Top Tips for The Second Hand Shopper

Buying from charity is not only supporting a good cause, but helping you make economical choices as well.

Many Op Shops sell every day and luxury items at a reasonable price and can stock anything from clothes and jewellery to books and furniture. Some of Australia’s most renowned charities have stores of their own, including the Salvation Army, St.Vincent De Paul and Oxfam. When items from these shops are sold, a portion if not all of the proceeds are donated to the charity to further its cause.

Although second hand stores are full of hidden goodies, sometimes it can be difficult knowing how and what to buy. Many Australians are making pre-loved items into new centerpieces for their home and with all the bargains available, it isn’t hard to understand why. If you’re considering going Op Shopping and don’t know what to look for.

Check out these handy tips and tricks and find out why one man’s trash is another man’s treasure:

Charity Fashion: According to Fashion Author, Kelly Doust, there is a certain finesse to buying Op Shop products. St.Vincent De Paul endorses her fashion tips for buying from their charity stores. Some charity stores will have fitting rooms where consumers can mix, match and try on clothes before they buy. Experimenting with colour and bold prints will ensure you have a unique outfit. If you have a family clothing budget, try finding clothes for your kids as well. Many charity stores will have several size and age fashion options.

Examine Items: It is important that you check everything you buy. A small crack or a misplaced thread here and there cannot always be detected. Some charity store items are non-returnable and unless you are willing to fix any flaws, you may want to avoid buying things that you will end up throwing away.

Inspect Furniture: A lot of charity stores maintain certain regulations when accepting donations. Some will refuse mattresses or electrical goods. You should feel able to trust the items you purchase as long as you buy responsibly, inspect items yourself and purchase from a trustworthy store with a safe donation process.

Don’t Forget to Donate: As well as buying from charity shops, it is important to keep them alive by donating items yourself. Old things that you no longer want don’t have to be thrown away and could be of use to someone else in need. For more information about donating, go to your local or chosen charity’s website and find out whether they have a store near you.

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