When it comes to planning a day of op shopping and treasure hunting in Ipswich, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. With this complete shopping itinerary you can rest assured that no secondhand stone will be left unturned.

If you’re feeling the need to go on a thrift store bender, there are certain regions around Brisbane that are hotspots for secondhand steals and Ipswich is one of the best.

You’ll never come home empty-handed. Weekdays are the best so you have a full day to play with, but if Saturday is your only option then set your alarm and get out there bang on 9am.

Thrifting tips and tricks

  • Research…flick through a fashion magazine so you have your head in the game. Have an idea of what prints, fabrics, garments, bric a brac or haberdashery you ‘need’ before you get there.
  • Cash is king…not all op shops have made it into the 21st century so remember to collate all of your shrapnel.
  • Dress code…wear something easy to get changed into and out of to save on time. Avoid buttons at all costs! I usually wear a dress and slip on shoes for a ninja shopping experience.
  • Always have coffee beforehand…it’ll give you a much needed adrenalin kick.

Read the full “10 Commandments of Op Shopping” here.

Ipswich itinerary 

Goodna really brings the goods and is enroute to the heart of the city…

9am- McIntyre Centre thrift store – 11 Queen St, Goodna (Trading hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 12noon)

9:45am - Asthma Foundation Op Shop – St Ives Shopping Centre, Shop 9, 2 Smith St, Goodna (Trading hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 2:30pm Saturday)

10:30am - Goodna Anglican Parish Op Shop – 69 Alice St, Goodna (Trading hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm Wednesdays and Fridays only) Then bounce to Booval for a ‘quick’ stop at one of Lifeline’s largest stores in Queensland…

11:30am - Lifeline Superstore – 80 Jacaranda St, Booval (Trading hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5pm and Saturday 8:30am to 3pm) Then head into Ipswich for the grand finale…

12:15pm - St Paul’s Anglican – Limestone St, Ipswich – just above the southern entrance to d’Arcy Doyle Place (Trading hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 2pm and Saturday 9am- 12noon

12:45pm – Lutheran Bargain Centre – West Street Ipswich (Trading hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 2pm)

1:15pm- Lunch…it’s very important to keep your energy levels up and the main drag on Brisbane Street in Ipswich has plenty to offer for a little lunch break. Try Fourth Child for something fancy or Deann’s coffee house across the street, home of the famous nutella cappuccino!

1:45pm - ALWQ Op Shop – 189 Brisbane St, Ipswich (Trading hours: Monday – Friday 9: 30am to 4:15pm and Saturday 9am to 12:15pm)

2:15pm - Vinnies – 219 Brisbane St, Ipswich (Trading hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 9am – 12noon)

3:00pm - Salvation Army – 64 South St, Ipswich (Trading hours: 9am to 4.30pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 1pm Saturday)

3:45pm - Head home with the loot!

Where’s your favourite op shop in Ipswich? Let us know in the comments below!