Whether you’re into vintage style, pop-art colour or a bit of old-world glamour, you can always find that unique statement piece at your local op shop.
Local op shops are an integral part of the community offering welfare services, meaningful work and most importantly (for a shopaholic like myself), fashion with conscience – the practice of re-using, recycling and re-inventing fashion.
Next week we celebrate everything old that is new again for National Op Shop Week from 21 to 27 August 2016. To help you celebrate the week we have put together a list of some of our favourite op shops in Canberra.
Salvos are leading the way this National Op Shop Week with their very own ‘Fashion with a Conscience’ campaign. Salvos Stores divert 15,000 tonnes of clothing and household items per year from landfill, but this week they are going one step further.
On Monday 22 August Salvos will be officially launching their campaign giving shoppers not only the chance to win a $500 gift card but also offering 50 percent off all pre-loved items.
Canberrans are encouraged to shop at their local Vinnies store during National Op Shop Week to help them deliver programs locally that support people at risk and experiencing homelessness. The week is also a great time to shop for bargains and uncover vintage gems.
Designer Op Shop
18 Lonsdale street, Braddon
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Situated just a couple of shops away from The Hamlet in Lonsdale street, the Designer Op Shop is extremely hard to walk past with its superb window display. Mother and daughter duo Sharyn and Taylor display immaculate items for any occasion or home with a range of pre-owned designer brands, vintage clothing, glass and home wares.
The Smith Family
Cnr of Launceston and Easty streets, Woden
With a range of designer brands, formal and casual clothing, The Smith Family store is a great choice to celebrate National Op Shop Week. The charity store is aimed at help young Australians in need to build a better future through programs, fundraising and support.
The Green Shed
Mugga lane, Symonston and Flemington road Mitchell
Whether you’re living on the north or south side of Canberra, there is a Green Shed near you. Turning trash into treasure, The Green Shed take unwanted items and sell them at bargain prices seven-days a week. With the slogan ‘every day’s a garage sale at The Green Shed’ this is the perfect place to pick up a bargain for National Op Shop Week.