Guilty as charged : Although in my case, I cannot go anywhere without wondering if I can combine it with going to an op shop.
This not the first blog about op shopping and it won’t be the last. Why? Because op shoppers like to talk about it. Not only because there is a thrill about finding a bargain, nor for the fact that you can buy 10 items for the price of one, but also because it is becoming a more sustainable way to shop,
Olive’s Top Tips for successful Op shopping
- There’s a certain mindset you need to take on, when you go out op shopping. I normally tell myself (in my head) exactly what I am looking for and 9 times out of 10 I find it. I know this sounds a little far fetched, but it actually works, something like the law of attraction, or just being positive about the experience.
- If you can’t afford something let your friends know about it and share it on social media, Op Shop Karma is very real. I owe a lot of my success to this.
- Only make purchases of items that you don’t fit (but think one day you will), if you know someone who will love it and wear it until you can fit into it, but make them sign an agreement to say they will.
- Don’t go op shopping in a bad mood, the powers that be in op shopping will sense this and not put anything in front of you.
- Practice good op shopping etiquette with other op shoppers. If you see something that would suit someone, don’t be shy tell them, they will feel flattered.
- If you suffer from “op shoppers arm”, make sure you alternate your shopping from low rack items to higher rack items, or take a friend who can help you search through racks.
- Don’t try and bargain more with the shop attendents, the stuff is already cheap as chips and the money is going to a good cause.
- It is very important to tell everyone that you went op shopping in order to recruit more op shoppers, again the rule of Op Shop Karma.
- Remember most op shop employees are doing it on a volunteer basis, try to practice putting clothes back where you found them and always be polite.
One of my boys when he was only 9 said to me “mum you aren’t rich, but you dress rich”, and at that moment I realised he was 100% right. I used to laugh at a friend of mine saying she was off to “LA SALLE ARMEE“(Salvation Army), or the “ESPEECAY” (SPCA), she believed, if you make it sound posh, then people wouldn’t know you were wearing 2nd Hand. Weird really because I love telling people that I got something form an op shop (although that wasn’t always the case). Being an avid disciple for the sustainable op shopping revolution, now I will readily defend the misconception that op shopping is for “poor people”, or dispell the myth and preconceived image of musty smelling clothes. Auckland Hospice shops are a perfect example of how a rebrand and refresh with boutique styling will attract a more discerning eco-conscious clientele.
Alex van Os, an Australian eco- stylist ask people to reflect on their personal consumer habits:
Alex: Having a conscious mindset. Reflecting on and understanding your personal consumer habits, and questioning yourself as to why you are shopping. Is it because you are bored or unhappy? Does the act bring you pleasure (usually in the form of a quick, short-term dopamine hit!)? Or is it something you do socially with friends? If it too often strays from the need of necessity to habitual, mindless consumerism, I believe the mindset needs to change. As a society, we need to slow down our consumption rate for the sake of our environment. The more we purchase, the less we wear our existing wardrobe. As a result, each piece of our clothing’s lifespan is greatly shortened to an average of only seven wears, before it is thrown away. This leads to garments disposed in landfills or donated to op shops at a much faster rate. Slow down and breathe! Shop consciously and buy secondhand as your first choice!
So what’s it going to be, are you ready to shop consciously and join the opshop revolution? Would you like some help, and inspiration? Follow my blog to find out just how much fun opshopping can be. If you are already an avid opshopper, please share your finds with me, I just love seeing other peoples treasures.