CHEAP AS CHIPS DE­SIGNER

BEST PLACES ON THE COAST TO FIND HIGH-END FASH­ION FOR FRAC­TION OF COST

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | FASHION - WORDS: BROOKE STYLES

If you caught my last piece on “story of a white cot­ton T-shirt” then you will know to­day I’m shar­ing my top op shops on the Sun­shine Coast. I have a knack for op shop­ping.

I lit­er­ally “got it from my mumma”. It’s some­thing we would en­joy for girl time on a Satur­day morn­ing af­ter the mar­kets.

Once con­sid­ered the do­main for search­ing for a cro­chet blan­ket for nanna, op shops have be­come a haven for those who like to live on trend, bar­gain hunters and also lovers of the en­vi­ron­ment.

I am al­ways asked when I have shared my snatched gems: “but where do you go?”

Be­fore I spill the se­crets to the best op shops on the Sun­shine Coast, here are some ba­sic tips to a suc­cess­ful op shop.

Spend time search­ing.

1

Can’t be both­ered flick­ing through the crammed racks?

Then it’s un­likely you will walk out with a vin­tage de­signer piece.

All of the times I have found win­ning pieces were in the bot­tom of mark­down bins and on over­crowded shelves.

You have to be in it to win it. You never know what’s at the bot­tom of a pile.

Keep go­ing back.

2

Chances are you won’t find a Gucci bag on your first visit but you might once you learn which thrift shops hold the best bags and reg­u­larly visit. The ma­jor gems are found when un­ex­pected. So go in with an open mind.

Go mid-week.

3

Lots of do­na­tions are dropped off over the week­end af­ter mum has dragged the kids in for a week­end spring clean. This is also a busy time for sec­ond-hand shops leav­ing these do­na­tions to be sorted in the new week. Mid-week is usu­ally when all the fresh stock is on the floor.

Look out for fur­ther price slashes.

4

Be­fore div­ing in and search­ing for your new pieces, keep up­dated with fur­ther discounts as most op shops have coloured ticket sales and half-price days to re­duce do­na­tion num­bers.

Now, are you ready for my go-to thrift shops?

Nam­bour – Sal­va­tion Army (this is where I found my vin­tage Gucci shoes pic­tured). Nam­bour – Life­line

Ma­roochy­dore – Life­line (this is where I found my vin­tage Louis Vuit­ton pic­tured). Kunda Park – Life­line

Boka­rina – Life­line

BAR­GAIN HUNTER: Op shops are great places to grab qual­ity clothes, shoes and ac­ces­sories at a cut price.

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