Op shop looks tip top

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

STARICK are ready to lend a hand to women and chil­dren in need thanks to their newly re­fur­bished op shop.

The Cloverdale store has had a facelift in­side, with the Fresh Start sec­ond­hand shop look­ing brighter and bet­ter than ever.

Starick as­sists women and chil­dren af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and chief ex­ec­u­tive Leanne Bar­ron said the new shop will both raise money and pro­vide more cloth­ing to help peo­ple in cri­sis.

“We raise a lit­tle bit of money for the ser­vice through the sale of items here, and also women in the refuges who’ve left with noth­ing can come here and get items that have been do­nated,” she said.

“We’re a ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity as well, be­cause we’re a very cheap op shop. This is where we process a lot of do­na­tions, some go to the refuges, some stay here de­pend­ing on what the refuges need.”

“It’s hard, but a lot of women and chil­dren do leave with noth­ing, and we have a good stock of chil­dren’s clothes here. It’s so they have clean clothes they can change in to. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence. And I guess for chil­dren as well, you can imag­ine there’s a lot of dis­rup­tion, leav­ing with noth­ing, they’ve left toys be­hind, favourite things. We usu­ally make sure we’ve got a col­lec­tion of toys at the refuges, of­ten when chil­dren come there’s a lit­tle teddy on the bed or some­thing like that.”

“We had sup­port from Bun­nings and also the City of Bel­mont to re­fur­bish the shop,” Ms Bar­ron said.

“The op shop was look­ing a bit tired, and ev­ery­thing’s look­ing fresh. There’s more space, and peo­ple can see what we’ve got.”

The Fresh Start op shop is open from 10am to 3pm, Mon­day to Fri­day and is at 9 Love Street, Cloverdale.

Fresh Start’s Nathan Arnold, Mea­gan Stan­ley and Starick chief ex­ec­u­tive Leanne Bar­ron.

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