The Rotary Club of Tocumwal has come up with an innovative way of raking in the cash to fund much-needed community projects.
Members opened a second-hand shop in central Tocumwal about 18 months ago, and president Denis Glanville said the response from the community had been ‘‘simply phenomenal’’.
‘‘It gets very busy on Saturdays,’’ he said.
‘‘We even had to find more storage space recently because it’s getting too big.
‘‘I reckon it’s bringing in about $30,000 a year and that flows directly on to community projects like the new information centre.
‘‘We owe a lot to Rotary volunteer Tony Fulton who runs the shop and is always here to help people.
‘‘Essentially, the shop takes donated items and sells them at a very cheap price, but it all adds up very quickly and brings real benefit to the community.
‘‘We started off doing auctions, but the stuff didn’t sell.
‘‘Then one day we put a whole bunch of stuff on sale at the old information centre .
‘‘That’s how we got the idea that if we had a premises where people could come and go as they please, it might work — and it did.
‘‘It works a lot better than trying to sell raffle tickets — I’ll tell you that much.’’
Some of the most interesting items donated to the store include an original Singer sewing machine in excellent condition from the 1920s.
The shop is in Murray St and is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to noon.
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