Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Animal Liberation Op Shop, Camberwell
It's an unlikely space for an op-shop, small, modern and remotely located on the edge of the suburban sprawl.
It has windows painted like a butchers with 1/2 priced specials on Havaianas thongs, this store is famous for cheap Havaianas thongs. For the large part the clothes are uninteresting, gazman-style slacks, tops and jeans for men (good basics) and a few strappy printed dresses, work shirts and colourful lycra tops for women.
I loved a wonderful corset type, white shirt creation. Think Madonna and like a virgin, with lace, pearls, satin and a perky bust. There is a small, but robust collection of VHS' (including titles like Armageddon and the Breakfast Club) and some good second hand books, kids clothes, strappy leather handbags and other assorted goods.
It's a quiet shop and the collection is limited. But you may find one or two interesting pieces and some good basics. The Havaianas racket in this op-shop is one of the more interesting op-shop, thong related rackets I may have encountered.
There are boxes of them and depending what month and what day you go in on there is usually a variety of sizes. They even have kid sizes.
FINAL WORD: Not a great place for vintage fashion, cheap Havaianas are the highlight.