Saturday, October 10, 2009

Op shop tour

I won tickets to an op shop tour a couple of weekend ago. I was a little unsure about what to expect as I consider myself to be pretty familiar with op shops and when the first stop was in the inner north, I thought 'oh no I will know them all' but I had only been to two out of the five that we visited. It was seriously a great day, being on a bus with other keen op shoppers was great and since it was a diverse group it didn't seem like we had to compete over items. The shops were all spread out, which was great since I tend to be more familiar with op shops in the west and north, but not very familiar with those in the south and east and we had discounts at four out of the five op shops, there were even prices under some of the seats on the bus, so some lucky people had $10 vouchers to spend at one of the shops. I went when I was trying to save money but still managed to pick up 5 purchases for under $15: 2 skirts, 2 pillowcases and a dress.

I think this would especially great for someone who doesn't drive or was a keen op shopper and new to Melbourne, but was still lots of fun and well worth the price for a regular Melbourne op shopper. I went with a friend who is so crazy about op shopping that she keeps maps in her car of all of the op shop locations and has gone to more than anyone I have ever met and she still managed to come home learning about 2 new op shops and $50 lighter.

Jo runs the tours quite regularly in Melbourne and Adelaide and the shops change regularly. She also has a op shop blog with a list of op shop by suburb.

I wish that the cities that I am traveling to at the end of the year had op shop tours. If you know of any in Berlin, London or Hong Kong please let me know.


Rose said...

I just saw a segment on TV about the tours a couple of weeks ago! If its the same company, they also had vintage tours. I would love to go! Thanks for the link to the blog.


pinkurocks said...

I am totally going to do this. a friend of mine from qld told me I have to wait until she visits though...sounds like such a great time!

Theresa said...

That's a great idea, and it sounds like fun.

kristy said...

Rose, I think it might be the same one.

Pinku, Erin was saying that she thought you might enjoy it :-)

Theresa, I know, so much better than regular shopping tours.

BrisVegan said...

That sounds like great fun. I will have to see if there is anything similar up here in Brisvegas.