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MY latest op-shop purchase is a tan leather bucket bag that can be worn as a sling bag or backpack - the latter uncomfortably. It was $10 f...


MY latest op-shop purchase is a tan leather bucket bag that can be worn as a sling bag or backpack - the latter uncomfortably. It was $10 from a Salvos store. That's a bit up there for an op-shop bag but I've been watching similar items on eBay for a while and bought a secondhand (come on, there's "vintage" and then there's plain old hand-me-downs) satchel/backpack a auction for about $50. So $10 is not too bad, I guess. 

Do you baulk at op-shop prices? How much is too much? 

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  1. I definitely baulk - the prices have gone crazy over the last year. I've been searching for old mismatched knitting needles for my fringe festival exhibiton, and I'm being charged $1 per mismatched pair - they used to be 20 cents.
    I also found a nice top on Monday which was marked at $7.99. When I got to the counter, I realised there was a hole in it, so for the first time ever, I actually asked for a discount at the oppy - they gave it me for $2.99 instead. I definitely would have left it behind otherwise.

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  2. We have a super oppy close by, I popped in to see if we could find a couch to last 6 months for a house we were renting. Found one nearly brand new, $90. Then saw this great vintage (1950ish) huge curved mirror, white dressing table for Miss 4, $90. then noticed a tall boy $100 for Miss 1. Was about to buy all 3 thinking how much a bargain it was when the guy says, if you want the lot, just $150 will do. DONE! We moved into the new house, but kept the old stuff anyway.

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  3. I baulk at the fact that the local oppies often don't have set prices. At one op shop you will get a doily for 20 or 50 cents and the other for 3 or 4 dollars. I am also terribly spoilt in that our Vinnies has a few $8 a bag sales each week. Even though they use fairly small plastic bags for measuring this you can still get incredible bargains. Designer names for less than a dollar at times, depending on the thickness of the individual goods. I will often top up with bits I know my friends want or need and get the joy of sharing. Cherrie

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  4. i baulked at t-shirts for $6.95 on a ticketed label the other day... What happened to even gold coins! And for a t!!!

    Like the little ones and stay well clear of the big ones.

    And can I say SLING IT! Backpack bags are just not the thing...

    Like the shoes

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  5. i have a problem buying a bag for over $5... i absolutely can NOT do it... I think I have issues!

    I went to the salvos the other day and orange tags were 50% off and it was and 25% off day... so I managed to get a great tunic for under $3 and a skirt for $5... will eventually post it on my blog... have been slack and photographing lately!

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  6. Great score with your bag, and I must say I really like your shoes in this pic too!

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  7. Yes, I often baulk at oppie prices. Have seen exactly the same item of clothing that I could buy for less at an end of season sale. Having said that, at the same oppie, you can fill a bag (the "green" style) with manchester for $6. And that includes the price of the bag. Trust me, you can shove a lot of sheets and doona covers and doilies and tablecloths into one of those bags. So I guess what you lose on the roundabouts you make up on the....what is that metaphor again?

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  8. Love the tan bag with the black shoes...great combo. I find winter jackets Over the top I have been known to pay $40 for a vintage coat it was utterly amazing and had to have it, I think I have worn it once but I like knowing its there if I need her!

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  9. Op shop prices have gone up in the last year in New Zealand, even in my favourite second hand store that does very brisk trading and usually has the best prices and goods in town.

    I often wonder how (some) op-shops can charge prices that you would see for discounted (new) t-shirts in stores...I would like to recycle but at what cost...the most I have paid was 25 dollars for any one item - this includes a red cashmere 50's beaded cardigan (in pristine condition), a teal and gold tea cup set (4 cups, 6 saucers), and a juicer (brand new, never been used) and a leather bag with hand made embroidery and beading that I used for my laptop last year.

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  10. SCORE!!! Score of the century. We likey.

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  11. nice one!! i want a bucket bag and Tan leather is a fAB for summer - i think if you buy vintage online its way way pricier but they do most of the work for you...i go into an Op Shop and scan the place - im not good at sifting through stuff to find a FAB piece...

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