Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Op Shop Adventures - Ringwood

I've realised I live in such a rich op shop area, there is at least one in almost every suburb around us. I thought it might be nice to go adventuring and give reviews on them. This past Saturday we went into Ringwood to explore the local oppies, and here is what we found:

Savers Ringwood
79-83 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, VIC, 3134
03 9870 1600

Mon-Wed, 9am-7pm
Thur-Fri, 9am - 9pm
Sat, 9am - 6pm
Sun, 10am - 6pm

Firstly, as soon as you walk in the store it's clothes, clothes as far as the eye can see. The store is a split level, so all of the adult clothes and shoes are on the main floor, then kids clothes, books, manchester and pretty much everything else, is on the lower floor.

The store is well lit, and very well organised, which makes it a pleasure to shop there. The staff were all very helpful when we asked questions about the stock, and even had a joke with me when I questioned the final cost (a total of $50 when I thought it would be more like $100). The change rooms are roomy, clean and well lit.


I think because they're such a large store, with so much stock, they can make their prices a little cheaper. For example, kids clothes ranging from 99cents to $5 each, depending on the item. Womens tops all for $4 or under. Records for $2 each, and even less for the smaller ones. 

The stock we looked at all seemed to be in pretty good condition, and the prices were easy to see (the tags for clothes were in obvious places, price stickers for books on the back cover etc).

All in all, I loved going to Savers. We came away with a bag of clothes and a book, for $50, which I thought was amazing. The only thing I missed was seeing a Plus Size section, but I guess you can't win 'em all!

Next was onto Salvos, which is essentially right next door.

Salvos Ringwood
71 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Mon-Fri, 9:00 - 5:30pm
Sat, 9:00 - 5:30pm

Look, I'm not going to lie, we walked into the store, went around once and walked out. The store was dark & musty, the staff were grimacing and I found everything to be over priced.

That being said, we did see an amazing pair of hand painted shoes, which were pretty rad. Not my size, but still, pretty cool.

The store was set out nicely, with fashion displays in the window, and everything very neat and organised. It was easy to tell in which area things belonged, but I think that was also because the store is in such a small space.

Maybe if I'm feeling more forgiving next time, I might take a second look.

Pit stop to pee and rehydrate, then off to Vinnies accross the road.

Vinnies Ringwood
2/82 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Mon-Sat, 9:00- 5:00pm
Sun, 10:00 - 5:00pm

Upon entering the doors, we were greeted with happy staff, a lovely looking store, and a beautiful display. There was music playing in the background, and many colour coordinated treasures to look at.

We walked around for a bit, and ended up buying more kids clothes for Izzy, my girlfriends daughter, as well as six tea towels and I think a couple of other random things. 

I was so impressed with the layout and organisation of the store, especially the bedding section. Everything was in their own pigeon holes, in bags, all separated by size. It was a sight to behold. In front of the manchester, there was some wooden furniture, such as dining tables and chairs, a buffet, and a wardrobe. The tables were presented nicely, without having piles of stuff on top.

There was plenty of crockery, including, my favourite, tea cups! We have our own little collection at home. I'll share it here one day, if I ever remember haha. Anyway, they had a lot of matching cups and saucers, and even some sets. They weren't the cheapest I've ever seen, but it may be because of the label? Not knowing much about fancy tea sets, I couldn't tell you for sure.

I was pretty happy with the store, they don't always have the best prices, but it's a nice store to be in, has a good vibe if you know what I mean. It was easy to navigate around and had a fair amount of stock to sort through.

Right, now we've been out and explored Ringwood, we'll be going around to more of my local suburbs to see what their op shops have to offer.
If you have any suggestions of where we should go, comment down below (I'm a poet and didn't even know it!).

I'd like to also head out to different sales and markets to see what's on offer, so even if it's out of my comfort zone, like wedding or baby expos, let me know anyway, if I have time I'll head over and see what's what!

Much love,

Jayde xx