When I lead op shop tours as I did last weekend, I try not to buy things for myself too much, focusing instead on my tour attendees. However, when faced with so much second hand temptation, it is very hard not to walk away with something after a visit to some of Melbourne South East’s best op shops!
Last Saturday, a group of us meandered through Melbourne Bayside suburbs, visiting the usual op shopping haunts. One op shopper found a delicious black suedette jacket with a floral hem and interesting design in Vinnies, Hampton. “For you” she says handing over to me as it is not her size. What a find! Exactly the type of jacket I’d wear (and am in fact, wearing today)
Boo Radley Jacket
The jacket was originally priced in Vinnies for $30, and what I do know, is that I rarely spend that sort of money on one item of clothing. However, I am in luck, because the jacket was found on the half price rack; $15. Additionally, Vinnies in Hampton are very generous to Melbourne Op Shop Tours, and give all tour attendees a 10% discount when we take tours through their store. So, my lovely new-to-me jacket set me back $13.50.
I’d also like to share a little story with you that I put up on facebook yesterday too:
Whilst leading shoppers through Brighton, a lady chose a book from the 'free box' outside the front of Biccies charity shop in Brighton (happened to be one of my favourite books actually, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay), she walked into the op shop, and passed a $5 note over the counter "I know the book is free" she said to the volunteer "but please take this as a donation". Good op shopping karma to that lady
Makes my jacket discount appear quite frugal doesn't it?!