Coolamon Shire's op shops, junk stores and antique treasure troves

There’s no denying what’s old is cool again! The resurgence of vintage style has led to a revival of op shops, junk stores and antique treasure troves.

 Shopping for second hand goods is not only a special way to support your community, but is also an easy way to have a huge impact on the environment. 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. buying second hand is a great way to mitigate your impact on the environment. Rather than feeding into the larger economy and wasting further resources, you can source something that’s already been created and reuse it.

Luckily for you Coolamon Shire is busting at the seams with amazing places to get your retro on!

 St Vincent de Paul- Op Shop
Cowabbie street – Coolamon
Open: Thursday and Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday – 10am – 12pm

Set inside one of Coolamon’s beautiful heritage shopfronts, Vinnies is all that you expect from a great Op-Shop - clean, organised, new and seasonal stock. Mostly comprising of clothing, and a small selection of homewares and textiles, our favourite thing about visiting Vinnies has to be the team of amazing volunteers, always cheerful and warm!

Treats and Treasures
Cowabbie St- Coolamon
Open: 11am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday 

Treats and Treasures can only be described as a Coolamon institution!, almost like stepping back in time. The walls are lined with vintage collectables and memorabilia, antiques and gifts. Specialising in Arnott's, Bushell's and Coca-Cola collectables. Also features restored Australian furniture and other advertising and Art Deco treasures.

Well Read Books
Cowabbie Street - Coolamon
Open: Thursday-Sunday, 10am to 3.30pm

There’s nothing quite like a second hand book shop and Well Read Books is up there with the best. Nestled amongst the impressive range of titles, there are some beautiful pieces of vintage wares and restored furniture. Hundreds of books, fiction, non-fiction and junior reads, it’s easy to spend hours scouring the shelves!

Baldo’s
Waterview street- Ganmain
Open: Saturday and Sunday and some weekdays

It goes without saying- Baldo’s is not for the faint hearted! Don’t be put off by the sheer enormity of it all though, I would go as far to say it’s impossible to leave empty handed! Spanning across 3 separate shops Baldo’s is everything an authentic junk shop should be, full to the brim with treasures. Hanging from the ceiling, spilling onto the foot path, with everything you can imagine. Be it a little chaotic, you won’t be disappointed

 The Curio Second Hand Shop - Op Shop
Ford Street – Ganmain
Open: 9am to 2pm Wednesday to Saturday

Set in the stunning heritage Literary institute building, The Curio is a beautiful example of a true old school country Op shop. Really well priced, organised and clean- lots of homewares, toys, glassware and even a great selection of furniture, there is something really nostalgic about this hidden gem

Ganmain Op-Shop
Ford Street - Ganmain
Open: Wednesday- Saturday, 9am-2pm

A beautiful volunteer ran op shop. Warm, friendly and inviting- with an awesome range of clothing for both adults and kids. Some beautiful nick nacs and an awesome selection of accessories, shoes and handbags.

Ardlethan Anglican Community Op-Shop
Ariah Street- Ardlethan
Open: Monday - Friday 9am to 12.30 with occasional Saturday

This hidden gem is run by the Ardlethan community for the Ardlethan community. It’s exactly as an op-shop should be. Really really reasonably prices stock with a great mix of everything! Volunteers always up for a chat, curious to know where you are visiting from! Some of my best bargains have been from this great little store!

Relle’s Relics - Ardlethan
Ariah Street Ardlethan

A privately owned second hand shop packed to the rafters with kitsch and quirky goods! A great collection on display. Rel the owner has a great eye for second hand wares. Sure to find something you didn’t know you needed!

Coolamon & Ganamin Craft Shops

Coolamon and Ganmain are host to wonderful craft shops, specialising in local procedure and handmade goodies. You will find a range of items from jams, chutneys, olives, garden ornaments, tea towels and postcards (and a lot more).

Platt’s Secondhand Goods and Collectables
Cowabbie Street Coolamon
Open: Friday to Monday & Wednesday’s (Closed Tuesday & Thursday)

Located in the ‘Willows on Cowabbie’ building and full to the brim with a variety of goods and collectables. There is something for everyone, take your time to explore this large and impressive collection.

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Baldo’s, Ganmain

Baldo’s, Ganmain

Treats and Treasures, Coolamon

Treats and Treasures, Coolamon

Curio & Secondhand Shop, Ganmain

Curio & Secondhand Shop, Ganmain

Treats and Treasures, Coolamon

Treats and Treasures, Coolamon

Coolamon’s Country Goodies

Coolamon’s Country Goodies

Laura Munro