We’ll take any excuse for a shopping spree, but especially when it involves revamping our wardrobes with thrift shop threads. Believe us, shopping is way more fun when you know you’re being sustainable and avoiding fast-fashion. Not only is shopping second hand better for the environment, there’s no better feeling than finding a staple designer bag or a one-off dress nobody else will be donning. That said, finding quality second hand wares that won’t break the bank involves a bit of effort, so we’re here to help you discover the very best thrift and op shops Christchurch has to offer.
Not only does Recycle Boutique help minimise the environmental impacts of fashion, they give customers access to affordable designer fashion. Look through the racks for pre-loved pieces from local and international designers that seamlessly fit within your existing wardrobe. If you have a few items hanging around that you no longer wear, they’ll help find your items a new home.
Woolston Op Shop
If you love searching for bargains while helping animals in need, head to the SPCA Op Shop on Ferry Road. Seriously, this shop sells everything from clothing, jewellery and kitchenware to toys and furniture. Go on, enjoy the joys of op shopping with the bonus of helping out your furry friends.
City Mission Opportunity Shops
With locations scattered around Christchurch, the City Mission op shops are all worth visiting for different reasons. Search for treasures or the next statement piece for your wardrobe. At the newly opened Mīhana store, you’ll find one of a kind pieces from your favourite designers plus a range of vintage clothes, shoes, bags, and jewellery, as well as cheerful kitsch pieces. Buying from these op shops not only helps the planet and saves wastage, it also directly impacts our community. These shops help the City Mission continue their important work in our city.
The Great Opportunity Shop
Another inner city gem, The Great Opportunity Shop on Hereford Street is known for its massive selection of books. The well-organised second hand shop is well-stocked with a large range of items to discover. If you’re looking to snatch up some pre-loved items, this is one of the best op shops in Christchurch.
St Vincent de Paul
It’s worth putting aside a few hours to comb through the racks at this Stanmore Road shop. Ask any avid op-shopper in Christchurch and they’ll tell you that Vinny’s is the real deal. Work your way through the racks of cheapies all the way to their furniture section and you’re bound to find some hidden gems.
A local favourite, ReLove Clothing is known for its affordability and one-of-a-kind items. Everything is neatly arranged by size, which makes browsing so much easier. They also regularly run half-price Saturdays, so keep an eye out for some major steals. Pro tip: if you see something you like, buy it before someone else snatches it up. Nothing here stays around for long.
For a treasure trove of vintage and retro clothing, look no further than Madam Butterfly’s Vintage Boutique. This Ferry Road shop is chocka with unusual stock from clothing to teacups, shoes and even ball gowns. If you love pretty things and anything vintage-styled, then you will love this shop.