Organisers of this week's National Op Shop Week are hoping Australians will spring clean their wardrobes to help out Australia’s charity shops.By Trent Horneman
Once upon a time, they were a place to buy a daggy outfit for a costume party, but there are more to Echuca-Moama’s op shops.
Among the several which operate in Echuca-Moama is the Epicentre Op Shop, which Tanya Warren manages.
Mrs Warren said the acceptance of op shops was increasing.
‘‘The stigma with op shops is disappearing. A lot of that has to do with how the shops are presented,’’ she said.
‘‘There are also people who are pretty particular with what they donate because they want the money to go back into the community.’’
Mrs Warren said clothes were the most often donated item, but her store also accepted a lot of household items, including furniture.
‘‘Blankets and good quality linen is probably the most sought after item, especially during the colder months. In fact they go off the shelf almost as soon as they are put out at times,’’ she said.
Mrs Warren said shop staff found all manner of items during their time, including some eye catching and historically significant pieces.
‘‘Recently we received an ostrich egg centrepiece which was quite unusual,’’ she said.
‘‘The other day we received a spoon which had an inscription, one of the staff researched it and found that it belonged to a soldier who carried it with him during World War I.
‘‘We put it out on the shelf and it was sold the same day,’’ she said.
This week is the second National Op Shop Week, an initiative of the DoSomething! charity in partnership with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations.
Organisers are hoping that Australians will spring clean their wardrobes to help out Australia’s charity shops.
All people have to do is type in their postcode to find the contact details for their local charity stores.
Charity op shops listed at the site include Vinnies, the Salvos, Red Cross, Lifeline, The Smith Family, the RSPCA, Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Animal Welfare League, the Asthma Foundation, Anglicare, MS Australia, Uniting Care, Mission Australia’s Big Heart Op Shops and many more.
National Op Shop Week is the brainchild of Jon Dee, the 2010 Australian of the Year (NSW) and Founder of the DoSomething! charity.
‘‘Making a donation can help op shops from running short of good quality stock and they help charities to make a real difference in our community,’’ he said.
‘‘Australians have billions of dollars worth of good quality unused clothes, so if you haven’t worn them for a year, give your unused shoes and clothes to your local charity op shop. They can really put them to good use.’’
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