Ok, I think I am allowed to cheat a bit. I have had a life time of op shopping ; as a young girl I used to spend time in the Croydon op shop where my grandma was a volunteer, then at high school I lived at the "Lions Den" in Blackburn, with the notorious manager Mary who made up a price on the spot for everything. The amazing thing is that Mary still manages the oppy at it's new home in Forest Hill. That's over 20 years of coming up with prices!
After leaving home, all my houses were furnished, wardrobes enhanced, and art&craft degree inspired by op shopping.
Now with a family, nothing has changed. We have holidays that must incorporate every op shop en route. If I'm stuck for a weekend activity, a quick trip around the inner city op shops, garage sales, school fetes and trash and treasure markets does the trick and every one is happy. My kids scan the side of the road for good stuff while I'm driving, and now I have started a business that relies on op shops, markets and hard rubbish collections to prosper.
So all Hail the OP SHOP!!!I will leave you with a small collection of my latest and/or bestest finds.
Very cool and extremely useful RED planet lamp.
Very cool and extremely useful RED vintage boots.
Very cool and extremely useful not RED (but you cant be fussy with a kerbside find) Panton chair.
Very cool and kitsch Tretchikoff Print.
Very cool and collectible Clarice Cliff Bizarre Ware Sugar Sifters.