Saturday, March 31, 2012

Op Shop Tour, March 31, 2012 **

From Melbourne Town Hall
Sats March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 2012

Reviewed by Joe Calleri

Stars: **

Published in Herald Sun online on April 1, 2012

Op Shop Tour

If your idea of heaven on a stick is to seek elusive pre-loved bargains in Melbourne’s opportunity shops, then this unusual shopping tour is a must do.

Other companies provide shopping tours for bargain hunters, but this tour provides you with an MC, and guest comedians to entertain you on the bus while you travel from op shop to op shop.

MC Jo is lively and engaging for a Saturday morning, regaling you with her rendition of Shirley Bassey’s History Repeating. You will visit five op shops and return to Melbourne Town Hall by 1.30pm.

The particular tour reviewed was attended almost exclusively by women in their twenties and older. This reviewer and three token guys, including bus driver John, completed the numbers.

The actual shopping experience was the least interesting and engaging part of the tour.

At four hours duration, including a stop for morning tea, this tour is an endurance event, so veteran bargain hunters only should sign on. Since most of the guests on the tour reviewed appeared to be serious shoppers, you might also want to bring a pal along for company.

By Joe Calleri

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