- Frustrated ambulance worker plea for people to stay home in lockdown
- Finding hidden treasures in op-shops is easy – and good for the planet
- 8 Best Op Shops and Vintage Stores in Melbourne
- 1. Vintage Sole
- 2. Camberwell Market
- 3. Shappere
- 4. Shag
- 5. Retrostar Vintage
- 6. Vintage Garage
- 7. Circa Vintage Clothing
- 8. Toorak Opportunity Shops
Frustrated ambulance worker plea for people to stay home in lockdown
Published: 11:51 BST, 7 April 2020 | Updated: 12:43 BST, 7 April 2020
An ambulance worker from Kent has urged people to stay at home after she passed people drinking in a pub garden.
Sophie-Louise Dennis, 31, posted a video of herself to on Sunday in a plea to make people follow lockdown rules.
She drove past a group of ten-to-15 people drinking in a beer garden of a shut pub on Tonbridge Road, Maidstone at around midday.
'We drive past a pub,' she says 'and witness people that have bought their own alcohol and are now sitting in a pub garden – there must be about ten-15 of them.
'What don’t you get about this virus? This virus is deadly. Now it could kill you, it could kill your loved ones. Now, we are out here risking our lives to save you, to save your loved ones.'
Sophie works as an Emergency Care Assistant in London and Maidstone for Kent Central Ambulance Service.
She has worked on ambulances for the last six years but has worked in health care for the last eight.
Speaking to MailOnline she said: 'I find it really disheartening if I’m honest, yes we are able to leave our houses but only to work and risks our lives.
'I haven’t seen my family in nearly 2 months and I know fellow emergency crews are staying in hotels as they are unable to go home as they risk there loved ones contracting the virus.
'It’s taking a great toll on all our mental health, not having human contact, not having anyone to talk to. It’s a very lonely time for us all at the moment.'
There are currently 52,290 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and 5,373 deaths.
In the video, Sophie says she is scared to go to work: 'We are fearful every day, absolutely petrified driving to work. I can’t remember the last time I drove to work without crying.
Sophie Dennis is an ambulance worker and she saw a group of ten-to-15 people drinking in a beer garden on Tonbridge Road, Maidstone
'What don’t you understand? The more you keep going out, the longer we are going to be in lockdown and the worse it’s going to get.
'What’s it going to take for you to understand how bad this is? I cannot stress this enough: please stay in.'
The Government has advised people to stay at home unless is it absolutely essential that you go out.
The four main essential forms of travel are:
- Shopping for necessities food and medicine
- One form of exercise a day alone or with your household
- Any medical need or to escape harm
- Travelling to work – but only if working from home is not an option
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care with coronavirus last night after his health dramatically worsened.
Doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital in London took the drastic step because the 55-year-old was struggling to breathe.
The PM is still battling coronavirus in intensive care today with 'no change' in his condition overnight – amid a wave of support from across the nation.
Sophie told MailOnline: 'The longer you go against the rules the longer we will be in lock down!
'We all want to get back to normal and support our local businesses and community. We want to be able to enjoy our summer and try to forget about this pandemic but also remember all the people that lost the battle to this virus.
'Stay in. Stay safe. Stay alive.'
Thousands of people were seen on a beach in Hove and in London's Regent's Park to enjoy the sunny weather at the weekend despite the social distancing guidelines in place.
South London's Brockwell park was shut indefinitely after 3,000 people visited 'despite clear advice' as green spaces and beaches filled up across the UK in defiance of Boris Johnson's plea for Brits to stay indoors.
Lambeth Council tweeted: 'Despite clear advice, over 3,000 people spent today in Brockwell Park, many of them sunbathing or in large groups. This is unacceptable.
'Unfortunately, the actions of a minority now means that, following police advice, Brockwell Park will be closed tomorrow. #StayHome.'
Police had to patrol a beach in Brighton and ask people not to sunbathe as the government tries to enforce social distancing rules
People enjoying their daily exercise are also being told not to dawdle and to keep moving to minimise time spent near others
Finding hidden treasures in op-shops is easy – and good for the planet
Walking into an op-shop in search of something to wear can seem daunting. All those racks and racks of stretched T-shirts, trashy jewellery and cheap dresses can be an overwhelming jumble. Not so for Clare Press, fashion journalist, author of Wardrobe Crisis and sustainable style advocate.
Press is one of those people who, with a few flicks through the racks in a Vinnies or Salvos store, can find glamorous and unique items. Her own beloved treasures include a pair of vintage-style black strappy sandals which she bought for $2 and wore to countless upmarket functions and a red Chinese silk robe she scored in a Red Cross shop.
A wedding dress found in Melbourne while op-shopping with Clare Press. Photograph: Alexandra Spring
So it makes sense that she’s on board for this week’s national op-shop week and will present Salvos Curated, a lineup of goods for sale which she and others have found in the last fortnight among the discarded items. In her rummaging, she’s found two pairs of Christian Louboutin heels, a Ralph Lauren trouser suit and a Prada bag.
