There’s no denying it any longer. The leaves are turning orange, Autumn is here, and…
Op-shopping isn’t just kind on your wallet—it’s kind on the environment too.
Here are 10 to explore around Canberra.
Designer Op Shop Emporium, Fyshwick
A mecca for all things vintage, designer and retro, Designer Op Shop became an icon of Lonsdale Street before moving to Fyshwick in order to expand into an Emporium.
Alongside unique vintage finds and designer labels you’ll find gorgeous flowers and plants, retro homewares, jewellery and more.
1 Lyell St, Fyshwick | dosemporium.com.au
Down Memory Lane, Fyshwick
Down Memory Lane is a treasure trove of vintage. Lose yourself in rows of cabinets showcasing everything from mid-century furniture to musical instruments, vintage Wedgwood and more. Collectors, look no further.
34 Geelong Street, Fyshwick | downmemorylane.net.au
One of the biggest (and, in my humble opinion, best) op-shops in Canberra, the ideal time to visit is Saturday morning, where you can shop ‘til your heart’s content and then grab a charity snag out the front for lunch.
There are also one-and-a-half floors of furniture and homewares. Run, don’t walk.
15 Mildura Street, Fyshwick
Not only is this a quality Salvos with plenty of free parking, but it was the first in Canberra to get its own Street Boutique. The boutique is a select range of high-end labels at outrageously low prices, including shoes, bags and jewellery. A must-do for Southsiders.
Shop 7, Phillip Market Place, Cnr Hindmarsh Drive and Botany Street
Red Cross Shop, Woden
One of the most beautifully curated op-shops in Canberra, the Red Cross Shop has a surprising amount of high-end labels as well as a great selection of gifts and a whole wall of jewellery.
Shop 107-109 Woden Square (just down from the entrance to Westfield Woden)
Another Chance Op Shop, Scullin
You’ll find racks upon racks of pre-loved clothing at Another Chance, but wait, there’s more. Look out for their collection of prints, vintage furniture and collectable knick-knacks.
Scullin Shops, Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin
This is one of my favourite op-shops for kitchenware, hands down, but of course, there’s also a great range of clothing and accessories. The shoe and formalwear sections are also especially large.
32 Buckland Street, Mitchell
A jewel of the north-west, this Salvos isn’t just spacious, it has a whole section of high-end and designer label clothing filled with labels like Cue, Diana Ferrari and Country Road. Make sure you peruse the glass cabinet at the register for retro jewellery and antiques.
53 Bowman Street, Macquarie
The Green Shed Underground, City
Tucked away in the corner of Garema Place, head downstairs to find an op-shopping heaven. Lose yourself in row upon row of pre-loved fashion, shoes, accessories, CDs and DVDs, crockery, board games and much, much more.
Cnr East Row and City Walk (behind McDonald’s) | thegreenshed.net.au