Happy Op-Shop Week!

This week Australia is celebrating National Op Shop Week. For those of you who aren’t aware the term ‘op-shop’ is some Australian and New Zealand street-slang (probably developed deep in the ghettos of the ‘Country Women’s Association’) for a thrift, or charity second hand store.

National Op Shop week is all about mindfulness and awareness of the lifecycle of a garment and to get you to think about:

  • donating quality items of clothing and household goods to charity op shops instead of sending them to landfill,
  • encourage you to take that $20 from your pocket and hit up your local charity store for a Macklemore style shopping spree (love him or hate him this is undeniably the anthem for thrifting),
  • and to re-think your relationship with second-hand style with a little bit of reinvention.

Maximising the Resources available this week.

If you are an avid op-shopper you might already be all over the resources available this week. Haven’t had time to look yet? No worries. Here are some great posts you might want to check out.

(noun) A super cool earth loving being who believes in reusing, reinventing and recycling their fashion

  • Op-shop week sale with 50% off clothing at The Animal Welfare League op-shops in QLD.
  • Eco|Mono’s round-up of blogger op-shop suggestions. See if there is one near you!
  • Attend one of Faye De Lanty’s styling sessions held at Salvos stores across the East Coast (that’s her in the picture and her styling efforts of the salvos boutiques above).
  • Vinnies shoppers in NSW have the chance to win one of three annual subscriptions to Vogue by shopping at Vinnies NSW Shops from 27th-1st and sharing pics of your finds #vinniesopinthenameoflove and ten words or less why you love it. Vinnies WA have a spend $30 and get 30% off deal for the whole of op-shop week.
  • Sacred Heart op-shops are having flash sales all week (the St Kilda store used to my fave op-shop when I lived in Windsor) ! Follow their Instagram for more updates.
  • The gorgeous Alex of Op Shop to Runway has an op-shopping tour running on Saturday 2nd September for those who find themselves in the bondi location.

From the Archives.

For your browsing pleasure I’ve provided a slider of some of Sustainability in Style’s thrifting/ secondhand focused articles.

I hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane.

Some of my faves are:



Is Secondhand Just Fast Fashion in Disguise?

Sustainable fashion enthusiast? Nodding? You will likely have heard the mantra that ‘second-hand isn’t second best’ you might also have seen the burarchy of needs suggesting that second-hand is where you should shop first. This article is here to both agree with this...

National Op Shop Week 2017

Happy Op-Shop Week! This week Australia is celebrating National Op Shop Week. For those of you who aren’t aware the term ‘op-shop’ is some Australian and New Zealand street-slang (probably developed deep in the ghettos of the ‘Country Women’s Association’) for a...

Eight Items You Will Find at Most Secondhand Stores

Popping Tags Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made coined this thrifting dream phrase in their 2012 hit 'Thrift Shop' and anyone who's ever had a successful secondhand shopping venture would agree that the only thing better than poppin' a few tags is the smug humble brag...

Taking Secondhand Shopping To a Whole New Level

Shopping your values in secondhand style We all love a good secondhand style bargain. It helps keep textiles out of landfill, doesn't break the bank, and allows us to gloat about our bargain hunting prowess without stepping foot into a fast-fashion store. I am a huge...

Style Tips For Thrifted Success

How to get the most out of your secondhand purchases. Whether you are a seasoned thrift-a-holic or someone who just likes to dabble in the odd eBay purchase there is no denying that buying secondhand can be pretty thrilling! The best bit about secondhand shopping is...

Old Denim New

Are you a blue jean baby? I know that denim is pretty much the one item I couldn't live without in my daily life. It's easy to dress up, makes a great casual uniform, and can withstand wear and tear and look all the better for it's adventures. While you can get a...

Reader Picks for Secondhand Shopping

Round em' up! A few weeks ago I threw it out to you guys to provide me with your top places to shop for secondhand fashion. It was an overwhelming response and I'm sure that this collection will warrant a few style-winners for many of you out there who wish to shop...

JUST start a Fashion Revolution

Conscious fashion items can be easy to find! I promise! As some of you are already aware, the Fashion Revolution is right around the corner and as part of the movement our friends at JUST are running a special campaign that some of you might want to join. For those of...

Being Stylish: Not Exclusively For Developed Nations

Freetown Fashpack Taking a moment to stand up and admit that I, Katie Roberts, am a doco-holic. Most days I devour at least one documentary (usually while writing... I'm apparently good at multi tasking). Then there are days where I come across viewings as addictive...

Thrift Me Pretty: Stop Hiding and Start Shining!

Revelations in Style. A little while back I was lucky enough to cross paths with Stasia of Thrift Me Pretty on Instagram. Completely smitten by her bright, positive, and bubbly approach to life we have been e-eco-style-sistas for some time now. In a recent online chat...

how will you celebrate national op-shop week? Do you have an event to add to the list? Please share!