Australians have a serious problem with fashion waste: we’re the world’s second-largest consumers of textiles, and each year we buy on average 27kg of new clothing and other textiles – but we dump six tonnes of textiles into landfill every 10 minutes.
As it stands, only 15% of donated clothes are actually sold in charity shops, with huge amounts sent to landfill or on-sold to rag merchants in developing countries. It would have a significant impact on the environment if more Australians got into op-shopping.
As Press puts it: “If you have a guilt complex about consumption – which I do – this is a great way to assuage it. You can make a pretty good case to yourself that you are doing good, because what you are doing is going towards a charitable cause [and] you are saving stuff from landfill.”
After years of trawling through op-shops, market stalls and vintage stores, Press has an eye for spotting the good stuff, but she insists that with practise, pretty much anyone can do it. “If you spend a lot of time looking at clothes, of course you know the difference between clothes at a glance. However that is not a prerequisite for buying stuff in op-shops.”
So on a recent Melbourne expedition, we went trawling the Sacred Heart on Brunswick Road and the Salvos op-shop on Chapel Street in Windsor, while Press shared her top tips for successful op-shopping.
- “Look for quality because donations could be anything. Volunteers who sort things look for things with the labels, things that are clean, things that look as new as possible [and] that’s not necessarily a mark of quality. So what I’m looking for is quality, the most expensive leather, the nicest old tweed jacket,”, she says. Generally she avoids polyester and goes for natural fabrics wool, silk and cotton.
Barely worn boots found in a Melbourne while op-shopping with Clare Press. Photograph: Alexandra Spring
- If you prefer new items, you can find plenty of barely worn items in op-shops, says Press, holding up a leather boot with unmarked soles as an example. “Often when I’m op-shopping, I’ll find brand new things, sometimes with the tag still on, which is to me quite astonishing, when you think about our fashion waste problem. People buy things and get rid of them without even cutting the tags off, they’ve never worn them.”
- Don’t discount old items though, even those that smell a bit off. “I don’t care if things smell of mothballs,” says Press. “Grotty dirty things don’t worry me because some of the oldest things, 50s things are grotty and dirty, but they just need cleaning. A really lovely vintage thing, to me if it needs dry cleaning or hand-washing or mending, so what?
- Go shopping in the right outfit. “When I go to the markets, I wear a tight singlet under something I can take off, and tights or some skinny jeans so that you can whip off your top layer, put on the dress in the street at the market or if there’s nowhere to [change]. Don’t go op-shopping in a fussy blouse or a frilly something that’s going to not be try on-able.” She adds: “Try everything on, because there is no such thing as knowing your size in an op-shop”.
- Do look at the item carefully, as there are some things that can’t be saved. Press holds up an unfortunate coat that’s stained, stretched and the fabric has pilled. “You have to look for things, to check what’s wrong with it. [This is] a bit snagged – if you don’t care, you don’t care. But … you’ve got to check – in a new shop, you wouldn’t be checking for faults.”
- Many things can be fixed, altered or refashioned. Press confesses she has a sewing pile that’s never finished, but she does repair items herself. “Hard things I take to someone.”
- Beware of labels, which can often be cheap knock-offs. While in the store, Press spotted what looked chocolate brown Balenciaga court shoes. On closer inspection, they turn out to be fake, made of PVC, rather than leather.
A full size pool table for $300 – complete with all the balls and cues – on sale in a Melbourne op-shop. Photograph: Alexandra Spring
- Brides-to-be can often get wedding dresses for a steal in op-shops, says Press, who got married in a 60s-era preloved dress. “Wedding dresses end up in op-shops all the time, because people wear them one time and they think they are doing a good thing – which they are – to give them to charity. So you can buy incredible wedding dresses in charity shops for $60.”
- “Don’t ever buy a new pair of jeans again,” says Press, “Op-shops are full of jeans.” Australians are obsessed with denim. According to Roy Morgan, in any given four-week period, more than 1.7 million Australians over the age of 14 buy at least one pair of women’s and/or men’s denim jeans. And they are frequently dumped in charity shops: the store we visit has a bulging rack with labels Mavi and Hudson alongside the Target and Kmart jeans.
- Op-shops can differ wildly, depending on how the store is managed, according to Press, and stocks change daily, so it’s worth visiting your favourite stores regularly. “A rule of thumb which is generally true but not always, is that in posh areas, some better quality clothes get dumped.”
- There’s more to charity shops than clothing and books, as they frequently carry furniture, homewares and artworks. The store we visited had a 53-piece vintage china set for $80, an old-fashioned pram and a full-size pool table for $300 – complete with all the balls and cues.
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8 Best Op Shops and Vintage Stores in Melbourne
There are a huge range of vintage shops in Melbourne stocking the quirkiest, most ethical and best value clothing. Check out these 8 best op shops Melbourne has to offer to diversify your wardrobe with some new top notch Melbourne vintage style.
