One Planet Living: Day 27: 2017
Happy Birthday Auckland. It's Auckland Anniversary day on Monday and my birthday today and we've both got a long weekend off to celebrate. So here's my gift to Aucklander's everywhere. These are what I rank as the two best op-shops in Auckland.
Buying second hand has the benefit of:
Auckland's Top Op-Shop - Fashion
Located in the village of Sandringham at 571 Sandringham Road this Red Cross is home to some of the best op-shop clothes bargains in Auckland. Open weekdays from 9:30 - 4:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 till 3:00. With lovely volunteers this is a compact, well lit and super organised shop. The stock has a high turnover with donations coming in daily.
This is fast fashion with a heart. Racks are packed with menswear, womanswear and children's clothes with a good selection of shoes and accessories. With goods coming in from surrounding suburbs these are good quality clothes, with many barely worn. My pick today was a $9 Marcs orange silk dress. It was too small - be quick you might just get it. Last winter I bought my whole wardrobe here for about $120. This included a lovely grey jersey from Country Road that was brand new. Today I bought a Country top and a pair of black jeans for $27. There are always clothing ends of lines and faulty goods from Country Road part of an on-going relationship between Red Cross and the company the benefits both. Less waste for Country Road, good PR and more income for the Red Cross. This stock comes in regularly so frequent visits are a must.
The store also has a small selection of books, homeware and some great cheap and cheerful jewellery. While you are there stock up on your bulk spices at the local Indian specialty shops or pop into Satya Spice and Chai Shop for a quick Chai and some Indian street food in the quirky hessian and plant lined alleyway. This fit out is pure sustainability with cable coil tables and tree stump stools and crates for seating.
Auckland's Top Op-Shop - Furniture and Homewares
Feast your eyes on these goodies. Need something for your home? Look no further than Dominion Road. The Salvation Army at 200 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, is split over two levels with homewares and clothes upstairs and furniture, childrens toys and books downstairs. With some of the best second hand furniture in town you are bound to find something to fall in love with. My couch, pantry and some single beds were all bought here. They will deliver locally for a pretty reasonable charge of about $40 depending on the distance from the store.
They always have a great selection of couches, curtains and homewares. Staff are super patient and helpful and the stock is always changing.
My name is Carolyn Cox, I'm the Director of Green Businesss HQ.
I help businesses develop sustainability strategies, action plans and provide sustainability advice for businesses, industry sectors, education providers, and communities.
I am passionate about my family, sustainability, gardening, my bike, good food, movies, and doing stuff that is good for the planet.