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The Mill Market – Newcomb

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I had driven past The Mill Market in Newcomb many times, for those of you who frequent the Bellarine peninsula you have most likely spotted the massive orange barn on the outskirts of Geelong.  It was only recently that I found time to pop in and rummage through what can only be described as a secondhand megastore.  The two levels of The Mill are brimming with goodies including retro speaker systems, homewares, kitchen cabinets, records, chairs, books, baskets, fishing rods, ladders, clothing, bikes, lamps, shoes, basins, rollerskates, chairs, fans, birdcages… You can even find giant plastic ice-creams in this place!

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Vision Australia – Rye

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Next time you find yourself cruising down Point Nepean Rd take a pit stop at this pleasant little op shop.  Beyond the lack lustre facade you will find clothing, homewares, toys, VHS, DVDs, sporting goods, records, books, haberdashery, hats, bags, belts and loads more.  As you would expect at a country op shop such is this the prices are low and the quality of stock varies.

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Community First Op Shop – North Melbourne

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As you make your way down Queensberry Street keep your eyes peeled for the blue awning that adorns the entry to Community First Op Shop.  Inside you will find a strange melange of secondhand goods including clothing, shoes, records, books, VHS, lamps, mannequins, vases, homeswares, jewellery, suitcases and bags.  Amongst the chaos there were a number of stand out items – a beautifully crafted 1930s golf club, baby blue typewriter, metal chests, scales and a number of world weary suitcases.

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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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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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