Secondhand stores hiking up their prices has been a topic enraging Aussies as they find used clothes, homewares and knick-knacks at inflated prices.
Due to this, one vintage shopper has shared a warning after finding an item labelled as a "marble pen holder" for $22 which was actually, on closer inspection, a pre-owned "Kmart toilet brush holder" that one can buy new for $15 – brush included.
"Beware when shopping 'vintage'," the woman wrote alongside footage revealing the worn-down Anko sticker at the bottom of the marble accessory.
The awkward find was shared on TikTok much to the amusement of Aussies — some who claim to have the Kmart toilet brush holder themselves.
"As a proud owner of that particular toilet brush holder from Kmart, I can tell you confidently that it was cheaper than $22 when I bought it a month or so ago," one said.
"Haha that’s embarrassing for that shop!" another responded.
A third questioned how sanitary the item is, adding "unhygienic if it’s actually been used to store the brush."
Shoppers heading to Kmart and Target instead of op-shops
Stories of overpriced op-shop finds have been making the rounds with many claiming it's now often cheaper to buy new products from stores like Kmart or Target instead of secondhand.
In March, a Vinnies shop in Sydney's inner west was under fire after a customer spotted a designer T-shirt for $350 (though was later priced at $100 after it was found to be a misprint) prompting backlash from charity shop customers.
"I don’t shop [in Vinnies] anymore. The prices on even Target-branded stuff is higher than at retail," one person said with others agreeing.
In September, a mum of six found a dinner set in her local op-shop that was priced at $250, prompting a similar backlash from frustrated shoppers.
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