About

Hi there, I’m Sam

 
In late 2008 I wondered if there was an easy way to find Op Shops in New Zealand.
 
Turns out there wasn’t.
 
I started building this website, over the years it has evolved to what it is now. It’s a side project I hope people find helpful.

They Key Ideas Behind Op Shop Directory NZ is:

  • To list all the Op Shops in the country with all relevant information
  • Allow people to rate and review the listing

 

 

Shops Currently Listed

What makes this site different?

  • It’s put together by me, a real human.  Listings are updated when new information is received, either from the shops themselves, Op Shoppers or if I see something myself.  Without the great support of people this site wouldn’t exist.
  • I decided early on to not allow people to “claim” and update the listings themselves.  This stops random information being published and helps keep a consistent look across the website.  Use the contact form for any new listings or updates required
  • I decided I was sick of seeing ads on the site, so have removed them.
  • It’s always free to have the basic listing on the site. 

What’s listed on the site?

People can sometimes have strong feelings about what is an Op Shop.

People shop at Op Shops and similar stores for a variety of reasons, like:

  • It’s cheap
  • They want to support a cause
  • It’s more sustainable

These are the types of shops I list

  • Shops that are charities that give funds to different causes mostly referred to as Op Shops
  • Consignment stores

While consignment stores are different to Op Shops, I list them as they perform a similar function of helping people find clothes, and keeping those clothes out of the waste system.

Shops I won’t list are:

  • Antique shops
  • Online Op Shops
  • Non recycled retail stores

Shops that are a bit if a grey area sometimes class themselves as vintage and retro store, but are in fact normal retail stores selling reproductions.

I’m always looking at what is listed on the website, and there has been a lot submitted over the years that I feel don’t fit the website.

I’m more than happy to discuss any listed sites on the website, and look forward to feedback on how you see Op Shopping in NZ.

Thank You

Thanks to everyone that has visited the site, rated or reviewed a shop, or sent in information.

If you find the site useful and you want to help power me to update it more, feel free to buy me a coffee ☕➡😁

 

Cheers
Sam