with Bianca Flint from The Wardrobe Green
Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Ballarat Op Shop Diaries! My name is Bianca and I am an Op Shop Enthusiast and Preloved Fashion Advocate. I run a small business called ‘The Wardrobe Green’ which celebrates and encourages Preloved Fashion.
I am thrilled to be writing a monthly Blog Review of Op shops in the Ballarat and Surrounding areas. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about what Ballarat has to offer in regards to sustainable living! Taking care of our planet is everyone’s responsibility and shopping Preloved is one way to make a huge difference! Plus it’s heaps of fun!
OP SHOP: The Salvation Army Thrift Shop
LOCATION: 204 Creswick Road, Ballarat
OPEN HOURS: 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday / 10am – 1pm Saturday
SHOP SIZE: Large
AESTHETICS: Well organised and set out.
ACCESS: Wheelchair and Pram friendly!
STOCK: They stock a huge variety of items including: Handbags, Shoes, Books, Furniture, Toys, Homewares, Jewellery, Clothing, Hats and just about anything and everything else!
PRICING: Everything instore is very reasonably priced and is on the lower price point in comparison to other op shops in Ballarat. Clothing is priced by category, not per item – which gets a major thumbs up from me! They also have regular storewide sales … and are frequently 50% off! Bargains galore!
STORE HIGHLIGHTS: The staff are warm and friendly, and make you feel very welcome and at ease when shopping with children. There also seems to be a quick turn over of stock, with new stock added throughout the day.
DONATIONS: Staff prefer donations to be hand delivered during store hours, however, realising that this isn’t always possible, there are two clothing bins located on the Main Road that can be utilised (information taken from their website).
Remember that when making donations to any op shop, please ensure items are clean and in good working order. If you wouldn’t give it to a friend, then don’t give it to the op shop – that’s generally a good rule of thumb!
MY OVERALL STAR RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
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It’s so easy being green! Bianca x