:: My Mother's Local Charity Shops (more here) ::
I knew thrifty shops existed in Melbourne, going by the alternative Australian name 'Opportunity Shop', shortened to the beloved 'Op Shop' that I've become oh-so familiar with over the years. Initiating into a new country took time, and that meant forgoing trips to the Op Shop when other priorities in life took hold.
Eventually though, when settled into a new life Down Under, I soon realised that Op Shops in Melbourne were in abundant, many of which were not too dissimilar to those I'd grown to love in Britain.
:: Frankston Salvos Op Shop ::
:: Favourite Melbourne Op Shops (listed here)::
Putting aside Melbourne and Greater London, I do have a little dream to go Thrift Shopping in one of my all time favourite world cities; New York City. Before migrating to Melbourne, my husband and I did take a short trip to NYC and fell in love with the vibrant city that never sleeps, but did not visit any one its many Thrift Shops.
There are many US based thrifty bloggers, mentioning stores such as Goodwill, Housing Works, Buffalo Exchange and Salvation Army. Patti of Not Dead Yet Style blog lists her favourite NYC Thrift Shops here, there is another guide to NYC Thrift Stores on I Heart Parsons blog here, and EcoSalon here. Fellow Melbourne blogger and stylist Cecylia, due to have her baby around the same time as I, spent an entire day at the Buffalo Exchange in NYC on her babymoon, where she found these snakeskin pumps. *sigh*.
A Google Map search of Manhattan's many Thrift Shops looks like secondhand heaven to any vintage loving shopper, just look at all those little red dots to explore:
:: Google Map when searching New York Thrift Stores ::
My question to you readers, is where you dream of Thrift Shopping? Perhaps like me, you'd like to visit one of the many thrifty stores gracing the streets of NYC, or you'd like to venture to Canada (Montreal looks very enticing), Asia, or explore flea markets in Europe? Have you experienced secondhand shopping in a city other than your own, and did it meet your expectations? Are you aware of any other city thrift guides that you could share?