Perfect for when you need to revamp your wardrobe on a budget, second-hand stores and opportunity shops are the ultimate treasure troves. Filled with bargains just waiting to be discovered, there’s no feeling like scoring a designer piece on the cheap.
So, grab your best scavenging mates, pool your pennies and jump in the car because we’ve hunted down eight of the Sunshine Coast's best op shops.
Alpha And Omega
25 Production Street, Noosaville
If there's one op shop you need to add to your hit list, Alpha and Omega is it. This almighty op shop in Noosa, sells everything from homewares and furniture to books and artworks, but it's the golden racks of clothing that get us everytime. Although small in size compared to other fashion offerings across the region, it's all about quality over quantity under this warehouse roof.
Hope Charity Shop
6 William Street, Coolum
Hiding along William Street is Hope Charity Shop. A packed-to-the-brim op shop that’ll make you feel like you’re going to find a one-of-a-kind gem as soon as you step inside. Serial op-shoppers will be in their element, as you will have to do a bit of digging to find the gold. But that’s half the fun, right?
Beautiful You Funky Op Shop
738 Nicklin Way, Currimundi
For those who know the Sunshine Coast’s op shops like the back of their hand, you’ll most likely be familiar with Beautiful You Cancer Charity’s old Maroochydore store. And although it’s now closed, this for-a-cause op shop, which raises funds and awareness for ovarian cancer, can be found in Currimundi.
202 Nicklin Way, Warana
Once you’ve moved through the initial shock of the size and the multitude of hangers to comb through, you’ll realise you’re in op shop heaven. We are no strangers to the Salvation Army stores, because you could easily spend a couple of hours sorting through the knick knacks. Hands down one of the best op shops on the Sunshine Coast, if you’re a uni student on the search for cheap homewares, furniture or some fresh threads, consider this your palace.
41 Main Street, Buderim
Take a stroll along Main Street in Buderim and indulge yourself in a little vintage shopping. The Bloomhill op shops cater for everyone’s hunting eye. Men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, plus household items are all looking for their new forever home. If you’re not lurking around Buderim, you can find their entire list of Sunshine Coast stores here.
Sanctuary Op Shop
Shop 6, Corner Walan and Smith Street, Mooloolaba
In the heart of Mooloolaba, you'll find Sanctuary Op Shop. This not-for-profit business offers a friendly welcome and a variety of pre-loved, well, everything. Browse your way through the dainty bits and bobs, antiques and threads, and spend your shopping money guilt-free knowing that you're helping to assist victims of domestic and/or family violence with each purchase.
Lifeline Shop Cooroy
Shop 22a, Maple Street, Cooroy
If you live along the coastline, this is a bit of a drive, but trust us, it's a must-visit for all vintage lovers. Not only is the location of Cooroy an absolute stunner, but you're also in for some amazing bargains, especially if you can hold out to their massive annual denim sale. You never know what treasures you're going to find and the Lifeline store in Cooroy is no exception.
Compound Secondhand Surf And Espresso
Shop 23B/15 Heathfield Road, Coolum Beach
Founded in 2014, Compound is quite possibly the only surf op shop on the Sunshine Coast. Combining coffee, all things surf and secondhand clothing, this is literally somewhere you can browse racks of old gear with a coffee in hand. Rummage through the racks and discounted boxes, and we doubt you'll leave empty-handed.
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