Toronto NSW Op Shop Guide

I discovered the Toronto op shops at the start of the new millennium when we moved to Lake Macquarie. It was hard to resist the hop, skip and jump away between each shop by foot, a beautiful waterfront park with playground at the end of the street, and a designated swimming area on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

Back then with young children, Toronto op shops quickly became my favourite op shopping area. My kids have grown, yet they still remember this experience.

(Main Image Photo Credit: Tara Thomas)

Toronto Op Shop & Preloved Self-Guided Trail

There is one preloved fashion shop and five op shops in Toronto, and all were enthusiastic uptakers of an op shop panel discussion. This learned information is now shared with attendees at my guided op shop & preloved trails in the area.

I’ve included a summary of what each op shop offers, however have excluded the opening days and hours, as this varies with volunteer availability. Please check each op shop’s contact link in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Op Shops in Toronto

The Salvation Army (Toronto)

Westlakes Salvation Army Family Op Shop Toronto - Toronto NSW Op Shop Guide by French for Tuesday

Stocks an extensive range of homewares, appliances, books, furniture, fashion for everyone and a range of miscellaneous items.

Undercover donation drop off area is in the driveway to the above-shop carpark. Local pick up and delivery is available. All donations are sorted on site and monies raised support the local Toronto community.

67-73 The Boulevarde, Toronto NSW 2283

Phone: (02) 4950 4951

Salvation Army Op Shop

Lifeline (Toronto)

Lifeline Toronto NSW Op Shop

Photo Credit: Lifeline_Toronto Insta

A light-filled large space with clothing for everyone, manchester, accessories, books and a selection of homewares. Now open 7 days a week. Donations accepted.

34 The Boulevarde, Toronto NSW 2283

Instagram: /lifeline_toronto includes the opening hours in the bio

Phone: (02) 4959 3400

Lifeline Op Shop Toronto

Save the Children (Toronto)

Save the Children Op Shop Toronto - Toronto NSW Op Shop Guide by French for Tuesday

A jam packed shop filled with a range of preloved clothing, shoes and accessories for everyone. Also has a large and ongoing range of excess brand-new stock selling at less-than-new prices.

Partners with Upparel for textile recycling.

Shop 2/49A The Boulevarde, Toronto NSW

Phone: (02) 4950 5099

About Save the Children

Vinnies (Toronto)

Vinnies Op Shop Toronto - Toronto NSW Op Shop Guide by French for Tuesday

A simple shop layout, with racks/ shelves lining both sides of the shop and a centre rack. Easy to view end of shop from the main door.

There’s clothing for everyone, with a small amount of homewares, shoes, books and accessories.

80 The Boulevarde, Toronto NSW 2283

Phone: (02) 4959 6011

Vinnies Op Shop Toronto

Allira House (Toronto)

Allira House Op Shop Toronto - Toronto NSW Op Shop Guide by French for Tuesday

Allira House supports woman and children escaping domestic violence. The sales of donated goods go directly to the refuges. Allira House also provides education programs for the homeless.

Set in a house-style environment, the spaces are filled with clothing for everyone, manchester, accessories, books and a small amount of homewares.

Corner The Boulevarde and Cary Street, Toronto NSW 2283

Allira House Op Shop Toronto

Toronto NSW Op Shop Map

The map below shows the (approximate) locations of the Toronto op shops.

Op shopping is just one way to source second hand, preloved clothing and homewares, reducing our need to buy brand new. So much stuff is already in circulation, and op shops are our suburban shopping precinct gateway to exploring what’s available.

My saying – “You never know what you’ll find at an op shop” rings true every time you visit an op shop.

Helping you to op shop mindfully, read my hot tips for op shopping, in addition to reading up on the five guiding principles for op shopping. If you’d like an op shop or preloved guided trail in your area, please get in touch so we can discuss options.

Transport Options to Toronto

Toronto is located on the western side of Lake Macquarie and is accessible by car, boat, train & bus.


Catch the train from Sydney or Newcastle to Fassifern Station, then hop on the connecting train bus (at no additional cost) that will take you to Toronto main centre.

Check Transport NSW for details…


Catch the yellow Toronto bus from the Warners Bay interchange. Opal cards are accepted.

Check Transport NSW for details…


Enjoy a beautiful boat ride on the lake – moor at the public jetty whilst you explore the range of second hand shops in the area.

View the Boating Map of Lake Macquarie


From the F1 Freeway (aka M1 from Sydney, Central Coast, Maitland, the Hunter Valley and north of Newcastle) – take the Toronto exit. The road takes you straight into The Boulevarde, Toronto.

Toronto is road-accessible from the north, south and west of Lake Macquarie.

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