Op Shopping- it’s in my blood! As an impoverished RMIT fine art, painting student, back in the late 70′s it was a way of life. Fond memories of the Red Cross jumble sale, in the lower basement of the Melbourne Town Hall surface. Students, Aunts, Mums all did it. It was a great source of fun, and a most pleasurable experience when a brilliant gem was unearthed. Seeking the pinnacle of op shop success, I have even volunteered at a local op shop. There, I diligently spend four blissful hours a week in the sorting room in a splendorous daze of mothballs and discarded garments.
Long gone is the stigma once attached to a second hand item. Whats not to like? Opulent fabrics, superb tailoring, expertly dyed and lovingly crafted garments that are great value for money for the worthiest of causes.
Vintage and retro shops abound and it has become a very acceptable form of recycling as well.
My life long passion has been a fruitful, ongoing love affair over many decades. It is the thrill of the chase and a skill I have passed on to two of my four children. Now if I can only convert the other two!! Watch this space.