A Thrifty Tour with Vintage Rummage Sale and Op Shop Banter

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Yesterday, I took a small group on a private Op Shop Tour in Melbourne South East.  We tried something a little different, and paid a visit to the Melbourne Vintage Clearance Centre in Cheltenham, which happened to coincide with the day of the tour.
The Melbourne's Vintage Clearance Centre holds vintage sales at a big warehouse in Cheltenham every few months.  Expect to find original vintage dresses for $15 a pop, coats for $10, boots for $20 a pair, jeans for $10, bags, belts, tops, shorts and skirts for $5 each.  (You may recall this dress that I found at the first clearance sale in March, and removed its puffy sleeves?)

It is unknown which future date the organisers will open their warehouse for special sales, but when they do, it is announced via their facebook page.  Melbourne folk can sign up to receive MVCC's email newsletters here, which announce when the next sales will take place.

MVCC's organisers put on a free bus service from Moorabbin railway station to their warehouse sale, located approximately 10-15 minutes away.  We took the first bus leaving just before 10am, which was surprisingly quite empty; most shoppers tend to drive and street park near the warehouse.

As the bus arrived, we found a queue waiting for the warehouse sliding doors to open, and when they did the crowds stormed through.

This is what the warehouse looks like prior to a sale:

:: c/o MVCC facebook page ::

And during:

:: shoes for $10 ::

Bargains are a-plenty for those willing to rummage through racks and boxes.

:: tops for $5 ::

:: I swear my Dad used to have shoes like these ::

:: Penguin shoes! ::

Denim dungarees are apparently back on trend as these overall's flew of their racks:

:: Dungarees back in fashion ::

I did find a bag I really liked for $5.  It's leather and hand-painted with a barren desert scene.

 :: desert scene bag for $5 ::

The bag is great but does need a really good clean.  I've put a call out on instagram for cleaning recommendations, so far I've been told to try vinegar and water, eucalyptus oil or an enjo glove, I'll keep you updated on my efforts.

Once we were done and dusted with the vintage sale, we embarked upon Cheltenham's handful of Op Shops, quite a difference to the hustle of a clearance sale.  The lovely ladies on my tour were entertained by the banter of the Op Shop volunteer ladies.  One of the volunteers expressed her dislike for any shopper that dare ask for a discount. (lucky none of my group did!)

 :: vintage flask for $4 from RSPCA Op Shop ::

:: a pre-done arm party right there, just waiting for someone to buy at Family Life Op Shop::

Yesterday marked the end of my Bayside Op Shop Tour for this year, but fear not, once baby #2 has arrived and settled I'll be back with more exciting tours. In the meantime, if you do find yourself in Melbourne, do check out some of the other thrifty shopping tour routes that can be booked through Melbourne Op Shop Tours.

In final news, I'll be drawing the winner of the two beautiful broken crockery pendants tomorrow, and over on weekendnotes there is a chance to win a double pass to the next Clothing Exchange in Melbourne, more details here.


Shared with Op-Shop Show-Off


Patti said...

love your vintage purse - and your day looks like great shopping fun.

Anonymous said...

Oh to be visiting Melbourne when such a sale would be on, I'd go nuts. How I miss out on all the fun not living in Melbourne. Love your bag you nabbed.

Unknown said...

Looks like a fun day Erica, and that purse is gorgeous. Of course I would have nabbed the flask. Love it.

Kazza said...

Erica, what is vintage at this sale? Can you find 1920s - 1950s? From Karen @ Facebook Group Melton Bowerbirds

Unknown said...

Hi Kazza, no I'd say mostly 70's & 80's with a few 60's perhaps. Thanks for asking

Max said...

Hello! lovely to have you join in the linky.
A guided op-shop tour in melbourne sounds like my kind of holiday, perhaps when my baby two is a little older...
In the meantime all the best with your number 2-how exciting!

Emma Kate at Paint and Style said...

We all need penguin shoes!

Unknown said...

So much goodness! Makes my heart flutter. I can never resist a cute vintage flask.
Sophie x

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