Perth’s 5 Best Op Shops

 

Attention Op Shoppers of WA  – want to know Perth’s best op shops? Hannah (In the Dress Up Box) gives us a rundown of her favourites as well as what goodies you are likely to find in each! 

Hey there, I’m Hannah from In The Dress Up Box!
I’m an op-shopping nut who loves rifling through racks at my favourite second-hand stores. Whether you want to put together a fabulous wardrobe or style up your home, op shops are the way. Don’t believe me? Just take a look into a few of these stores and see what you find!

To get you started, today I’m sharing my top five favourite Perth op shops.  And of course, my favourite Perth Salvos Stores.

  1. Salvos O’Connor

A perennial favourite of mine. If you are new to op-shopping then this is a great place to start! It’s big but not overwhelming. O’Connor Salvos is super organised. Vintage, brand new and designer clothing are separated making it easy to find a fab item! This great floral dress is just one of the myriad of things I’ve found there over the years.

SalvosOconnor

Good for:
Accessories
Dresses
Shoes

Find Me: 354A South Street, O’Connor

  1. RSPCA Palmyra

This op shop is the closest one to my home so I find myself popping in weekly. It’s recent revamp means it now stocks a fantastic range of vintage clothing. My most exciting score from this store is my wedding dress! I tried on this beautiful 1950’s wedding gown on a whim a few days after getting engaged. I fell in love. It was a total fluke and exactly what I love about op shops, you just never know what you’ll find! While the dress set me back $50 it goes down in history as my favourite op shop purchase ever. As I haven’t got married yet there is no photo but here’s another gem I found there…

RSPCA

Good for:
Vintage
Jewellery Accessories

Find me: 59 Carrington Street, Palmyra

  1. Salvos Bibra Lake

This Salvos is MASSIVE. I love it. It has a huge selection of clothing and accessories, as well as furniture and house hold items. Late last year when I moved into my new home, I managed to furnish and style the whole place almost only from op shops. And Salvos, Bibra Lake was a gold mine! My favourite find was my gorgeous solid Jarrah coffee table. In perfect condition for just $20!

Salvos Birba Lake

Good for: 

Homewares
Art
Furniture
Linen / fabric

Find Me: 28B Port Kembla Drive, Bibra Lake

  1. St Luke’s Op Shop

One of Perth’s best kept op shop secrets. It is tucked away in the basement of St Luke’s Church in Mosman Park. I’ve found SO many amazing things there over the years, most recently a Fendi cross body bag for $10! The store is small and only open 3 days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) but it well worth a trip! After you’ve had a rummage you can stay for a cup of tea and slice of cake with the lovely volunteers that run the store. Op shopping AND cake?! Doesn’t get much better than that!
St Lukes

Good for:

Designer gear
High end high street labels

Find Me: 20 Monument Street, Mosman Park

  1. Good Sammie’s Fremantle 

I love this store for two reasons; it’s open on Sundays and it’s CHEAP! They have crazy sales and you can find some incredible things. I got this awesome rainbow dress for $1 in one of their sales! It’s one of the few Perth op shops that open on a Sunday, so it’s perfect for an afternoon shopping date. But beware, it isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s chock-a-block, disorganized and full of bargains. Before you dive into the madness, make sure you are mentally prepared.

Good Sammies

 

 

 

 

 

Good for:

Sunday shopping
Home wares
Cheap clothing

Find Me: 181 High Street, Fremantle 

So that’s it for me, hope this comes in handy for those is WA or anyone passing by Perth! Happy op shopping!!
Click here to Find a Salvos Stores near you 🙂

 

Today’s feature store: Canning Vale

Come and join our wonderful team of volunteers at the Canning Vale store situated on the corner of Bannister Road and South Street Canning Vale. Volunteers are required Tuesday afternoons, Thursday mornings, Fridays and Saturdays.

If you can spare a few hours a week, want to make a difference to someone’s life, or if you want to come along for the enjoyment, we would love to have you join our team.

