This op-shop is tucked away on Florence Street in Mentone. I visited here with Erica from Recycled Fashion a few weeks ago. It was quite lucky we had smart phones, because otherwise we would have had to have asked for directions!
It’s a very long store. It’s quite spacious, although it got quite busy while we were there, and then it was hard to move. It’s also pretty well organised, although I would advise you to take your time and look through everything carefully. Some of the gems I found were quite hidden away.
I enjoyed visiting because the prices were pretty good. I picked up a pair of satin Lipsy pants for $7. I know Erica got some bargains, too. In fact, I think she got a brand-new Ben Sherman jacket for her son (around $3, if I remember correctly? I’m sure she’ll leave a comment if I’m wrong!). I would say that’s because this is a church-run op-shop. (They are generally a bit cheaper.)
There was a lot of everything to look at. The clothes stretched right up either side of the store, with most of everything else down the middle.
I was impressed by the range of shoes. They didn’t have heaps, but there was a good quality selection in what was there. The books were opposite the shoes up the back – I didn’t really get a good look at them because it got quite busy at that point. There were about five people hovering in front of that section!
I found the Mentone shopping centre interesting in general. It had a few old buildings (including the train station), which were quite pretty.
So, if you’re interested in checking it out, head to:
St Augustine’s Southern Op Shop
51 Florence Street