Thrifty shoppers set for hunt

IF there was ever a time to drop into an op shop and pick up a bargain, it's this week. 

Bargain hunters county-wide are celebrating National Op Shop Week, which runs until August 31, with the week set to raise awareness of the important role of charity op shops in the community 

Store House volunteer Rebecca Slothgraaf, whose friends dubbed the Op Shop Queen, said she loved finding a bargain.

"I think I have a good eye for finding things," she said. 

Ms Slothgraaf said 95 per cent of her wardrobe was bought from an op shop, with her best buy an elegant evening dress. 

"It was a beautiful dress. I wore it on the Riverboat Cruise. All the staff kept commenting," she said. 

Bendigo's Saurabh Singh said if you don't want to spend the big bucks then go to an op shop. 

"They are good places to find stuff that you are not really sure of spending lots of money on," he said. 

"They are very economical and the stuff available is worth having a look."

In celebration of op shop week, the Bendigo Advertiser is putting four thrifty fashionistas to the test to see what outfit they can come up with.

The twist - participants will have just $20. 

Each of the four outfits will be put to public vote on Tuesday afternoon. One lucky voter will win a prize. 

Visit www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au to vote. 

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