I am a mad Op Shop and Thrift store shopper, I love the thrill of looking for bargains, finding vintage tablecloths, doilies and glass ware and good quality cheap clothes for myself and my family.
My husband and I usually make a day of it and try to visit as many shops as we can in a day - why waste a bargain hunting opportunity by only visiting a shop or two.
Last Thursday we went to 8 shops in total - that's a record for us I think.
First stop was Doncare in Tunstall Square - this was a new one for us. Its a tiny shop but still has lots crammed in there.
I bought a tiny tiny round doily probably only 10cm across and a hand towel that I will probably use as a tray cloth, both beautifully embroidered. I also found a wonderful, unused linen tea towel and a white damask tablecloth that needs a good soak - score!
My husband Rene convinced me that he needed to buy the worlds ugliest silk dressing gown - be thankful I didnt take photos of it - and books - he always buys books.
Next we went to the Red store - the newish Red Cross store. Hmm, not very impressed though - lots of very expensive, not that good quality clothes.
Bought a black shirt for Rene - $9.95 - not really a bargain but looked to be new.
Then on to Brentwood Square. The first stop was the This and That store - wow they have some beautiful stuff there, more like an antique store than just an op shop, with prices to match!
Only bought some much needed forks there - 8 forks for $5. Then on to the Doncare store in the same shopping strip. Another black shirt for Rene, this time only $3.
Next was a small shop on the corner of Boronia Road and Canterbury road - I am not sure of the name.
There I found a pasta maker with a ravioli attachment for $15 and a new Country Road skirt, tags still attached with a $135 price tag, for just $15.
Finally on the way home we stopped at the Rotary Store and the Animal Aid Shop on Canterbury Road in Box Hill South - looked at lots but didnt buy anything.
Last stop was the Salvos store at Balwyn on Whitehorse Road where I scored another great skirt for Winter for just $10.
All in all a great but exhausting day.