If you’ve ever walked down the street and felt downtrodden at the sight of someone else wearing the same shirt you just proudly bought, these vintage shops in Melbourne are for you. As the cultural hub of Australia, there are plenty of reasons to expand your wardrobe, whether you’re visiting a new whisky bar or testing your palate with a Japanese restaurant.
Shopping for vintage clothing in Melbourne allows you to express your individual personality and when it comes to finding the best op shops, Melbourne has plenty of options. It is also more ethical shopping as many op shops in Melbourne raise money for charities. Plus re-using preloved items is obviously beneficial to the environment.
Here are the best vintage stores Melbourne has to offer just waiting for the keen-eyed shopper to pluck the exclusive items from their shelves.
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1. Vintage Sole
For classic vintage clothing in Melbourne that remains unique, you can’t look past Vintage Sole. Check out their online store or visit one of their three vintage shops in Melbourne to find garments of the utmost vintage chic.
They have a huge range of polos, overalls, shirts, sneakers and accessories at affordable prices, proving you don’t have to spend a fortune on generic items to look and feel your best.
The only problem with shopping here will the constant question from your mates of ‘where did you get that?’
Address: 258 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9419 6365
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Address: 6/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 6317
Trading Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Address: 153 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9521 1175
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
2. Camberwell Market
Block out every Sunday morning in your calendar for a trip to the Camberwell Sunday Market. It’s eccentric array of secondhand, antique or vintage fashion and paraphernalia will give you that warm fuzzy feeling that only the best thrift stores in Melbourne provide.
From homemade bow ties to European art dealers or canoe ornaments from the Solomon Islands, there is no telling what sort of trinkets and exemplar Melbourne vintage you might snatch up here.
And the best part is that every purchase raises money for Balwyn Rotary, which supports numerous community and humanitarian causes.
Address: Market Place, Camberwell VIC 3124 (free parking on Inglesby Road opposite the local council offices)
Trading Hours: Sun 6:30am-12:30pm
For anyone that can’t resist an earthy coloured paisley shirt, you’ll definitely feel at home in Shappere. They have a huge range of men’s shirts, leather shoes, biker jackets, fantastic vintage hats, cosy knits and whatever else you can locate within their constantly changing stock. Shappere is easily one of the most wide-ranging op shops in Melbourne for men.
Address: 191 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: +61 3 9419 0738
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm
In one corner you might think you’re in a rural market in Peru, then turn around and you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled to a fashion boutique in the 60s.
For the most fabulous and even at times ridiculous clothing, bags, shoes and watches, be sure to check out one of the most renowned thrift stores in Melbourne, Shag.
With foreign and local Melbourne vintage, the prints, colours and designs really have to be seen (and worn) to be appreciated.
Address: 130 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9510 8817
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-6pm
Address: 84 Smith Street, Collingwood, Melbourne VIC 3066
Phone: (61 3) 7016 1844
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
5. Retrostar Vintage
Retrostar Vintage Clothing lays claim to being the largest vintage store in Australia. They specialise in clothing, shoes, bags and accessories from the 1940s to the 1990s.
Nab yourself a retro sweatshirt or sport jersey, some old-school sunnies, your next festival bucket hat or the most expressive and downright incredible socks you will find anywhere (think dinosaurs on skateboards or cats doing water sports).
If you can’t find an item that you instantly fall in love with at this op shop in Melbourne CBD, you’re probably doing something wrong.
Address: Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, cnr of Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 1223
Trading Hours: Mon-Thu & Sat 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
6. Vintage Garage
The Vintage Garage Marketplace wants to help you ‘battle the boring and murder the mundane.
’ Do so by sifting through their collection of over 40 vintage dealers and designers and find vintage styles that speak to your inner fashion soul.
Discover a unique piece for your next festival, party or stroll through the city streets (probably scoping out the other great vintage stores in Melbourne).
Address: 318 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Phone: +61 3 9417 2120
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
7. Circa Vintage Clothing
Scour through over 200 years of eternally stylish fashion at Circa Vintage, one of the most convenient ops shops in Melbourne CBD. Circa offers a whole suite of bow ties, cravats, cufflinks, shirts and ties to suit every vintage-inclined taste.
Founder and owner, Nicole Jenkins has worked in costume design, hair, wardrobe, art direction and written two critically acclaimed books about vintage fashion and personalising your style.
Therefore, she knows how to handpick the most eclectic and timeless pieces of Melbourne vintage fashion that you are bound to adore.
Address: Mitchell House, 352-362 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
8. Toorak Opportunity Shops
Give your wardrobe and entire house all the sprucing opportunities it could dream of with one of the most unexpectedly awe-inspiring vintage shops Melbourne has to offer. This Melbourne op shop provides top clothing brands from decades past in excellent condition at a fraction of their original price, plus quirky trinkets and eye-catching accessories.
Address: 1A Carters Avenue, Toorak VIC 3142
Phone: +61 3 9827 3172
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
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