If I was only allowed to enter one kind of shop for the rest of my life, I’d choose op shops. You can find anything in op shops or thrift shops or charity shops – whatever you may call them in your neck of the woods – although if you’re after something specific, you have to go about it subtly. Sometimes the op shop gods will smile on you and you’ll find an exact replacement for your dad’s old dictionary in the first shop you visit. Other times, they laugh at you as you search through fully a dozen op shops before you finally get your hands on a proper Scrabble game.
Often, Sundays are the only weekend day when I can hunt out op shops and to find one open on such a day is a very rare event indeed. Yet that’s exactly what happened as I was driving through Chiltern with the parents last weekend. An open op shop was the very last thing we expected to discover in this historic little town in North East Victoria and yet there it was, its glorious ‘Op Shop Open’ sign begging us to come in.
And look what I found!