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Brotherhood of St Laurence

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence stands as proof that not for profit stores needn’t lack character or charm as this store has both in abundance.  This opportunity store has really upped its game since last time I visited with a fabulous Hunter Gather ‘fancy section’ at the front of the store, which features an array of fashionable and popular items – fur jackets, dresses, blouses, suitcases, lamps & dressers – hand-picked from the larger BSL collection.  The general stock includes books, bags, scarfs hats, shoes, clothing, homewares, furniture, linen, children’s wear, sunglasses, artwork and much more.

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All Aboard- Old Wares and Collectables

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This secondhand emporium is off the beaten track but well worth a trip if you are looking for unusual collectables and homewares.  The collection is quite vast and is housed in and around three decommissioned tram carriages.  Stock includes vintage crockery, cutlery, scales, camping and military equipment, lamps, clocks, telephones,cabinets, mirrors, traffic lights, plumbing fixtures, hats, luggage, artwork, cast iron furniture, wagon wheels, globes, refrigerators, punch bowls (with matching cups and ladel – a personal favourite), as well as bizarre items such as 1920s gas masks and surprisingly beautiful meat safes.

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Lost & Found – Brunswick

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As you may have guessed this marvellous vintage store on Lygon Street is the sibling of the Lost & Found Market in Collingwood.  Consequently, I had great expectations… and it delivered!  Similar to the Perry Street outpost, the Brunswick Lost & Found is divided into stalls each with its own theme and focus.  Some stalls specialise is stereos and record players, others feature bikes and many of the stalls stock furniture, clothing, accessories, homewares and collectables – you really must see it for yourself to understand the magnitude of this collection!

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Savers – Sydney Road

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This secondhand mega store on Sydney road was a hive of activity when I visited on Sunday.  The racks and shelves at Savers are teeming with stock and are super organised – making what would otherwise be a completely overwhelming experience only mildly overwhelming.  I could happily spend hours in this store rummaging through the barrage of stock which includes, clothes, furniture, prams, homewares, luggage, books, games, collectables, accessories, bags, belts, jewellery, ties and much more.  For me the highlight was discovering an old Singer sewing machine in amongst the furniture.

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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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