Guest Editor’s Guide To Op Shopping

Our lovely Guest Editor Em from Spin Dizzy Fall brings us her top tips for thrift shopping! 

Opportunity shops, thrift stores, charity shops, second hand whatever you want to call them, Op-shops are filled with vintage treasure and surprises that you just can’t know until you visit.

Nowadays there are lots of amazing vintage stores and online sellers to get your vintage fix but sometimes if you need that certain something special to complete an outfit the best way is to search at the source!

Due to the recent vintage trends in the past  5 years most op-shop prices have steadily risen however it’s the bargain that is the most satisfying when on a vintage hunt so in this post I’ll be giving a few tips and tricks about op shops.

1. The first step is to locate your local Op-shop! ‘Salvos’, ‘Vinnies’ and Savers (VIC) are most common. Often the area you shop in will make an impact on prices so sometimes little Op-shops will give you a better bargain!

2. SALES! I’ve found that ‘Salvos’ is your best bet for sales as they will run a 50% off different coloured tags each week. Vinnies will run sale days each month so check with your local store for the dates.

3. If you searching for something in a hurry places that colour code their stock, such as ‘Vinnies’, are very helpful!

4. Always check for damage when buying clothes and don’t be afraid to try things on before you buy! Often items such as vintage jeans look can look very different when on the hanger.

5. Tip five is an odd one but is always discussed amongst avid op-shoppers; Check the kids sections. One of my favourite denim jackets was found in the kids section! Sometimes they have been placed in the wrong place but in my case my jacket is just ‘cropped’.

6. Don’t forget about jewellery, sunglasses, bags, belts and shoes! It may not be what your looking for but every now and then you can  stumble across a gem!

7. Always check the label. You never know, you could be walking out with a vintage designer piece! Don’t be afraid of an eccentric design as you can always dress it down.

8. Lastly, if you find something you love but it is too long or too big you can always take it home and get crafty! Take up the hem or cut off the collar. A little DIY every now and then gets the inspiration flowing!

Happy Hunting!

All images belong to Spin Dizzy Fall


  • Reply Anonymous Thursday 1st July, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Just wondering if you know about this online op shop?
    It’s still a work in progress, but worthy of a look. Quality and clean preloved items for sale.
    Happy hunting.

  • Reply ozmickey Saturday 7th April, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I find the best deals at my local opshop.

  • Reply shell0606 Monday 16th January, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Lovely post

  • Reply dancenow13 Saturday 22nd October, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Great tips! I’m a huge fan of op shopping!

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Monday 17th October, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Interesting article

  • Reply vonisntflexi Sunday 16th October, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    great tips! and nice photos!

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Friday 14th October, 2011 at 11:20 am

    love thrift stores.. You can always find an amazing piece (if you dig hard enough!) just need the commitment!

  • Reply kimberlay Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the great tips <3

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Interesting, thanks.

  • Reply Razia108 Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Now I know what i’m doing on the weekend – going op shopping! 🙂

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 10:00 am

    i love op-shopping… i have found awesome pieces and the best part about it is that most likely you are the only one with that item of clothing 🙂

  • comebacks
    Reply comebacks Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Not as cool as Topshop, I must say. .. but your tips tempt me to go!

  • Reply thugsy Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 9:07 am

    op shop – the new black

  • Reply doogs Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 8:53 am

    great tips 🙂

  • Reply pearl06 Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Maybe i should also go n browse the op shops! Great tips though.

  • Reply simply Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 1:32 am

    opshop is great:)

  • Reply silvanagu Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 1:15 am


  • Reply chocolatelace Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 12:29 am

    love the assymetrical clutch!

  • Reply leighbonello Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Those are some good tips!

  • Reply greengal Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 12:16 am

    thanks for the tips! is awesome

  • Reply stefaneigh Tuesday 11th October, 2011 at 12:06 am

    good tips, can often find a good bargain if your lucky

  • Reply livi Monday 10th October, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I love op shopping! Great bargains 🙂

  • Reply kittydoll Monday 10th October, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Great tips! I should get into opshopping!

  • Reply tessarella Monday 10th October, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    these tips are great, thankyou!

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Monday 10th October, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I have to go thrift store shopping some time!

  • Reply themissus Monday 10th October, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    You gotta love a bargain!

  • Reply MsKimo Monday 10th October, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Wonderful tips! I hope you don’t live where I live, I want to find clothes at great prices too…if only I had the time.

    Thanks sweety! xx

  • lovethoseshoes
    Reply lovethoseshoes Monday 10th October, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    op shops are the best. i always manage to find something amazing!

  • Reply thing13 Monday 10th October, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Love love love op shops never know what i might find.

  • Reply AlexandraRose Monday 10th October, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Great tips! x

  • Reply ECG Monday 10th October, 2011 at 4:41 pm


  • Reply Serena86 Monday 10th October, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Great tips!

  • Reply mmariahhlee Monday 10th October, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    i’m obsessed with thrift stores at the moment. they’re awesome!

  • Reply ytytytyt Monday 10th October, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    thanks for the tips! and i love your picuteres! especially the last one!! beautiful!

  • sumaya
    Reply sumaya Monday 10th October, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    It’s amazing at some of the great bargains you can find!

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