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An opportunity shop is a second hand good store that operates usually to raise money for a charity. They are the best source of almost anything you want in the SCA. Things to keep an eye out for next time you walk past your local op-shop:
- Fabric: Curtain fabric can make some great garb! Old bed sheets can be used to make up prototype garb so you don't waste your new good fabric. Old linen bed sheets make good chemises.
- Cushions!: What everyone in the SCA needs at outdoor events, or for sitting during court.
- Feasting gear: Yes. You can get all your feasting gear from an op-shop. Two pronged forks, goblets, tankards, wooden and ceramic bowls and plates, candle stick holders. And all for under $5! Think of all that 70s stuff that people got rid of. It's all now used in the SCA.
- Accessories: leather shoes, pouches, bags, carved wooden boxes, jewellery, belts...