The local’s guide to Benalla op shops
Who wants to give away the secrets to their local op shops? Nobody that’s who. It’s a generous soul who reveals that the address for the Salvos in Google maps will take you to the mission and not the shop. Well, we just happen to be those generous souls. Besides, we cleaned out all the good Ken Done sweaters and vinyl last week.
It’s a pretty simple, yet gold-mine like setup here in Benalla. Four op shops, all arranged along this easy upside-down-T-with-inconsistent-serif.
Your first stop over the bridge is that secretive Salvation Army Thrift shop at 5 – 9 Bridge Street, Benalla. This place is big – super well-organised. The kind of place where the ‘good stuff’ has its own rack. But you’ll still find some hidden treasure.
Toddle around the corner and you’ll find Yooralla Ballandella Op Shop at 73 Nunn Street, next to the NAB. It’s an old school storefront literally stuffed with ah, stuff. Do some digging here and you’ll find some gems. Not to mention if you get there on the right day (so far, every day) you can fill a bag of clothes for five bucks. Five bucks. That’s a denomination barely clinging to its own note. Brilliant.
Head further up Nunn Street for a bit to number 41 and you’ll find the behemoth that is Benalla Vinnies. You name it, they got it. Give yourself a little bit to wander around and take it in.
Now for a little power walk (or alright, drive if you must, I guess you can’t really pedal that vintage Val Kilmer framed print) over to the Red Cross at 59 Carrier Street. Do a couple of loops of that one, and you’re done. You’ve had the Benalla op shop tour experience. How do you feel?
If you’re like us, you feel a little smirky for nailing such finds, and a little like you need a coffee. So then we head to One Wild Apple – coffee and tunes. Excellent.
Benalla op shops
Here you go, and remember Uncle Google doesn’t know where Salvos is, but you do.
Salvation Army Thrift Shop
5-9 Bridge Street, Benalla
Yooralla Ballandella Op Shop
73 Nunn Street, Benalla (next to NAB)
41 Nunn Street, Benalla
59 Carrier Street, Benalla
Bonus coffee and tunes stop:
One Wild Apple
2/43 Bridge Street, Benalla
ppsssst! You there! Special reward for reading this far... ;) If you happen to be in town on a Tuesday, word on the street (Bridge Street) is that the Baptist Church has a wee op shop that's open from 10am - 1pm on Tuesdays!