5 Reasons You Should Opt to Op-Shop

We have put together five of our favourite reasons why you should look to your local op shops for your fashion fix.


Aside from the most obvious draw card, saving money, there are so many more reasons an increasing number of people are opting to op-shop.

  1. Saving money to spend on experiences instead of ‘stuff’

It’s a fact that op shopping saves you money. But, that doesn’t mean you need to compromise on quality or on style. Before the garments hit the racks, there is a team working hard behind the scenes sorting through every item, one by one, to ensure that only the high-quality and well-kept items make it to our Best Dressed store. So stash away your pennies and splash out on an adventure or a nice meal out.

  1. Give your money to your community, instead of a multi-million-dollar company

When you buy at our Best Dressed Store, you’re giving back to your local community.  Our Social Programs provide essential services to Canberrans experiencing hardship or who just need a helping hand. Find out more about what we do in the community.

  1. Save the planet and rescue good quality threads from landfill

The clothing industry emits the second largest amount of pollution every year, after the oil industry. We don’t often think that the clothes on our back could have anything to do with the climate crisis but if we begin to unpack the many stages of supply chain, it starts to make sense. From raw material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, purchase and ultimately disposal in landfill (unless you are wonderful and donate), the carbon footprint of our clothes is huge.  Make op shopping your first port of call and see what you can find. 

  1. It’s shopping made fun

You just never know what you are going to stumble upon on your visit to the Best Dressed Store. Barely touched Perri Cutten suits, an immaculate Cue dress, Diana Ferrari shoes in perfect nick, a Bec and Bridge skirt or an interesting satin pleated electric-blue number straight out of the 80s for your next costume party (see feature image). There are no words to describe the feeling that you get when you bag a $10 bargain that would have set you back hundreds. Op shopping is fun, it’s relaxed and it’s always an adventure. You just never know what you’re going to come away with.

  1. Connect and chat with friendly volunteers

Our volunteers at the Best Dressed Store are bound to put a smile on your face. Why? Because they want to be there. Our volunteers aren’t there to try and upsell you a printed hessian bag at the counter, they are there because they enjoy what they do and want to give back to their community.

Check out some of the looks out of the Best Dressed Store this month…

Every outfit comes under $20!






Our Best Dressed Store is an op shop with a difference, specialising in high-quality business and evening wear, shoes and accessories for men and women. It is located in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome on the upper level, across from Coles.  

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