Hmmm, Op shopping on an action packed family trip. I had hoped to do some thrifting on my visit to the Wairarapa. Shoulda known better. I only seem to get near the 2nd hand shops in small farming towns late at night, after the doors have shut for the day.
Case in point: There are thrift shops in Eketahuna (Wairarapa), Darfield (Canterbury), Amberly (Canterbury) & Reefton (West Coast) I would love to check out & am sure are chock full of all sorts of goodies. As I zip thru these towns on my way to some crazy adventure or camping mission I say to myself “One of these days I’ll get the “Opportunity” to stop. (corny pun, I know!)
When my op shopping plans bit the dust, so did the post highlighting my finds.
Instead, I did lots of visiting, saw my niece & nephew’s sporting events, & gate crashed yet another South Wairarapa 4th of July party.
Hmm, what to do…while
procrastinating sorting the massive pile of post-trip laundry I realised many of my favourite household items come from Wairarapa 2nd hand stores.
These have all come from Wairarapa Op Shops over the past 7 years:
Why Wairarapa Op Shops?
(or Wai Wairarapa Op Shops for those who love a bad pun, ha ha!):
Rewind to 2006: the hubby & I go from broke 20 somethings paying off student loans, to backpackers living out of suitcases, to finally deciding to put down some roots. We came back to NZ with 2 suitcases & not much $$. If we were going to start living like “regular” folk, some basics were needed.
My fave Wairarapa thrift, 2nd hand, & op shops:
Carterton: Fuzzy, Salvation Army Family Store
Greytown: Deja Vu (though this is more high end consignment clothing, most of my wardrobe comes from here)
Masterton: The Salvation Army Family Store, Seekers, Perry’s, Savemart
Best part: The people. I’ve met some great folks who run or volunteer at the various second hand shops and stores in Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Are there thrift stores you only catch a glimpse of via the passenger side window? Do you come from a region known for its vintage and 2nd hand shops? Do you have op shops that you’ve been dying to visit?
I’d love you to share your thrifting strategy or your own op shopping experiences in the comments below. I’m all about sharing the knowledge, but if you’re an Op Shopping Ninjas who thrives on a stealth mission, I get and respect that too!
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