Local Savings

Service: 4, Quality: 5, Price: 5
SAVERS Princes Highway, Victoria, Australia, www.savers.com.au

Mill Park, Brunswick, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston, Greensborough and Shepparton, Victoria, and Noarlunga, SA.

Savers is my FAVOURITE shop. Its basically like a recycled clothes & homewares superstore. Many people run in the other direction when you mention op-shopping, but this place makes it fun. It's a massive store with all of the clothes in sections - Womens, Mens & Children - and then its categorised by the type of item it is - Pants, Skirts, Jackets, Vests, Long Sleeve, Shirts, Eveningwear, the list goes on.

There are a lot of items that are the worst of the 80's and 90's - great for a giggle - but there are some magnificent items to be found, both current and vintage, from all the known labels - Cotton On, Supre, City Chic, Kmart, Target, Sportsgirl, Portmans, Myer, Katies, and so on.

But best of all - sometimes there are fantastic designer goods too. I found a pair of Grey satin Wayne Cooper pants for the bargain price of $10. A silk vintage Chanel maxi dress for $20 (during their half price sale!) and a near-new pair of Christian Louboutin heels for $150 (retail upwards of $900 for brand new).

If you take the time, and have some fun, you can unearth some amazing pieces that will complement you and your wardrobe. Its a great way to update your wardrobe for a fraction of the price!

There are various stores across Vitoria and one in SA. (All are outlined on the website.)

Victoria: Mill Park, Brunswick, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston, Greensborough and Shepparton.


Although their prices are pretty low to start with, they often have great sales (sometimes during the week) such as 20% off, 50% off and they also have special discount days for seniors. They also have spot specials, where they'll tell you over the voiceover what todays special is - it might be 5 pairs of pants for $20, or it might be 'buy 3 skirts and save 15%'.

They also have a special rewards card. Take your donations to one of the counters when you arrive, and they will stamp your discount card, which ranges from 5% - 25% off your next purchase!

Contributed by: Brianna, 16 May 2011