If you’re only new to the wonderful world of sustainable fashion, one of the easiest way to ease your way in is with op-shopping.
If the last time you set out on a solid day of op-shopping was when your mum was dragging you around trying to get you into some rainbow tie-dyed overalls*, you probably need a bit of a refresher.
We’ve sussed out a few of the best op-shops around Brisbane to help you get on your way.
Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains: Salvos
Starting out on the south side, you can’t go past the Logan Rd Salvos. This large warehouse style store has stacks and stacks of clothes and high turnover of cool furniture. I snapped up an adorable vintage bedside table there for $15 once and their homeware collection is pretty impressive too.
Ipswich Rd, Annerly: Various
There are four wonderful op-shops that specialise in retro clothing and costumes on Ipswich Rd in Annerly. Prices vary around here but if you’re looking for some really wonderful vintage pieces and are willing to pay a little more than your average op-shop, this is a great strip to visit.
Logan Rd and Stones Corner, Greenslopes: Lifeline
There are a couple of great lifeline stores in Greenslopes that always seem to have heaps of new stock in every week. While you’re in the area, it’s worthwhile stopping in to visit our friends at ‘Can You Keep A Secret’ on Logan Rd for beautiful vintage clothes and trinkets.
Latrobe Tce, Paddington: Endo’s
The Endo’s store at paddington specialises in retro and vintage clothing - and they have heaps of it! Don’t forget to visit the downstairs area of their shop for endless racks of affordable vintage garments. While you’re on Latrobe Tce, stop in at Vinnie’s too - it’s just down the road.
Boundary Rd, West End: Various
On Boundary Rd in West End, you’ll find a Vinnie’s, a Lifeline and Saint Veronica Thrift Shop. The great thing about these stores is that they’re full of really trendy stuff and don’t stock anything too daggy. There are also plenty of vintage boutiques to visit in West End, if you’re looking to spend a little more on something truly exciting.
Brighton Rd, Sandgate: Various
Along Brighton Rd you’ll find a large Salvos, Lifeline and Asthma Foundation store. These stores are a must see on the north side and are always well-stocked with clothing and furniture.
Bay Tce and surrounding streets, Wynnum: Various
This is a great spot if you’re looking for plenty to see in one outing. There are 7 different thrift stores close together in the Wynnum area, all filled with quality clothing, books, furniture and homewares.
*The overalls are a true story.