Mouldy goods sent to charity
People leaving goods and mouldy furniture outside the Community Chest and The Op Shop after hours is causing frustration and incurring unnecessary costs for the charitable organisation.
The Op Shop treasurer Paula Greenhill says outside of shop hours people regularly leave unsellable soggy, mouldy mattresses, couches and other goods.
She says the goods aren’tgetting wet by being left outside until the store opens, some furniture has layers of black mould and either people don’t want to discard of it themselves or aren’t checking before it’s donated.
The Op Shop must pay the dumping fee for these goods and although it is a charity, it does not receive a discount.
The dump fee is dependant on weight, , and is about $25.
Greenhill says if people can’t deliver their goods within opening hours, pick ups can be arranged, depending on the group using the op-shop at the time and whether they are willing or able to.
They are in desperate need of council rubbish bags. Due to the amount of broken or un-sellable goods, they can easily fill 25 bags in one week.
The Op Shop is the only fundraising op shop in Matamata directly benefiting the Matamata Community.
Every week, members of a school, church, organisation or club volunteer time and take over the general day-to-day running of the shop for five days. In return they take the weekly profits after the $500 rent.
Greenhill says since April this year the Op-Shop has poured $27,000 into the community. She says most people don’t realise they are a fundraising op-shop.
They recently started advertising on Neighbourly, which is a free Fairfax Media service for notfor-profit organisations.
The Op Shop is one of five opshops in town, and Greenhill says the market is becoming competitive.
Clothing is still a regular donation, but household goods are down.
Greenhill suggests to the group on duty to proactively seek sellable donations through friends and family.
‘‘It’s been consistently dropping. It’s a good cause for the community, it’s a good fundraiser. I want to see all groups succeed.’’
Mouldy goods left at The Op Shop