Hop to the Op Shop

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By: Mary McConville

Go “Home for Thanksgiving” and pick up “New Ideas for an American Feast,” these are suggestions from an old American Food and Wine magazine that I picked up for 50 cents from Sacred Heart Mission’s Op Shop in St Kilda’s Grey Street.

Sacred Heart’s St Kilda Op Shop is a crowded and jumbled old building that encourages you to rummage around and find yourself an unexpected treasure, you might even find yourself some elegant old crockery suitable for an old fashioned afternoon tea – just like Nanna used to enjoy.

Also available are a range of old clothes, running from the stunning to the daggy. You can also browse through a bag of second hand books, including: who-dun-its, gardening advice, old magazines, recipe books, etc…

The Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop in St Kilda (87a Grey Street) is one of seven op shops that are concentrated in the inner suburbs: Windsor, Elsternwick, East St Kilda, South Melbourne, Hawthorn, and Bentleigh.

As well as running its Op Shops the Sacred Heart Mission does a lot of work supporting the disadvantaged with programs dealing with food, health and accommodation. Donations will be gratefully accepted; you can give money, your time or old goods. However, if you wish to donate to Op Shops be aware that some items cannot be taken, do not donate such items as old mattresses and used animal blankets, and if you wish to donate electrical goods check whether they have a qualified electrician on their staff.

As well as being an occasional treasure box, Op Shops can be a very good place for people watching. People who frequent Op Shops may be collectors, dealers, impoverished, students, prop managers for TU and theatre, or maybe just an ordinary citizen looking for a bargain.

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