Op shops are easily recognised by a kaleidoscope of colours and fabrics squashed into racks that cover the entire store - plus that slightly musty smell of recycled things. They are a treasure trove of cheap clothes, and there's always a gem or two if you look hard enough. So where's your favourite? Which op shop always gives you a great buy?
Mine is definitely the Vinnies in West Ryde! I have found some amazing things there, including a pair of vintage Lee jeans for $3. You feel a little sorry for the people who could be capitalising on brands they don't know are expensive, but this little guilty pleasure is always good for a little surprise. I would say 30% of my wardrobe is from the West Ryde Vinnies!
Anywhere where they haven't realised that they can mark up designer brands and latest fashions massively! Longing for the old days where these places were a treasure trove of goodness at low low prices. I have heard that Vinnie's at Lane Cove is great. Theoretically charity shops in well to do areas should have a plethora of bargain designer gear.
I always find amazing bargains and designer labels at the Vinnies in Crows Nest. I even often find clothes that still have their original tags on them. My best buy from there so far would have to be a genuine Versace skirt for $10 that fits perfectly. I also love their homewares section - over the years I've gotten retro wine glasses, photo frames, candlesticks, a desk organiser and even a couple of framed tapestries. All they need is a good clean and they come up looking amazing.
While Salvos and Vinnies (I like the ones in Darlinghurst and Newtown) are the 'big names' in Op Shop, the Red Cross shop in Newtown is a wonderfully curated shop with fabulous selections, and the staff are really helpful and will throw in a discount if you point out any flaws on the items. The only problem is they only have two fitting rooms, and it gets a little crowded!