KEEN OP-SHOPPERS: Jarryd Bailey, 22, and Hannah McFarlane, 24, at the Salvation Army Op-Shop in Lismore.
KEEN OP-SHOPPERS: Jarryd Bailey, 22, and Hannah McFarlane, 24, at the Salvation Army Op-Shop in Lismore. Cathy Adams

Op-shopping, it’s a hit for young

THE youth of Australia have not only embraced the song Thrift Shop, but the idea behind it, it seems.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's poppy rap homage to op-shop clothes, which has been at the top of the charts for weeks, includes lyrics such as "Savin' my money and I'm hella happy that's a bargain… I'ma take your grandpa's style, I'ma take your grandpa's style, No for real - ask your grandpa - can I have his hand-me-downs?"

Along with the popularity of the song, the popularity of op shops has been rising with it, it would seem.

Pat Daley, community liaison for Salvation Army stores, said op-shops were becoming very popular among young people, as it was now seen to be "cool" to shop second hand.

He said this might be due to the financially cheap nature of their products, the environmental aspect - not contributing to landfill - or because of the amount of op-shops around, especially in regional areas.

Lismore couple Hannah McFarlane, 24, and Jarryd Bailey, 22, said they loved op-shopping.

They were down at the Salvation Army Family Store on Carrington St, Lismore, yesterday looking for a chest of drawers and some fabric to use to cover cushions, Ms McFarlane said.

The pair said they loved op-shopping because it was cheap, and the items were pre-loved, which meant they've got a bit of "character".

Ms McFarlane says she goes op-shopping regularly, and that it seems a common thing for people in the area. "I like the idea of getting something cool and fixing it up to make it my own," she said.

"I'm digging, I'm digging, I'm searching right through that luggage. One man's trash, that's another man's come-up."



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