An op shop was opened in Baddaginnie last week in a bid to bring the community together.MONIQUE FREER June 19, 2014 3:17am
A community venture to create a social meeting point for Baddaginnie culminated in the opening of an op shop in the town’s centre on Saturday.
A group of about eight dedicated volunteers established the op shop in the former general store building in a bid to bring the community together.
‘‘A couple of years ago we were looking to open up a community hub and we couldn’t think of any one thing that would be different,’’ volunteer Jan Williams said.
‘‘We’re starting in a very humble fashion and just doing our best.’’
Volunteer Cornelia Selover said since the general store and post office closed about 12 years ago the small district town had lacked a centrepoint.
‘‘In our minds it might lead to something with a heart,’’ she said.
‘‘We all love Baddaginnie and without this shop there’s no real centre, there’s not much here.
‘‘If it develops further it could develop into something as a social space, so kids don’t play in the intersection, which they do now.’’
Although the idea for the op shop was born more than a year ago, its establishment gathered momentum in October. ‘‘There had been a couple of barbecue sales outside with very limited success, so it was decided pretty unanimously to put in more effort and make the op shop,’’ Ms Selover said.
‘‘We dream of a cafe and a more substantial shop — but it’s one step at a time.’’
The former general store has been refurbished to house the shop, and was leased to the community at a very low cost by the owner of the property.
Local communities in the north-east have been generous in their donations, as have residents from as far as Shepparton and Melbourne.
‘‘If people would like to drop things off they’d be so welcome .
Clothing, books, crockery, furniture, kitchen items and bric-a-brac are available for purchase, and all profits are going back to the community.
The Baddaginnie Community Op Shop is located on the corner of Palmerston and High Sts and is open from 9.30
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