Yesterday marked the beginning of National Op Shop Week. This week long campaign by Do Something Near You means that each and every one of you can contribute through a number of community programs and at local Op Shop donation areas.
A significant number of community programmes are funded by the income derived from charity op shops and charity collection bins. So why is your donation is so important? It’s simple! Many Australians visit their local charity op shop to find a bargain or to save money on essentials. The money they spend funds vital community programmes. This would not be possible without the generosity of Australians who donate to their local op shops – Do Something Near You.
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to be interviewed by The Canberra Times on what my favourite Op Shop find is and why. You can read the full article here, and check out my answers below!
Fashion find: A vintage Burberry denim jacket.
Where I found it: While shopping in SoHo New York City in summer last year. My Mum and I stumbled across a gorgeous op shop that sold high-quality, thrifted pieces. After much rummaging around we found this beautiful Burberry denim jacket that was in mint condition. There was no need to even think about it, I just had to have it.
How much did it cost? $US250.
What I love about it: I love that it is trans-seasonal. I can wear it throughout the year. It has button detailing on the cuffs, but also the ability to turn the cuffs up to show the iconic Burberry print. I also love that it fits right in with the other pieces in my wardrobe.
Best tip for op shopping: Definitely take the time to have a good look around the store and spend time browsing through the racks of clothes. There are always going to be hidden gems that you won’t find unless you spend the time. If you can, try an item on before you purchase. There is nothing worse than spending the money on a good thrifted piece, and then not actually wearing it because it doesn’t fit or suit you.
Best ever op-shop find? I found a vintage Hermes envelope clutch along Portobello Road in London last year. Let’s just say it was a great trip for finding thrifted designer pieces. I love the Hermes clutch because it is extremely versatile and can fit so much in it. I also love it because I bought it in my favourite city in the the world.
So what’s your favourite Op Shop find? If you’re a Canberra local and into designer Vintage pieces (like me), then Designer Op Shop in Braddon is the place you need to be. I also recommend checking out your local Vinnies or Salvation Army – you never know what you may find.