The best op shops in Syd­ney

Stay stylish and save money by shop­ping sec­ond-hand. By

Time Out (Sydney) - - Cheap Sydney - Ni­cola Dowse

SEC­OND HAND DOESN’T have to mean sec­ond best. That’s cer­tainly the idea be­hind op shops, which have in re­cent years ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing of a fash­ion­able re­vival. But with more than 100 op shops in Syd­ney alone, how do you know where to bag the best bar­gains? Here’s our pick of the best Syd­ney has to of­fer. Vin­nies, Glebe With more than 50 St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety re­tail stores in Syd­ney alone, it takes some­thing spe­cial to make any one store stand out, but you can al­ways find some­thing spe­cial at Vin­nies Glebe Cen­tre. The small store is packed with cloth­ing, yet it’s or­gan­ised in a way that it doesn’t feel stuffy. On our visit we’re greeted by a man­nequin wear­ing an ac­tual fox-fur stole, which makes the store feel in-sync with its fash­ion-for­ward neigh­bour­hood. Shop­pers can find bar­gains like a $12 Princess High­way dress or a dainty $15 Alan­nah Hill cardi­gan. Vin­nies Glebe has a good range of men’s busi­ness and ca­sual wear, too, priced be­tween $1 and $30. If you’re look­ing for a state­ment piece we came across a hot pink flower-print shirt for $16. à 223 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037. 02 9660 6685. Mon-Wed & Fri, Sat 9.30am-6pm; Thu 9.30am-7.30pm; Sun 10am-5pm. The Re­store Sand­wiched be­tween two con­struc­tion sites, this unas­sum­ing op shop is easy to miss. How­ever, shop­pers who make the ef­fort to visit the Re­store are un­likely to leave dis­ap­pointed. The ex­posed brick walls, wooden pal­let shelv­ing and vin­tage suit­cases give the store an in­dus­trial-chic vibe more com­mon to New­town than Seven Hills and its stock is as stylish as its dé­cor. We’re talk­ing high street brands like Witch­ery, Tok­ito, Bar­dot, Tren­ery and Cue. You can find trea­sures like a Third Mil­len­nium crim­son slip dress (RRP$399) for a very rea­son­able $90. The shop has an ex­cel­lent range of women’s jeans, help­fully ar­ranged by size. It’s no­tice­ably tai­lored to­wards women’s fash­ions, though there’s a smaller se­lec­tion of men’s clothes and shoes. You’ll find that most (non-de­signer) stock ranges from $5-$15. à 154 Best Rd, Seven Hills 2147. 02 9621 7334. www.re­storechurch.com.au/there­store. Mon 9.30am-3pm; Tue-Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm. Way­side Op Shop, Kings Cross The Way­side Chapel is a Syd­ney in­sti­tu­tion, pro­vid­ing vi­tal ser­vices and sup­port to Syd­ney’s home­less pop­u­la­tion for more than 50 years. They run the Way­side Op Shop lo­cated in a pe­riod build­ing ad­ja­cent to the Chapel. If you’re in the mar­ket for a win­ter coat, Way­side has op­tions start­ing from as low as $12, with a fur-trimmed leather jacket (for ex­am­ple) set­ting you back only $25. You can also pur­chase Way­side Chapel mer­chan­dise from the store, or drop next door for a post-shop­ping pick-me-up from the Way­side Café. Our favourite pieces in­clude a $10 Bar­dot blue se­quinned vest and $12 Tony Bianco heels. à 29 Hughes St, Potts Point 2011. 02 9581 9100. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-2pm. Salvos, Minch­in­bury Off the Great Western Free­way, this blinkand-you’ll-miss-it Salvos is the place to go if you’re mov­ing house. The huge, ware­hous­es­tyle store has at least two thirds of its floorspace ded­i­cated to fur­ni­ture. You name it: couches, din­ing set­tings, bed frames, mat­tresses, dressers, desks and even a fam­ily-size re­frig­er­a­tor ($350) are up for sale. De­signs range from clas­sic to wacky, and all for far cheaper than brand new. The fur­ni­ture se­lec­tion is ri­valled for size by the mas­sive range of cloth­ing avail­able. Bar­gain hun­ters will find bean­ies, sta­tionery and school uni­form ba­sics in abun­dance. Fash­ion­istas are also likely to nab an unusual find, with out-there fac­tory sec­onds like navy corsets and tie-dyed hot­pants avail­able on our visit. The mas­sive store has a small Street Bou­tique sec­tion, too (the Salvos’ cu­rated fash­ion stores). à 4 Arch­bold Rd, Minch­in­bury 2770. 02 9625 7634. salvos­stores.salvos.org.au. Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm; Sat 9am-3pm. Lifeline, Bal­go­wlah If you’re into clas­sic cuts and styles that never go out of fash­ion, Lifeline Bal­go­wlah is well worth cross­ing the bridge for. The old, white­washed brick store is pre­dom­i­nantly filled with ‘smart-ca­sual’ selections, ideal for of­fice work­wear. A DKNY black dress will set you back $28; a Di­ana Fer­rari wrap

dress is only $18. If you’re af­ter some­thing a bit edgier, a gold lamé shirt with ’80s-era shoul­der pads can be yours for just $10. The shop has an ex­tra sell­ing point: cos­tume hire. Rather than buy­ing an out­fit for your next fancy dress party and never wear­ing it again, you can rent one. There’s op­tions for men and women in a range of sizes, from Ro­man em­per­ors to hip­pies and fla­menco dancers. Cloth­ing at Lifeline Bal­go­wlah is around $20 on av­er­age. While it’s a lit­tle more ex­pen­sive than a Salvos, the se­lec­tion and qual­ity of stock make it worth­while. à120 Con­damine St, Bal­go­wlah 2093. 02 9949 1177. www.life­li­nenb.org.au. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat 9.30am-4pm.

Way­side Op Shop

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