If budget is your middle name, you need to pop some tags at these Brisbane thrift shops and snap up some sustainable style.
1. Yesterday’s Thrift Shop, Rosalie
This opshop has so many rooms you could actually get lost. It was converted from a house so there are eight rooms to rummage through, including a bargain room where everything is $2 and where on Sundays you can fill a bag of garments for $5.
If that doesn’t get you salivating, labels like ASOS, Wayne Cooper, Cue, Top Shop, Sheike and sass & bide might do the trick. There’s also plenty of statement necklaces and fancy footwear for sale if you’ve got a hectic social schedule and need a ‘new’ ensemble.
Most pieces retail around the $7 – $9 mark, which isn’t bad when you realise your retail therapy is also providing development and brain injury support for children and adults.
|ADDRESS:||39 Nash Street, Rosalie|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Saturday, 9:00am – 4:30pm|
|Sunday, 9:30am – 4:00pm|
2. Windsor Road Thrift Shop, Red Hill
With two opshops side by side tucked underneath the chapel, it kind of feels like stumbling on a gold mine when you walk in the doors. The Eternity boutique on the right houses the finer things in life with high fashion flashy garments and a floor to ceiling rack of shoes…any girls fantasy.
The thrift store on the left is lower budget with most items priced at $2.50, but it’s definitely worth perusing for clothing, bric a brac and bags.
|ADDRESS:||16 Windsor Road, Red Hill|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Sunday, 9:30am – 2:30pm|
3. Preloved Boutique, Morningside
You really have to be on your game to shop at the Preloved Boutique in Morningside as it’s only open for six hours each week! This opshop has been open for seven years and is crammed full of vintage clothing going for between $3 -$10, which is my kind of price range.
They stock really incredible crockery too, including Vintage Country Road shot glasses for $5, retro juice jugs for $2, and a tea set made in England for $7.50. There’s also plenty of accessories with vintage hankies for $2, clip on earrings for 50 cents, and a heap of handbags, as well as retro suitcases for $2.50!
|ADDRESS:||Morningside Uniting Church, 43 Thynne Road, Morningside|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm|
4. Mcintyre Thrift Store, Indooroopilly
If you’ve got a shoe fetish this op shop will be your jam. From vintage leather pumps to Steve Madden sandals, Nine West heels to Converse high tops and Lady Gaga-like biker boots, their collection has it all! The store receives fresh stock daily and their back room is so full they have an overflow area in the shed, which is wall to wall.
The best part about shopping here aside from the rock star ‘thrift store customer only parking’ out the back, is that all the money goes to the McIntyre Riding for the Disabled Centrei in Pullenvale, where they have 30 horses and provide riding lessons for 170 people with varying disabilities each week.
|ADDRESS:||20 Station Road, Indooroopilly|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm|
|Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm|
|Sunday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm|
5. Zion Bargain Centre, Nundah
You know an opshop is going to be a goldmine when it’s tucked away on a side street in an obscure location. I’ve snapped up everything from killer vintage pieces to Zimmerman and Josh Goot. And don’t even get me started on their price range. All garments are under $10 and most days they seem to be having a half price sale. So. freaking. good!
They also have red spot specials for $1, blue spot specials for 50 cents each or four for $1, and they also have a bargain bin you can rummage to fill a bag for $2!
|ADDRESS:||16 Union Street, Nundah|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 1:30pm|
|Saturday, 9:00am – 11:30am|
6. MS OpShop, Dutton Park
You don’t even need $20 in your pocket to shop at the MS Opshop – they offer a fill-a-bag deal for $5 all year round. The little store is crammed full of goodness, from incredible silk vintage pieces to on-trend skirts and designer labels. On my last visit I scored an Ann Taylor sweater for 50 cents.
|ADDRESS:||2 Grantham Street, Dutton Park|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 1:30pm|
|Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm|
7. Steeple OpShop
The Steeple Opshop is far from steep – the day I popped in they were having a 50%-off sale.
The place is full to overflowing. They constantly get fresh stock, so a couple of times a year they offer a fill a bag for $5 deal and on any given day most items are under $5, including shoes which go for around $3 a pop.
|ADDRESS:||Steeple OpShop, 215 Oxley Road, Graceville|
|TRADING HOURS:||Wednesday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm|
|Saturday, 9:00am – 12:30pm|
8. St Paul’s Op Shop, Ashgrove
With only two days each week to tap this thrift store, you really do need to make a special plan to pop in but it’s worth it. They stock a lot of designer clothes – Witchery, Bettina Liano, Veronika Maine – and I purchased some Ray Ban sunglasses for $3 recently that were the real deal. But it’s the staff that really make it. They are just so lovely!
Did I mention the three-garments-for-$2 rack out the front?
|ADDRESS:||Cnr Waterworks & Jubilee Road, Ashgrove|
|TRADING HOURS:||Wednesday & Saturday, 9:00am – 1:00pm|
9. Hill’s OpShop
This cute little op shop is crammed with goodness…from the garments to the bric a brac to the shoes to the lovely team of volunteers. On Fridays they also have a cafe out the back to bring the community together. A lot of elderly people and people with carers come and it’s their big day out for the week.
|ADDRESS:||79 Queens Rd, Everton Hills, Brisbane|
|TRADING HOURS:||Friday & Saturday, 9:00am – 2:30pm|
10. East Brisbane Community Thrift Shop
If you love your labels put this cute community centre thriftshop on your to-do list. They stock plenty of ASOS, Witchery, Country Road, Sportscraft, Forever New, Sportsgirl and Tokito garments, some brand new still with tags attached.
No matter your budget you’re bound to snap up a steal with ladies dresses going for $5-15, shoes for $10, tees for $5, skirts for $6, jeans for $7, their $4 basics bin and $2 bargain bin.
|ADDRESS:||538 Vulture Street East, East Brisbane|
|TRADING HOURS:||Monday to Sunday, 9:00am – 4:00pm|
To find all the op shops around you wherever you are, be sure to check out Never Ever Pay Retail’s op shop locator.
About NEPR: Never Ever Pay Retail is a super handy site for anyone addicted to thrifting or for those starting out. It features an opshop locator that finds the thrift shops around you in a 25 kilometre radius, an events calendar with all the picks of the preloved markets and garage sales, guides on the best places to opshop, lookbook shoots for style inspiration and an online store at opshop prices.