A Guide to Melbourne’s Greatest Op Shops
Have you ever marvelled at some people’s ability to find amazing bargains while effortlessly exuding style? The secret is knowing where to look in Melbourne’s playground of op shops to find unique pieces and incredible deals.
Renowned for its vibrant culture and fashion-forward atmosphere, Melbourne is a haven for vintage and pre-loved enthusiasts. The city boasts a multitude of hidden gems in the form of op shops and vintage stores, just waiting to be explored. However, we understand that sifting through endless racks in search of treasure can be a time-consuming task.
That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you, curating a comprehensive list of 8, absolute best preloved stores that Melbourne has to offer. Prepare to immerse yourself in a world where unique fashion finds and irresistible deals collide.
Hunter Gatherer is well-known for its incredible curation of the Brotherhood of St Lawrence’s clothing donations. The finest items donated to the Brotherhood’s 27 Melbourne stores are hand selected and transferred to Hunter Gatherer to offer an unparalleled collection of pre-loved goods. You’ll find fashion, books, records, accessories and more all under the one roof.
Hunter Gatherer – 274 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Lost and Found
You’ll find a great variety of vintage goods within the four walls of Lost and Founds huge warehouse including fashion, furniture, lighting, art, vinyl, books and bric-a-brac. As long as it’s collectable and vintage you’ll find it here daily from 11am – 5pm. Ensure you dedicate time to this location as the sheer size of the place means you need time on your side to get through it all.
Lost and Found – 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Posh Opp Shoppe
Posh Opp Shoppe is famous for offering a wide selection of designer labels and high-quality furniture but also has a range of everyday apparel, jewellery, manchester, art, kitchenware, crockery, toys, electrical equipment, vintage objects you get the idea, the list goes on. Your purchases go towards a great cause with all funds raised helping children living with disabilities.
Posh Opp Shoppe – 484 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
Sacred Heart Mission
Sacred Heart Mission is the golden nuggets of op shops. The immaculate window displays make vintage bargain hunters as excited as a child at the Myer Christmas windows. The sociable staff are renowned for setting up displays, made of clusters of second-hand goods, that put retailers’ visual merchandisers to shame. Filled with notably incredible leatherwear, shoes and dresses, these two are hard to beat on the op shop front.
Sacred Heart Mission – 1/486 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick
87 Grey Street, St Kilda
Toorak Opportunity Shop
We know. Toorak is the LAST place you’d expect to find an amazing op shop. This one’s here to prove all the skeptics wrong. The Toorak Opportunity Shop hosts high quality brands, which does mean your note that the prices are a little higher than other op shops. So why are we recommending it then? The quality, care and preservation of the items is almost incomparable. You can pick up a seemingly untouched evening dress or men’s suit, for about $20 – $50.
Toorak Opportunity Shop – 1A Carters Avenue, Toorak
As an area, Fitzroy is an idol when it comes to op shopping. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the suburb than to have one of Melbourne’s most monstrous op shops. With stock to please hipsters, grandmas and everyone in between, this op shop is a relieving one on Smith Street, which is otherwise made up of pricey vintage stores.
Salvos – 427 Smith St, Fitzroy
We don’t know whether it’s a Hampton thing, but this Vinnies is absolutely packed with oodles of designer clothes. The store is charming and clean, yet still overflowing with bargains. It’s a hard place to leave and sometimes harder remembering that it’s actually an op shop!
Vinnies, Hampton – 501 Hampton Street, Hampton
Chapel St Bazaar
Chapel St Bazaar is a proud frontrunner of Melbourne’s vintage fashion scene and does an honourable job of competing with Chapel Street’s abundance of retailers. The bazaar is broken up into individual compartments, filled with glassware, crockery, old telephones, lamps, dolls, record players, cameras– you name it! The jewellery is especially great here, too.
Chapel St Bazaar – 217 Chapel Street, Prahran
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