Thrifty Shops With The Good Vibe

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Yesterday Melbourne Op Shop Tours hosted a whirlwind second hand tour through Melbourne's inner South-East as part of the St Kilda Strip Fest.  A relatively large group were whisked through St Kilda's finest Op Shops and a Vintage Store.

This gorgeous looking sewing machine was (maybe still is?) for sale in Carlisle Street, Salvos.  It is a beautiful machine, but in all honesty I think I'd be too afraid to use it:

 :: Vintage Sewing Machine ::

It is not uncommon to find lemon's for sale in Australian Op Shops, but chilli's are certainly not found as frequently!

 :: Fresh Chilli's in Sacred Heart, St Kilda ::

The finale of the tour ended with a quick tram ride from St Kilda to Windsor, reaching a section of Chapel Street renowned for its second hand treasure shops.

A brand new Melbourne Op Shop has opened its temporary doors in the strip where thrifty stores are in abundance; the Pop Up Op Shop.

The Pop Up Op Shop has a good vibe that exuberates through its three rooms, attracting new shoppers and bringing former shoppers back.  When a shop has a good feeling, not only is it one that you wish to return to, but also one that you recommend to others. 

:: Second Hand Baby Clothes in Pop Up Op Shop ::

Second hand stores that do not conjure up the same feeling still serve their purpose, but do not hold the same attraction that make a shopper want to stay a while longer then they usually would.

 :: Men's Shoes in Pop Up Op Shop ::

You may be able to relate to what I am talking about, or think I’m completely bonkers, but I find there are certain thrifty shops that make me want to return to, purely based on a feeling.  If only one could bottle the good shop vibe and sell it!  I'll be back to the Pop Up Op Shop, and hope to write a little more about it next time.

Readers, are there certain stores that you choose over others, purely based on a feeling they conjure up when you shop there?  If so, I'd love to hear about them.

How was your weekend?  Did you find any treasures?



Glamour Drops said...

I know exactly what you does that make me bonkers too???

But some are over-priced, or the staff are snooty, while others are friendly and welcoming...they are the ones I return back to again and again.

tutto riciclabile handmade/ragdollsvfk said...

They look like great shops,and that sewing machien is beautifull just to look at.
Pitty i live in europe.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I'm visiting Melbourne in October and I would love to visit the oppys in the St Kilda area! I wonder if the Pop Up Op Shop will still be there? I hope so! xo

Erica Louise said...

I'd love to meet you and show you my favs! x

Erica Louise said...

Hahah, we are both bonkers then :)

Alexandriaweb said...

The window display is lovely :)

Barbara A Mizzoni Young said...

There is a particular second hand shop that I frequent and it's because of the smell of the shop. It brings back fond memories of childhood. The items are unique and abundant. I could and have spent hours in there.

Barbara @

Erica Louise said...

@Barbara, YES! Smells of particular second hand shops definitely have that nostalgia that makes one want to return

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