Rosebud Vintage & Op Shop Tour – May 16th 2015

Review (to show the family)

Forty people, or so, boarded a bus to Rosebud for the inaugural Rosebud op-shop tour. The day was a happy success with the amiable people and crew chatting, munching and window-shopping their way through the day and not spending a single cent.

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Now, for everyone else…

Forty people, or so, boarded a bus to Rosebud for the inaugural Rosebud op-shop tour. The day was a happy success with the amiable people and crew chatting, munching and shopping their way through the day.

The event was organised by Victoria Weatherlake, who is creator and administrator of the Facebook page ‘I Love to Op Shop’; a kind of op-shop not so ‘anonymous’ for those who love to shop and those who love a bargain.

The only set-back of the whole day was the bus which arrived a little late, but apart from that small issue it seemed that everyone had the kind of day that made their bargain hunting dreams come true.

op-shop-tour-smallFirst stop was The Angel Op Shop (1189B Point Nepean Rd) where op shop volunteers and members of the local CFA were there to greet us with complimentary tote bags, CFA information sheets, bottle of water and teddy bear. This put a smile on everyone’s dial, as did the news that we were also getting an extra 10% off the already very reasonable prices. Volunteer Val took some on a behind the scenes tour. A very friendly place that raises proceeds for worthy causes.

Then it was off on foot to Once Upon A Time in Rosebud (1167-1169 Point Nepean Road), which isn’t an op shop but a retro, re-cycle, vintage cavern of goodies. This time we were offered a special deal on coffee and snacks…perfect for morning tea and to replenish the energy for browsing.

Back on the coach it was to head up the road a way to All Saints Op Shop (8/10 Ninth Avenue), Vinnies (1069 Point Nepean Road), where we were also offered 10% off our purchases and the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar with its eclectic assortment of retro bric-a-brac and clothes. There was plenty of time here to stop in at Bethy’s Café for a spot of lunch and a show-and-tell session.

As if the awesomeness of the day wasn’t enough, Desley Griffiths from Brisbane Op Shop Tours donated some giveaways for the Melbourne op shop groupies. The people in these Facebook groups are like that…super generous and sharing, and it showed on the day.

The next tour may be some time away, but the ‘I Love To Op Shop’ group operates 24/7. If this is your cup-of tea then join the group to connect with like-minded people and to find inspiration for your op shop journey.

About Sharon Brookes 71 Articles
Sharon is a freelance music journalist with 20 years experience writing for street press, web publications and blogs. She specialises in reviewing gigs, books, CD’s, and theatre productions.

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