Op shops of Melbourne

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In Australia, char­ity shops are called op shops, short for oppor­tun­ity shops. They are as wide­spread as in the UK, and Melbourne has really great ones. There are also a lot of private vintage shops, with very reas­on­able prices. I read that Brun­swick Street was really good for second hand shops, and I wasn’t disap­poin­ted- there was nearly a mile of them. In fact the couple of hours I expec­ted to spend there turned into a whole after­noon.

Some of them are in really huge build­ings too- unwanted ware­houses or depart­ment stores, and sell by the kilo.

An import­ant factor as well is that most of the op shops will have Australi­an daytime radio where 80s rock goes to die. You will never hear so much Midnight Oil in your life.

That macrame owl is watch­ing you. It was part of the inspir­a­tion for this print.

I hoped the table­cloth was for sale. It wasn’t.

Some things I actu­ally bought.

Australia is a very card and contact­less based coun­try and I rarely used cash except in some very small op shops. The 50c is huge, like an 80s 50p and worth about 25p.

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