St Vincent de Paul centre co-ordinator Shirley Molloy shows customer Joy Riley some of the great finds in the Grafton St Store.
St Vincent de Paul centre co-ordinator Shirley Molloy shows customer Joy Riley some of the great finds in the Grafton St Store. Kerri Moore

I spy... glam bargains

TREASURE hunts were always a blast as a child but as an adult they can involve designer clothes - and that's so much better.

Warwick's St Vincent de Paul store, in Grafton St, will next week be the place to search for a gem without the price tag.

The store is celebrating Op Shop Week with a sidewalk bazaar running from Monday to Friday, and every day there is a new treasure to be found.

Centre co-ordinator Shirley Molloy said although shoppers always left the store with a bargain, next week things would be bigger and better than usual.

"We will have tables and chairs outside and display cases filled with clothes and other items. It will be alfresco without the food," she said.

"We have gathered a lot of really great items to surprise even our most regular customers."

And if you're someone who loves a bargain - let's face it, who doesn't - prepare to get excited.

"Every day we will put a valuable item in either the store or outside - it could be a $300 dress, a very old and expensive book or designer clothing," Ms Molloy said.

Op shopping has soared in past years, with fashionistas utilising the stores for their great prices and gorgeous vintage finds.

"It has become trendy to go op-shopping and it is a good time to have with friends," Ms Molloy said.

"We have great modern clothes, as well as vintage items and it's like a great emporium - everything is here.

"Vinnies shops are clean and airy and there is no rubbish here, it's just good quality items at a fraction of the price."

The sidewalk bazaar runs from 9.30am until 4pm, Monday to Friday next week.