The suburb of Newtown is a great spot for op-shopping. Discover three popular second hand stores where you’re likely to hunt yourself a bargain.
For me, op-shopping is never wasted time. Even after I’ve meticulously picked through each and every clothing rack, tried on a bunch of ill-fitting clothes and nearly, almost committed to an outrageous leopard print item (but just couldn’t quite convince myself that it would ever be useful), the experience is still fun.
Those random leopard prints and all the other eclectic jumble is exactly where the appeal lies for me. You never know what you’re going to find, what decade you’ll be transported to, and maybe—just maybe—you’ll find something perfect to take home.
Here are three op-shops in Newtown definitely worth browsing, and some nearby cafe options if you find yourself hungry halfway through.
If you plan to op-shop here on a weekend, make sure that you go on Saturday. All of these shops are closed on Sunday.
Where you’re going
Time to find out a little bit more about your destinations.
Opportunity for Animals
162 Riddiford St, Newtown
Best for: retro and the slightly outrageous
One of three Opportunity for Animals shops around the city, this charity shop is part of a larger collective out to raise money for animals in need. The registered charity behind the shops is the Animal Protection Society, who also own and operate the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary in Ōtaki.
Open: 9.30am–5pm weekdays, 10am–4pm Saturdays. Closed Sunday.
St Vincent de Paul Op Shop
207 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Best for: jewellery and odd-ball crafts
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organisation, whose members and volunteers help families and individuals.
Look out for their distinctive blue logo on the side of Ozanam House.
Open: 9am–5pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Salvation Army Family Store
223 Riddiford St, Newtown
Best for: kitchenware and furniture
Known informally as “the Sallies”, the Salvation Army is a large church community who offer social services and support. Their charity shops are numerous across the country.
This store on Riddiford Street contains a large selection of tidy clothes, trinkets and furniture, and is a bit of a hot spot on Saturdays.
Open: 9am–5.30pm weekdays, 10am–4pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Recommended eats in this neighbourhood include:
- People’s Coffee
- Baobab Cafe
- The Ramen Shop
A | Opportunities for Animals
B | St Vincent de Paul Op Shop
C | Salvation Army Family Store