heading to the Derby Day races. Dressed so nicely, but in a few short hours, they would be cold, soaked to the core, but probably on the way to tipsy-land.
Derby Day photo c/o SMH
Five op shops later, a lunch stop, and a time to reflect on purchases:
Our next stop takes us to a retro and vintage shop, followed by the recycle superstore, with two levels, an escalator and shopping trollies. Op-heaven. Tired but happy, a successful op-shopping tour, is one in which every op shopper finds something....mission accomplished.
The most hilarious find of the day:
Check out Melbourne op shop tours website for the next available dates. I lead Bayside's op-shop route, but there are 4 other journeys to choose from.