Welcome to another edition of Ballarat Op Shop Diaries. The cooler weather is on its way and I just love seeing all the fabulous jackets, hats and scarves hitting the racks at the op shops. Right now, at the beginning of autumn is a great time to assess your wardrobe and see what you need for winter. It’s Ballarat … so we know a good winter jacket is a must … and probably more than one would be smart, as well as a few winter woollies and a good pair of boots!
Now, let’s hit the op shops and see what we can find … here are my top tips to help you on your way.
- If you’re looking for a Woolly jumper or Cardie, don’t be put off if it’s looking bit ‘bally’ … this is an easy fix! Well, easy enough, if you have the time and patience to deal with it! Thankfully you can now purchase amazing gadgets to remove lint and trust me, it is well worth the investment! You can seriously take a well-worn, bally looking garment, and turn it into a clean, fresh and ready to wear piece!
- On a hunt for a warm winter coat … you’ll be amazed with just how many you will find hiding in your local op shop. At first glance, they might look ‘old’ and certainly not ‘on trend’ … but don’t be discouraged! Imagine that jacket with different buttons … an iron-on patch or two? Perhaps some sequin trimming or a line of braid along the hem? Get creative … you could turn a quality preloved jacket into something amazing and unique!
- Scarves are another winter must have, and you’ll have no trouble finding them, there are always lots to choose from! But like a lot of items you come across in the op shops, scarves can appear tired and unappealing. But don’t let them fool you! Choose a pattern and colour that makes you happy, give it a good hand wash … and iron that bad boy! You’ll have a great scarf that looks brand new, for a fraction of the price!
The best thing about shopping preloved, among many things, is that you won’t end up wearing the same thing as everyone else! Op shopping gives you the freedom to stand out in the crowd … to be you! As always … happy op shopping!