As we strive to look different, at the same time look at ways to save money in our current economic climate, op-shopping is the best option for us to look good, for less. Op-shopping, Australia's answer to thrift shopping, is probably the common choice for those seeking second-hand fashion.
I spoke to a lady recently about Melbourne Op Shop Tours, to which she replied "Oh I'd much rather go op-shopping by myself".
So why should you join an op shop tour?
There are some that prefer to shop by themselves than with others, but sometimes, op-shopping can be a lonesome affair. I admit that I do like to go op-shopping by myself on occasion, but find it much more enjoyable when accompanied by friends. I consider myself lucky that I have friends that appreciate the love of thrifting, but, not everyone understand the need to shop second-hand.
If you are one that does not have companions to appreciate a day of exploration in second-hand shops, that's when Melbourne Op Shop Tours comes in handy. An individual, a group, or a couple can join an op shop tour. I've attended an op-shop tour by myself (prior to becoming a tour guide), and was joined by a mother and twin daughter duo, three friends from Sydney, a brother and sister, and two more individual op-shoppers. We had a great day.
Another reason one should consider joining an op-shop tour, might be to explore new suburbs, and become familiar with op-shops in a new area. Op-shops close, and new ones pop up all the time, which is when Melbourne Op Shop Tours can come in useful. Tour guides take op-shoppers on walking tours, through a variety of Melbourne's suburbs, visiting tucked away second hand charity shops, rife for a rummage.
Op shop tours are run on foot and public transport, making them sustainable shopping adventures on every level. An op shop tour costs $40 for the day, and run every few weeks. The next tour I'll be running will be Bayside Brighton on Saturday 24th November 2012. To book a tour, you can do so here. Here is a blog post from the last Brighton tour.