Op shops, market stalls, garage sales, that is my idea of fun & retail therapy. There is not much I like better than finding a great bargain. I prefer it to buying things brand new. I can usually find something good every time I go. There are so many reasons why I like it. It is recycling at its best. It reduces packaging, landfill & consumerism, it costs you a lot less, & you find great things.
I’m sitting on my double recliner lounge which I got from a local op shop for $95 including delivery & it looks brand new! Majority of my clothes are 2nd hand & I prefer it this way. I’m unique; I am not wearing clothes from a chain shop that dozens of other people are wearing at the same time. I find excellent quality things all the time!
For Christmas 2014 my family had an environmental theme, meaning we could buy nothing new, it had to be recycled, home-made, or an experience. Two Bread makers were exchanged, some lovely clothes were received. I was given a slow cooker & a gorgeous casserole dish. One sister made some home-made Dukkah, peanut butter – (my favourite), veggie stock, pasta sauce & a voucher for a homemade dinner. (Which I’ve recently cashed & am waiting to receive!) My Mum did some sewing & made my daughter some cute little overalls. She also potted me some plants from off cuts in her garden & put them into hanging baskets with bark from her trees! The Grandkids were given photo albums with pictures of themselves that Granddad had taken. They also got vouchers for a trampolining place next time they visit the city. My baby got her first bike and a cabbage patch from her big sister that cost us 25cents! Movie tickets were given and a family bowling tournament was begun, with tickets for 2 games & a ten pin trophy. It was so much fun seeing what each of us had found.
Op Shopping has been a hobby of mine since I was about 18, when I went from feeling embarrassed to go into an Op Shop to realising what a gold mine is at my fingertips.
Give it a go sometime if you haven’t already, you’ll be surprised by what you find!