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2012 March

Salvos – Victoria Street

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The last time I visited this Salvos store on Victoria Street it appeared to be in dire need of some love and attention – which, thankfully, it now seems to be receiving.  During my visit there was a staff member dutifully attending to a bridal-wear display being set up in the window and general collection is carefully organised according to category.  The rear of this op-shop houses a large collection of secondhand furniture including mattresses, dressers, dining tables, desks, wardrobe… even some outdoor furniture.  The Salvos often have sales – all blue ticket items were half price  when I visited and children’s books were 99 cents each – bargain!


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Salvos – Victoria Crescent

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It was Saturday afternoon when I visited the Salvos Store on Victoria Crescent and the place was a hive of activity -bustling with both staff and customers.  The somewhat banal facade of this warehouse does not do justice to the exciting assemblage of secondhand goods inside, which includes clothing, shoes, ties, belts, hats,vinyl records, toys, sports equipment, DVDs & VHS, homewares, artwork, outdoor furniture, lounges, dressers, beds, mattresses, cushions, buttons, lamps, stools, ladders… and much much more.  Salvos stores rely on donations, conveniently this opportunity store has a dedicated loading bay at the rear which is open seven days a week.  The collection point is staffed, ensuring that all donations get to their intended destination and are not left exposed to the elements.


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Australian Red Cross, Swan Street

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The sandwich board outside the Red Cross on Swan Street spruiks the popular brands that can be found inside, these include Cue, Witchery, Country Road, Trent Nathan, Sportsgirl and many more. The store is on the small side but is teeming with stock, the calibre of which reflects the tastes of the Richmond locals who have generously donated to this charitable op-shop.  The volunteers here have paid great attention to detail, it’s clear that much effort has gone into the display and organisation of stock.  The collection includes clothes, hats, belts, ties, bags, glasses, shoes, books, a small array of homewares and a number of very reasonably priced fur jackets for those who are into that kind of thing…


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One Nine One, Bridge Road

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It was St Patrick’s day when I visited One Nine One on Bridge Road and the themed window display hinted at the fun and fabulous vintage store that lay beyond.  Inside this Australian Red Cross op-shop you will find a sea of clothes, scarfs, belts, ties, hats, shoes, sunglasses, bags, wallets, books, records, homewares, cameras, disc-mans, suitcases, a small amount of furniture and much more.  From the swish change rooms down to the timber coat hangers it is obvious that a lot of love and attention has been invested in this opportunity shop – there is even the opportunity to try before you buy with a record player and headphones set up amongst the collection of vinyl records.  Many of the accessories look brand new or barely worn and have been carefully sorted and displayed (see photos below).  At the rear of the store you will find the secondhand book section complete with reading chairs, a lovely place to sit if you need a little respite from all that shopping.


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Smith Street Bazaar

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Hello vintage furniture!  Smith Street Bazaar stocks a wide variety of furniture and homewares, specialising in mid 20th century pieces hand picked by an assortment of vendors who trade their wares in this marvellous, two tiered, vintage store.  The size of Smith Street Bazaar is not made apparent by its street frontage, this place extends deep into the block providing ample space for the abundance of beautiful stock.  On the second level you will also find a small selection of clothing and accessories, however the furniture is undeniably the star of the show.  From the ceiling hangs a sea of light fittings and almost every inch of floor space is filled with vintage gems.


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