Locals are encouraged to bag a bargain at one of our wonderful Op Shops in Parkes to celebrate National Op Shop Week. The initiative celebrates the contributions these stores make to local communities, and raises awareness of the importance of supporting your local ‘oppy’. Neville Barrett, the General Manager of Salvos Stores Australian Eastern Territory, emphasised that despite the stores being part of national organisations, all funds raised from sales stay in the community and support local residents. Items are also distributed to people in need due to a personal crisis or emergency.
Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis as the 2016 Op Shop week Ambassador, encourages people to visit op shops and “reduce the costa living”. But op shopping isn’t just about being thrifty, it is also good for the environment. According to Neville around 50,000 tonnes are diverted from going to landfills each year. “If every Australian bought second hand it would also save billions of litres of water each year,” he said. “The fashion industry is a very thirsty business.” Op Shops also provide important social benefits. The Anglicare Shop staff agree that the best thing about volunteering is being able to provide fellowship to others.
Chris Symonds started working in the Salvos Store 12 months ago and says that it’s a great way to gain new skills. Kim Whiteman decided to help others following an inspirational letter from her grandfather, and has always been drawn to family stores. But you don’t have to volunteer to help. Donate your good quality second-hand items to a local charity and help them help others.
By Raen Fraser