Walking through the Hill’s like, “What up, we had a big shop!” This week we have op-shopped until we dropped to bring you the top five second-hand stores in the Adelaide Hills.
While there is a lot of satisfaction rummaging through the nooks and crannies to bag a bargain, let’s not forget the other benefits of op-shopping. Not only is it a form of recycling, but it supports charities and those less fortunate in your community. If you’re willing to spend the time, you can find your own individual treasures without the usual shopping guilt, and let’s not forget the chance to be creative!
Here are out top picks:
The Nairne Market
As the only op shop in Nairne, this sweet little store is worth the drive. Think ‘antique business’, with many retro pants, jackets and blouses well organised into size and gender - currently having a 50cent shoe sale! Friendly staff, and very decent prices.
Where: 94 Princes Hwy, Nairne, 5252
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sat 10.00am-12.00pm
Favourite Find: Vintage white pinstriped blazer $8
Anglican Opportunity Shop
Found in the old Balhannah church across from the pub, this is our pick of the bunch, not only for clothes but good quality homewares. With the large space comes larger bargain possibilites, and this op-shop displayed the cheapest prices. With a large section dedicated to costumes for school plays or your typical 21st birthday party, classic gowns, corduroy suits and over sized hats bring a fun twist, as well as books ranging from $1-$2 shouldn't be missed.
Where: 12 Junction Rd Balhannah, 5242
Open: Wed-Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sat 9:30am-12.30pm
Favourite Find: Tartan black and white mini skirt $4
The Mission Shop
Hidden behind the post office in Aldgate, this charming shop requires a bit of digging through the bric-a-brac to find goods. While not as organised as the other stores, it doesn’t mean there are less bargains waiting to be found. Half the fun is diving in head first and sorting the junk from the keepsakes. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and to get a little dusty. Items are very reasonably priced.
Where: Shop 15/ 218 Mt Barker Rd, Aldgate, 5154
Open: Mon 1.00pm- 4.00pm, Tues-Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm
Favourite Find: Retro train driver hat $5
Just out of the town centre, this Salvos store has a nicer overall range than the other stores, but a tad more expensive. Well-organised into clothing type and gender, this store is fully stocked with winter overcoats, scarves, clothes, formal and business attire, and good quality jewellery. This store is a must see for label hunters.
Where: Unit 5/312 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate, 5154
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.00am- 5.00pm
Favourite Find: Seed woollen winter dress $8.50
The Hut Book Shed
A booklover’s utopia, The Book Shed sells pre-loved books priced depending on condition to raise funds for the community. One can spend hours exploring the neatly lined shelves, home to books from every genre. Whether Stephen King, Jane Austen, Wilbur Smith or Nicholas Sparks tickles your fancy, you are promised a variety at The Shed. Choose from a collection of Penguin Classics, or extend your knowledge in the non-fiction section.
Where: Apex Park off Merrion Terrace, Stirling 5152
(behind the Tiers Shopping Centre Carpark and next to the RSL)
Open: Mon- Sat 10.00am to 5.00pm
Thurs open till 7.30pm during Daylight Saving
Market Day (4th Sunday in month) 10.00am to 2.00pm
Favourite Find: Three Jodie Picoult books at $4 each
All images taken by Sara Gilligan