Jump On The Op Shop Bus Tour…

If you love to bag yourself a bargain and find one-of-a-kind gems in the heaped piles and slightly musty smelling corners of a charity shop, then read on – this Saturday is Sydney Fringe’s Op Shop Tour! Hosted by the one and only Jo O’Callaghan, op-shopper extraordinaire…


Jo O'Callaghan talks to us about the Op Shop Tour

What do you say to those people who think that the Golden Age of Op-Shopping is over?

There are so many positives about op shopping, that are still apparent, although op shops are continuing to get more expensive and well sorted, the golden age of Op Shopping is not over, the way we view op shops is just changing.


What is the absolute best bargain you have ever, ever found?

Absolute best is really hard and somewhat seasonal, but I must mention the original 1950′s raybans I picked up from the bottom of a 50cent bin about 3 years ago.


And which op-shop find has been the most precious to you?

On my first ever op shop tour in Adelaide Fringe 5 years ago I bought a late 50′s sky blue vintage frock for $25 it fits perfectly and has been my old faithful party dress ever since.  Similarly, on my way home from the first Melbourne Op Shop Tour a year later I bought a pair of original ladies navy and white Brogues, which I still love and wear.


Three reasons men should go on the Op Shop Tour:




the same reason everyone should go… I don’t like to be sexist, men, women, children, there is something for everyone and you will be sure to have a great time along the way.


What makes Op Shopping so much better than regular shopping?

I could talk about this for hours, but the best way to sum it up is three key elements;

  • Recycling, the items you purchase are not going to land fill, and you are avoiding the emissions spent in creating a new garment you may have purchased instead.
  • Not only are you saving the environment, but the money you spend is going to much needed causes helping to build bigger and better communities. Op Shop Tours Australia follows a principle of only shopping at non for profit charity stores.
  • Thirdly you can find unique one off, high quality pieces and cat trends for a fraction of the price you would normally pay.  Allowing you to live on a smaller budget and enjoy other things in life.


What kind of an outing can we expect on the Op Shop Tour?

The Op Shop Tour can only be described as a celebration of all things secondhand, with anecdotes, songs and fashion parades on the bus, you can be sure you will have a good time, meet some like minded people and snag a bargain along the way, what more could you want from a Saturday morning?


The Op Shop Tour runs Saturday 24th September, 9.30 am, starting in Marrickville. Tickets $30/$28/$25


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