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Mission Op Shop – Chapel Street

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The Mission Op Shop was a little hectic when I visited, with staff and donations in abundance, there is potential for this opportunity shop to be quite lovely once it settles into its groove.  The front of the store is brimming with men’s and women’s clothing whilst out the back you will find books, CDs, games, records, shoes, accessories and sporting equipment – there was even a set of retro golf clubs!  The slightly disorderly stock makes for good rummaging and there are plenty of staff around to assist with any queries you might have.  The Mission is currently recruiting volunteers, offering training and a supportive work environment for people overcoming mental illness.  Donations are welcome and all proceeds from the store go towards supporting The Mission.

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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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Lost and Found Market – NOW CLOSED

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Unfortunately the Collingwood branch of Lost & Found is now closed, but you can check out the East Brunswick Lost and Found on weekends from 10am – 6pm.

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Welcome to vintage nirvana! This pre-loved paradise consists of a series of small stalls run by individual stakeholders, resulting in pockets of hand selected vintage stock each with its own flavour and focus – some are filled with cameras, many are crammed with clothes and shoes, while others are brimming with homewares and furniture.  The Lost and Found Market has been running since 2004, during this time it has shifted to various locations in Collingwood, most recently to Perry Street, just off Smith Street.  Ross (the owner) and his team have once again demonstrated their  capacity to turn an empty warehouse into a vintage wonderland.  Their clever layout and manipulation of space will guide you on a journey through the cornucopia of stock – this thrift store is massive, so be prepared to spend many hours absorbing its vintage delights.


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Out of the Closet

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If you blink you might miss the entrance to Out of the Closet.  Keep your eyes peeled for the set of stairs that will lead you from Flinders street to the basement location of this vintage store.  Here you will find a solid collection of vintage goods such as belts, ties, boots, hats, shirts, skirt, dresses, pants (there was guy trying on a pair of leather pants when I visited), bathers, handbags and vinyl records, as well as a dedicated costume area.  The fitout leaves much to be desired, having said that, the modest decor may account for the relatively competitive prices for such a secondhand store in such a prime location.

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Salvos Smith Street Store

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The Salvos on Smith Street is a classic op shop, with cheap prices, variable quality of stock and a miscellany of customers ranging from grandmas to hipsters and everything in between.  This humble secondhand haven provides a refreshing change from the mostly upmarket and highly selective vintage stores that litter Smith Street.  It stocks homewares (retro crockery as well as near new Jamie Oliver salad bowls for $8), clothes (men’s and women’s), a limited range of furniture (desks, dressers, couches, mattresses), books, CDs and a small selection of vinyl.

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