” I love brands. I truly do. But one of my favourity ways to buy brands and also be “up to date” with fashion. And i dont break the bank account. I love op shopping”
O P P O R T U N I T Y S H O P P I N G – O P S H O P P I N G – V I N N I E S – S A L V O S – S E C O N D H A N D S T O R E
Step one: The planning
It’s always worthwhile to research the op-shop you intend to visit beforehand. Note that country and outer-suburban shops have cheaper merchandise, and that more ‘eccentric’ items can be expected in smaller shops. Make sure that you have enough cash. Op-shops are mostly run for charity, and as such may not be able to afford EFTPOS facilities.
Step two: The rummaging
As you enter the op-shop, grab a basket if one is available. This will make your shopping experience much easier.Don’t be afraid to scour every section of the shop. Again, keep in mind what you’re looking for, but don’t be disheartened if you can’t find it.
Be open to items that may ‘jump out’ at you. If something catches your eye, pick it up and hold it tight, as your excitement in your eyes or body language can’t be felt by the surrounding “op shoppers” and they will take it. It can always be returned to the racks/shelves later.
C l o t h i n g, s h o e s, b a g s, b e l t s, b a g s, s c a r f s, h a t s::
- Size – it doesn’t have to be exact, but it shouldn’t be too far off either
- Material – take into account when you intend to wear it, and how well is washes.
- Deterioration – these include fraying seams, tears, stains and smells.
Lydeeah NOTE: Minor faults should be ignored, But, if you have strong doubts about an item, then it’s a definite ‘no’.
Step three: The modelling
(This only applies to clothes, shoes and accessories. For furniture, books and other paraphernalia, proceed to step four.)
Head to the change rooms when you’re happy with your selections. While trying on the clothes/shoes, examine how they appear on your body. Some things can be slightly ‘off’ or easily repaired, while others must be exact to your measurements (especially suit jackets and dress shoes).
Step four: The judging
Just before approaching the registers, take a final glance at your selections.
Check for things that you may not have noticed earlier:
- Longevity – does the item look like it can withstand further use?
- Utility – are you buying it out of novelty, or will you actually use it?
- Care – can you maintain what you’re buying? For clothing especially, check if a ‘care’ tag is attached. It may be ‘dry-clean only’
If you still have reservations about getting something at this late stage, don’t hesitate to discard it! Somebody elses trash cane some one elses treasure.
Brands I have found along the way of “op shopping” :
GUESS AND SPORTS GIRL CHANNEL FRENCH CONNECTION – LOTS AND LOTS MORE…..
i HOPE THIS MAKES YOUR OP SHOPING EXPERIENCE EXCITING AND PLEASANT AND IT ALSO NICE TO COME HOME WITH SPARE CASH IN YOUR POCKET – i GUESS YOU COULD YOU IT TO GO OUT AND MODEL THOSE “OP SHOP BUYS”
LYDEEAH NOTE: SOME PEOPLE YOU SHOULD JUST NOT TELL WHERE YOU GOT THEM MORE, ITS OUR LITTLE SECRECT.
Love Lydeeah Dees