Readers, I have in my hands, a copy of the Op Shop Guide (Victoria) written by Kelly Lainson.
Kelly Lainson, a resourceful and enthusiastic bargain hunter, has compiled an extensive alphabetical listing of Victorian Op Shops. 'The ‘Op Shop Guide (Victoria)’ is a stylish, practical and easy reference directory to locating and shopping at these valuable outlets. Each Op Shop is recorded by its suburb. The index lists Op Shops by name.
There are over 380 pages detailing 773 Op Shops. It delivers an overview of the stores’ purposes location and operational details.
Kelly spent a lot of time researching for her book; calling pubs in towns in order to establish the whereabouts of local op shops, sending letters, and in some cases receiving personal hand written notes back from op shop staff, detailing such things as shop history, disability or pram access, and discount days.
e.g. Page 242: The Three Legged Chair Op Shop, 18 Progress Street, Mornington "each week 20% of our clothing is reduced to just $1."
To hear more on Kelly's book research, you can listen to a radio interview here.
Scattered throughout the book, you will find little tips such as "Handy Hint #05 'Scrub stains with a toothbrush and sard wonder soap to get clothes looking like new' "
I would very much like to keep this book for myself, but instead I will be giving it away to one Recycled Fashion follower. To be in for a chance to win the Op Shop Guide (Victoria), leave a comment below with your own op/thrift shop handy hint. The winner will be drawn in a week from now.
International entries are welcome, although the book will not be useful to you unless you intend to travel to Victoria, Australia any time soon!
The OpShop Guide Victoria can be found on facebook, and is available to buy online for $24.95 + $12 postage here