A friend of mine has been visiting several thrift stores on my behalf in the NE Suburbs of Melbourne. He has picked up quite a few books for me, I’m fairly sure most of these are from Savers in Greensborough (a store I really like visiting). He hasn’t got the same eye for books as me, but I am slowly teaching him to identify books and editions I would pick up on my own…
I picked him along with his car up on Friday afternoon, drove back to Frankston, On Saturday we went thrift hunting.
Below are the books I collected from him this weekend.
On a very beautiful Saturday afternoon with a nice Audi car to drive, we headed up to Mornington, first we visited the Recycling Centre on Racecourse Rd, they have a decent amount of books, I managed to pick out 2-3 books, my friend is into CD’s and picked up about 100+ great albums, there is a lot to choose here, from art, to furniture, bikes etc. Great place to visit if you are in the area. I didn’t take any photos, but it is easy enough to find. PS The staff were super helpful and friendly, giving out small discounts etc.
After the recycling centre we headed to an RSPCA Mega store I had never been to before. it can be found here: 139 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington VIC 3931
The RSPCA in Mornington is a nice big store, not a bad book section, but smaller than most Vinnies and Salvos, everything from clothing to jewelry, books, CD’s even some records. I walked away with a few books for a negligible cost, my friend picked up a vintage Silver Necklace, Old Coins & CD’s. The Store was clean and pleasantly organised, the volunteers were friendly and helpful.
Down the road from the RSPCA there are several more thrift stores, but we only went to the Vinnies, as we were slowly running out of funds.
The Vinnies in Mornington is located @ Factory 6/177 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington VIC 3931, big store, very clean, but starting to get a little pricey, Again everything from Clothes, to Furniture, electronics etc. The book section was massive and the books were relatively well priced, lots of choice if you are after paperbacks, there were only a few books here that I was interested in, and my bank balance was starting to feel a little light, normally I would have gone to the other 2 thrift stores on this stretch of road, but there was no point, we both had an allocated budget for thrifting and it had been reached by the time we left the store.
Out of curiosity we also went past Carrum Downs Savers on the way back, where I picked up 2-3 more books, always something here to buy no matter how small or trivial an item.
Above are the books I picked up in Mornington, a few nice finds including, a George Lucas Fantasy Hardcover 1st edition, as well as a signed John Marsden Book, was very happy was a nice day out and a few nice finds.
After all that I drove my friend back home and caught the public transport back to Frankston, was a long tiring weekend but we both had a great time, I thoroughly recommend visiting these stores if you are local or driving through, these stores do a great job of helping people in the community, any support they can get really does go to helping people in need.
Till the next treasure hunt 🙂