Melbourne Comedy Festival Op Shop Tour

Monday, April 2, 2012

On Saturday, rather than host an op shop tour, I took part in a op shop tour with a difference, arranged as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, hosted by enthusiastic op-shopper and Comedian Joanne O’Callaghan. Joanne's tours support community non-profit charitable shops, she tells me "95% of my wardrobe is op shopped".

:: Joanne O’Callaghan, photography by ::

The op shop tour took us on a bus, which left Melbourne CBD and took us to five op shops in South Melbourne, St Kilda and Hawthorn. Approximately 40 of us where chaperoned by bus driver Big Dave. Linking the op shop tour to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, three comedians entertained us on the journey between op-shops, sharing their best jokes and enjoyable songs.

My favourite stops were three Sacred Heart op shops, in particular Sacred heart in Hawthorn, 86 Riversdale Road (corner of Glenferrie Road). This particular shop used to be a Chinese Restaurant, which retains much of its original features, and theme of the Orient.

:: I Love To Op Shop found some interesting toys ::

:: Shoppers queuing to pay for their thrifty finds at Vinnies ::

:: Great recycling concept to label clothing racks, in Sacred Heart, St Kilda ::

:: A beautiful, huge, lion mosaic in Sacred Heart, St Kilda for $50 (no, didn't buy it) ::

:: Shopping in Sacred Heart, St Kilda ::

My own finds were limited to gifts for others, and a vase for myself.

:: My vase, and a lovely pair of clip on earrings as a gift for an op-shop blogging friend ::
Only one person went home empty handed, but was not disappointed as she enjoyed the fun filled day of comedy shopping!

Comedy op shop tours run during the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Port Adelaide Festival, Wyndham Sustainability Festival, and Cairns Festival. You can find out more on Op Shop Tour Australia here.



Agy said...

Sounds and looks like the ladies had heaps of fun on this outing!

Miss Peregrin said...

This looks AMAZING! I wish I could have been there.

I Love To Op Shop said...

It was comedy on wheels with op shopping and coffee thrown in - Loved it!

Laura said...

Definitely gets an A+++ from me!

Zoe said...

This looks great! I absolutely love op-shops!

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