Auckland’s 5 Best Op Shops 2022 – What a difference two years makes.
Over the last couple of years at least two of my favourite Op Shops have had a change of management and they’ve slipped off the Auckland 5 Best Op Shops list.
How could that be you ask?
As much as a change of management doesn’t seem to impact general retail too much, often a change of management within an Op Shop can have quite a significant impact. You see relationships are built slowly over time within this industry and its often the Op Shop manager that facilitates these relationships. The manager is often the eyes, ears, heart and soul of the Op Shop.
You see …there’s some kind of magic that a good Op Shop manager weaves and thats really hard to replace.
I know covid-19 has been really hard on many organisations, but I implore NZ charities to look after their Op Shop managers a little better and give them thanks and/or recognition more often.
A good Op Shop manager is often an untrained social worker, volunteer liason, retail manager and superman/woman all in one. They take this constant juggle in their stride day to day and still manage a big smile when the next customer walks in.
there’s some kind of magic that a good op shop manager weaves …
That being said …here we go our top 5 Auckland Op Shops for 2022.
Congratulations to the teams behind each Op Shop, the managers and volunteers who worked really hard together to make these Auckland Op Shops great in 2022.
5 Best Auckland Op Shops 2022
St Andrews Op Shop – 79 Queen Street, Waiuku
This shop is so good I wish I lived in Waiuku so I could visit more often. What it misses in display it makes up for with bargains. The manager is lovely, the volunteers friendly and the pricing is great. You can have a really good rummage around and honestly I’d be surprised if you could leave without finding some wonderful bargain each time. Oh nearly forgot, there’s furniture next door too.
Mercy Hospice Shop Remuera – 1/320 Remuera Road
Mercy Hospice Ponsonby – 300 Ponsonby Road
If you’re into labels you should check these two op shops out. You pay a little more for the label brands as you’d expect but still plenty of bargains to be found. The managers here are lovely and the volunteers great too. Lets call this one a tie for second.
Auckland City Mission Glen Innes Op Shop – 14 Mayfair Place, Glen Innes
This shop has been one of my favourites for years. It’s more of your bargain basement type shop than anything else but they continue to almost always have something interesting.
Hospice Shop Takapuna – 507 Lake Road
The new manager is wonderful and super friendly, the volunteers warm and welcoming, this one is well worth a regular visit. The shop is always beautifully displayed.
The Salvation Army Family Store Glen Innes – 49 Mayfair Place Glen Innes
Great selection of clothes at reasonable prices, this op shop gets some fantastic donations at times and has some really good bargains. The new retail assistant on the front counter is super helpful and really friendly, an absolute joy to interact with.
So thats it my 5 Best Auckland Op Shops for 2022 list. These are my personal opinions of course and yours may differ. If you have any interest in writing a best op shops list for your local area please get in touch with our team.
Oh and please remember to review your favourite op shop on our website. If its not here message me and I’ll add it.