Op shopping has always been a love of mine since I was young and through the years I have come across some of the best op shops Australia wide. Knowing where to find treasures and a multitude of beautiful preloved fashion can be a challenge especially in Sydney. I thought I would share with you all my list of the best op shops in Sydney to help guide you on where to find those special vintage and preloved fashion pieces. Pictured below thrifted outfit from the Wayside Op shop.
1. THE WAYSIDE CHAPEL OPSHOP
If you’ve got an eye for bargains and a taste for vintage, you can’t go past Wayside’s Op Shops. Wayside now has two Op Shops in the eastern suburbs – bringing you an even larger, more curated range of eclectic fashion finds at a bargain.
Packed with clothes, jewellery and kitsch delights, their Op Shops are a favourite of fashionistas looking for quirky one-offs and affordable designs. Dinnigan, Gucci and Sass & Bide – donated by some of Wayside’s very well dressed supporters – nestle amongst more humble brand names and handmade items. Whether you are looking for a classic shirt, jeans, leather boots, a festival outfit or a designer silk lace slip dress (seriously), the Op Shop is bound to have something to suit your style.
Shoppers have the added benefit of knowing that every dollar spent goes straight towards offering services to those in the community who are most in need. They accept donations of clothes, jewellery, homewares and shoes but they DO NOT accept electrical items or very large clothing donations.
Op Shop Locations:
Wayside Op Shop Kings Cross
29 Hughes Street
Wayside Op Shop North Bondi
40-42 Warners Avenue
2. THE SLEEVELESS SOCIETY
These guys specialise in vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and homewares (sold in-store) imported from around the world and sourced locally in Australia. They have an amazingly stylish range of designer and on-trend pieces from all eras, carefully selected to offer a curated collection for their shoppers which represents their modern aesthetic and brand. They particularly focus on unique one off pieces and pride themselves on a competitive price point.
The Sleeveless Society love's the idea of recycled fashion. Giving an item of clothing or a delicate accessory life again. The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is what they live by at The Sleeveless Society. You’re also doing something good for the environment. It's a win win!
Located in Sydney's Eastern suburbs: Shop 2, 181c Edgecliff Road, Woollahra NSW 2025.
3. SALVO'S CHIC STREET BOUTIQUE
Salvo's chic street boutique is lovingly curated by eco fashionista Faye Delanty. With so many beautiful pieces to choose from all ranging from luxury or designer to vintage clothing and accessories, each piece had been carefully selected to save you all the trouble of digging through yourself. At the Salvos street boutique you can find designer brands at a fraction of the retail price as well as some amazing vintage pieces sure to compliment any eco fashionista's wardrobe. The boutique is replenished daily and is reliant on donations and although op-shopping is hard, Faye proves that the quality of garments you can find can be quite extraordinary.
33/6 Cnr Pelican Street & Oxford Street DARLINGHURST NSW 2010. Ph (02) 9262 9451
4. RED CROSS OP SHOP PADDINGTON
Red Cross charity stores have more than 4,500 fabulous volunteers who help their stores to run. Without them, we wouldn't be able to save 450 tonnes of clothing from landfill per year, or raise money to help fund Red Cross' humanitarian activities around the world.
Their stores are entirely run by the goodwill of people who generously give their time. Volunteers are provided with training opportunities that include customer service, cash register use, stock preparation and visual merchandising.
This Paddington store is filled with a lovely selection from vintage to preloved to dead sale stock sent direct from brands that haven't been worn or are slightly defected but still in almost perfect condition. With a frequent range of designer brand items available from International brands such as vintage Salvatore Ferragamo to Australian brands such as Zimmermann and Country Road you are sure to find a few hidden treasures and bargain finds.
Location: 390 Oxford Street Paddington, NSW 2021
5. UTURN RECYCLED FASHION
Nothing like a good rummage in search of a vintage treasure. These secondhand and recycled clothing stores aren't fancy, but they aren't expensive either. A bit more upmarket than your average op shop but not pretending to be glam in any way, it's a good place to hunt for something stylish everyone else might have missed.
Locations: Newtown and Bondi Beach