If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I love a good hunt through an op shop. Whether I’m foraging for myself or friends, or sourcing stock for my online thrift store, I’ll rarely pass an op shop without having a quick scour. I recently wrote this blog about three of the most organised op shops in Melbourne for beginners not wanting to rummage too much, and now I’m compiling a list of all my Melbourne favourites – and why. I’m a southside girl so all of these treasure troves are around the south/south eastern suburbs.
I find the Vinnies on Hampton Street a great beginners op shop, because you get to have a good rummage but still usually find some designer gems in your first few racks. The prices are reasonable, not rock bottom but certainly not as inflated as they could be, and I find it gives the Salvos opposite a real run for its money.
Good for midweight brands like Gorman, Karen Millen and BCBG Maxazria.
This was one of my first op shops, but I often find really good shoes here. They have a good ‘new in’ rack at the front, and a big shoe section that rotates regularly. Prices are a little higher than average in general, but you’ll sometimes find a anomaly!
Good for designer shoes, designer sunglasses and women’s tops.
I LOVE this Vinnies. It’s pretty big and the ladies there are really friendly. They have some of the best prices, and their women’s pants section is out of control good. They also have some pretty good vintage two-pieces, as well, and their occasionwear is very reasonable.
Good for occasionwear, designer accessories in the glass cabinet.
This tiny gem on the corner of Koornang Road is small but mighty. They often have amazing knitwear and vintage blouses, and I’ve found two pristine condition Oroton bags here, and a Coach wallet.
Good for leather bags, shoes, and knitwear.
I almost don’t want too many people to know about this one because it’s that good. It’s a really big warehouse-style Salvos, and their prices are renowned for being unbelievably low.
Good for well priced jackets and vintage shirts.
This is a bit of a staple for southsiders but it’s worth a mention. This gigantic op shop is almost sure to have something you’re after, and with high stock turnover and amazing seasonal 50% off events, you can visit regularly and still spot new stock.
Good for vintage two-piece sets, knitwear and shoes. Great mix of designer and vintage.
Brotherhood of St Lawrence Bentleigh
This is a strange little op shop but when you find goodies their prices are often incredible. I’ve spotted Gucci shoes, Ted Baker dresses and picked up a vintage Fiorelli briefcase bag for $5. They also have 50% off sales so keep your eyes peeled for advertising.
Great for fixed prices categories (i.e. all knits $8).
I love stopping by Salvos in Bentleigh for a rummage. I’ve seen so many vintage longline wool coats here, and some great leather belts.
Great for vintage coats and belts.
Sacred Heart Mission Commercial Road
The Commercial Road Sacred Heart Mission is infinitely better than the Chapel Street one, in my experience. I find this one is amazing for designer goodies at surprisingly low prices.
Great for mid-high end brands like Sandro, Escada and Lisa Ho.
Sacred Heart Mission Bentleigh
Another designer treasure trove, Sacred Heart Mission in Bentleigh is often packed with Levi’s, Converse, vintage dresses, designer sunglasses and pristine condition occasionware. Their prices are great, too.
Good for occasionwear and dresses.
This is a real rummager’s haven, but dig deep and you’ll find well-priced vintage goodies and some hidden designer gems. I’ve seen Coach heels here, REISS pencil skirts and some great jewellery.
Good for well-priced designer and vintage shirts.
There’s almost always designer goodies in here, but they’re definitely woke to what brands sell well, so be prepared to pay a bit extra here. The store is well organised in colour palettes, too, helping you find what you’re looking for quickly.
Good for designer labels like Marc Jacobs, Zimmerman and Armani.