OP SHOPPING has been going in and out of fashion like flares and fluoros.
But right now it’s as popular and consistent as skinny jeans.
This week is National Op Shop Week, and op shops far and wide are making their presence known with extravagant events and special in-store deals.
Light Lounge op shop co-ordinator Angela Kelly said they had discussed doing something extravagant for Op Shop Week, but as a charitable organisation they decided it was fitting to have additional discounts on existing stock.
“We’ve had 50 per cent off all our books, which is a big thing for some of our customers,” Ms Kelly said.
Ms Kelly only started at the Light Lounge – one of UnitingCare’s five Ballarat-region op shops – in January.
“I’ve always op shopped and I’ve worked in retail before, so when the opportunity came up I thought it was perfect.”
She said they had a wide range of customers.
“We have people that come in every week to see what’s about – people that come and just look at books, just at clothes or just at bric-a-brac.
“We have a piano here and a sitting area, so there are groups that meet for a chat, or some just come in to play the piano.”
However, Ms Kelly said she was loved looking for that unique find.
“People, including myself, like to look for things that are unique – that no one else has.”
Her favourite op shop finds include a 50 cent pair of Italian leather shoes and a long green cardigan.
“Other people like to buy things for their beach shacks or caravan and be a bit eclectic.”
Helen Vallance has been volunteering at the Light Lounge for 25 to 30 years.
“All of my wardrobe has either been bought from an op shop or I’ve bought the material and made it myself,” she said.
“It’s better quality.”
The 83-year-old, who volunteers at the shop two days a week, said she enjoyed the social aspect of being in an op shop as well as the clothes.
“I’ve visited other op shops in the area just for a look but I tend to buy most from here.”