When I asked my Staff and Volunteers why they give up their time to help Salvos Stores, these are the responses I got:

Jean, full time Sales Assistant (10+ years service): ‘I like to feel like I’m making a difference.’

Kellie, casual Sales Assistant (new staff member): ‘I like working with people and interacting with the customers I meet.’

Margaret, volunteers 15 hours per week (8 months service): ‘I like socialising with people in a nice environment and giving something back to the community’

Kerry, volunteers four hours per week (five years service): ‘I like to volunteer because of the social aspect, and I like to feel I am making a difference.’

Bulu, volunteers 12 hours per week (three years service): ‘I like to learn and help out.’

Sue, volunteers eight hours per week, (three years plus service): ‘I like the social aspect in a friendly place and know I am making a difference.’

Kathy, volunteers three hours per week (10 plus years of service): I have met a lot of nice staff and volunteers during my ten years. The time at Salvos stores makes a light relief from my usually busy life.

Maurie, volunteers five hours per week (five plus years of service): ‘I like to volunteer to help the girls and also help the community. I really enjoy it.’

Tammy, Store Manager, (five plus years service): ‘I enjoy meeting all the lovely people on a daily basis. It’s a great, friendly environment. I genuinely love what I’m doing and get a lot of job satisfaction. Most importantly, I know that our team is making a difference in somebody else’s life every day. Whether it be our customers, or the people that our funds help in the community.’

-Posted by Tammy

A day in the life of the Salvos Stores CEO’s personal assistant

Below are details of an average working day as Allen’s personal assistant. As you can see, things can be quite hectic as the personal assistant for the CEO of one of Australia’s largest not for profits!

7.30am – Arrive at the office, set up Allen’s desk ready for his day ahead.

7.35am – Allen arrives, get Allen’s coffee (the most important job of the morning!)

7.45am – Check emails and respond to the 20-30 that have arrived overnight.

8.30am – Compile today’s to do list (bringing the items that did not get done yesterday onto today’s list!)

8.45am- Check phone messages and respond accordingly.

9.00am – Three more emails come through that need to be actioned today – Redo to do list.

9.30am – Need to call Sean in WA, realize it is 6.30am there and this will have to wait.

10.00am – The flow of staff needing Allen’s signature starts, I start the signing pile, this will save some time if Allen signs everything at one time later in the day.

10.30am – Realise I have not worked on one item from the to do list yet!

10.45am – Four people arrive at my desk all wanting to see Allen now! I find time in Allen’s calendar for everyone.

11.00am – Its conference time soon so I start to work on the accommodation lists. This involves chasing up all the forms which have not been returned and then allocating all staff with the person they have elected to share with.

12.00pm – An issue has come up and a staff member needs flights and accommodation booked so they can travel in two days time!

12.30pm – Lunch time. Sometimes eaten at my desk other times in the tea room which usually involves a few laughs with the HR team.

1.00pm – Back to the accommodation lists – Four different staff would like to share with one particular person (popular staff member); this is not going to work!

1.20pm – More emails arrive with items to be added to the to do list.

1.30pm – More forms and invoices arrive for Allen to sign.

2.00pm – My head is spinning with names and room numbers, might be time to check that to do list again.

2.15pm – A customer has called me to make a complaint, it takes a lot of time to hear the complaint and then reason with the customer and explain on behalf of Salvos Stores.

2.40pm – Go to the bathroom and discover three people have slipped past my desk and are standing at Allen’s door all wanting to see him now!

2.45pm – Remember I needed to call Sean from this morning.

3.00pm – Two emails arrive and staff have decided they would like to change the person they are sharing with at conference, this will involve rejigging all of the work I have done earlier.

3.30pm – Finally begin the first item on my to do list.

4.00pm – With one item on my to do list completed and some conference work completed it has been a successful day!

4.30pm – Time to drive home, usually involving the running of tomorrow’s to do list through my head.

5.00pm – Home finally, usually have a quick look at my emails to make sure nothing important has popped up while I was away from my computer. Also send myself emails because I have remembered extra items that should be on the ever growing to do list.

– Posted by Michelle