As always, I love a great bargain and op shops have saved us a fortune over the years. Whether it be a much needed household item or a birthday present, op shops are the first place I look. I quite often have a 'watch ' list in my purse ready for a planned or unplanned trip to a local op shop. Sometimes the hunt can take a year or two and sometimes I can find the needed item straight away. Either way, a trip to the op shop is enjoyable and if nothing is purchased, it becomes a free outing.
Here are the top 10 items I've purchased from op shops that have saved us so much money. Of course there are many other things I've purchased over the years. The ones below are the best ones.
* Jeans. Op shops offer such a large variety of jeans. They have racks and racks of jeans that come in all shapes, sizes, colors and quality. I can always find a pair of jeans that fit really well for under $10 and generally they are brand names I can't afford to pay retail for. When our girls were primary school age we were able to complete their wardrobes with jeans for going out and jeans for around the home. Our girls were ( and still are ) very different shapes and both on the small side. Retail shops just didn't offer well fitting jeans for them.
* Small kitchen appliances. I've bought slow cookers for under $15, an iron for $14 that retails for about $70, an electric knife for $5, a toaster for $3 and a George Foreman grill / hotplate for $20. All were as new and tested by the op shop's electrical tester. As with all things but especially electrical items, I always keep the receipt until I've tried it out at home.
* Casserole dishes. I've fitted out Jessica and Megan's kitchens with new or near new casserole dishes, pie plates and serving platters. Most items only cost about $3 or $4 each compared to $10 plus in the shops. I bought the dishes in classic white or Tiffany blue ( and variations ) as these are the colors they like. Classic white never dates and goes with anything. When I've needed a particular dish for my kitchen, I always look in the op shops. Sometimes I need to look for a few months but the savings is worth the wait.
* Pasta bowls. Over the years our 25 year old pasta bowls have chipped or cracked due to heavy use. I've bought sets of 4 or 6 bowls for $4 that look new. Jessica and Megan have bought pasta bowls from the op shops for their kitchens too.
* Cook books. Although I don't usually buy the cook books for myself, I have bought many for presents. Usually I can find them in fantastic condition for $3 - $5.
* Kitchen utensils. I've bought good quality stainless steel potato mashers for $2, Tupperware hamburger presses with lots of containers for $3, knives and forks for Jessica's kitchen for a few dollars and dumpling moulds for $2. These are just some of the items I've found over the years.
* Baby clothes and nursery accessories. Both Megan and I have bought so many clothes for Luka and Bryson and dirt cheap prices. Wraps, cot blankets / doonas, bibs, a baby bath and feeding items have all been purchased for just a couple of dollars each.
* Kids licenced doona covers. I've bought Bob The Builder, Thomas The Tank and Elmo doona covers for Luka and Bryson. Some were still in the original packaging and cost $7 and under.
* Silicon cake moulds. I use these when I make soap and have found lots of great shaped moulds for a fraction of retail prices. Usually I pay $2 - $3 at the op shop compared to $10 + retail.
* Home décor. Although I'm not one to fill my home with things, I've gradually updated our home with modern country farmhouse décor. Items I've bought include picture frames, old bottling jars ( used as vases ), porcelain jugs, flowers, candle holders ( old saucers ), lampshades and cushions. All these items cost $5 or under.
|Op shopped home decor|
|Silicon cake moulds for soap making|
|Country farmhouse decor|
|Kitchenware and a cook book for a present.|
|Utensil and cookie jar from the op shop|
|Items for Jessica and Megan's kitchen|
|Baby shower items. Most are from op shops|