Second-hand or treasure... that's the beauty of op-shops

Janaya Ray and Danielle Beretta model op-shop clothes from Endeavour Clothing in Gladstone.
Janaya Ray and Danielle Beretta model op-shop clothes from Endeavour Clothing in Gladstone. Christopher Chan

YOU know that item that commands attention whenever you wear it, it's unique but best of all you bought it for a steal?

That's the beauty of op-shops.

Every item in this shoot is from Endeavour Clothing on 167 Auckland St.

Endeavour has a range of shoes, clothes and accessories and also covers male fashion, plus costumes, manchester, bric-a-brac, books, cds and dvds.

Retail assistant Danielle Beretta styled all of the looks and demonstrates all you need is some imagination when searching through the second-hand racks.

She describes the thrill of op-shopping as a treasure hunt. You never know what you will walk out with.

The store doesn't just sell pre-loved pieces - end of season stock is also donated and proceeds from sales go into the local community.

Just finding one fresh item can do wonders to update a tired wardrobe.

Danielle recommends if you aren't sure where to start, look at the window displays or ask the shop assistant.

Thirteen-year-old Janaya Ray, who volunteers once a month at the store, has found many pieces that would make her peers envious like the white tunic dress featured in the photo gallery.

As Danielle said op-shop style is not what's in fashion, it's what you are.

Endeavour opening hours: M-F: 9-4.30pm, Sat: 9-noon, Sun: closed

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