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The best op shops in Melbourne

Time Out scours the op shops around Melbourne to find the best ones for your needs

Photograph: Robert Polmear

Op shopping in Melbourne

The Shop of Op

If you're a Windsor-end of Chapel Street kinda shopper, then you'll know the Pop Up Op Shop well. Set up by Shekinah Homeless Service, it's the sort of place where you can leave with armfuls of secondhand designer fashion, quirky homewares and retro furniture knowing that you've also helped provide meals and beds to those in need.

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Brotherhood of St Laurence: Brunswick

This northside store is how one would imagine op-shop porn. It’s impossible to leave this store empty-handed. From records, to books to quirky pieces and a whole vintage clothing section complete with shoes and bags. This is the kind of op-shop you can walk into with an idea of what you want and you can guarantee you will get it - whilst holding your first album, on vinyl in mint condition.

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Salvos Store: Abbotsford

Moved to Melbourne and need to furnish a bedroom, a house? This Salvos has all your furniture needs sorted. Buy a chest of drawers for $30, a '70s coffee table for $40 and a couch for $50. The clothes here aren’t anything special but their book collection is out of this world. This is the kind of op-shop were you buy that obscure piece that you know you will never use, but at the same time, can’t resist. Roller-hockey anyone?

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Salvos Store: Kilsyth

This Salvos is for the keen op-shoppers who love the thrill of striking gold in a pile of suburban waste. Behind the plastic prams and crap floral furniture you will find the best set of wine glasses or a retro wooden fruit bowl shaped as pineapple for 50 cents.

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Savers Recycle Superstore: Greensborough

It’s worth the long hike alone once you step inside the juggernaut that is Greensborough Savers. A massive warehouse filled with endless aisles of clothes you will need to make sure you’ve had a big brekkie to tackle the task at hand. You will come out of a day’s shopping with a bagful of new threads and RSI.

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Sacred Heart Mission: St Kilda East

This tiny little op shop houses some kitsh little pieces that are soon to adorn the walls of your house. And because of it’s Christian background, you will be sure to find Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary prints and some gold-edged religious icons. Great for retro cookbooks and random bits and bobs.

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Loosen your purse strings and wander Melbourne's streets for a spot of retail therapy. From vintage treasures and sale outlets, to artisan goods and gourmet pantry goods, there's plenty of great shops to throw a credit card at.

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