Recycling just makes sense
There are so many reasons why reusing, recycling or purchasing secondhand makes sense.
Limiting wastage, helping to look after the environment and saving money are all fantastic reasons on their own, but there is also that sense of pride and feeling of achievement that comes with finding something that meets all your requirements for a fraction of the price, or that is totally unique.
We are very fortunate in the Waitaki district to have many sources of secondhand goods being made available to us for purchase, and for many people, trawling through the various goods being offered is something of a hobby which always has the promise of discovering that special something.
In days gone by, being seen rummaging through secondhand shops was looked down upon by some or an activity reserved for the needy or eccentric, but luckily a change in mindset has seen people from all walks of life embrace the concept and see it for what it really is – a common-sense approach to living a more sustainable life. The Oamaru Charity Shop in the old Oamaru Mail Building with the entrance off the Eden St car park, is a bustling business managed and run by Bonnie McLellan and a team of dedicated volunteers.
The business is a fine example of true recycling at its best – people from the community bring in items they no longer require, someone else purchases them, and the profits go back to the community.
Profits are given to people or groups in the community who apply for funding or help.
Recent donations have been made to North Otago Plunket, Aged Concern, RSA, St Patrick’s Scouts, St John’s Oamaru, Victim Support, the Otago Westpac Rescue Helicopter, and local cubs and keas.
The Oamaru Charity Shop also donates annually to Camp Quality, for children affected by cancer. Bonnie and her team are always accepting new stock and anything from clothes to CDs, household items, furniture and shoes are welcomed. With Bonnie and her volunteers continually sorting, pricing and selling goods, they are constantly amazed by the generosity of the local community.
‘‘We have, however, noticed an influx of people requiring warm winter clothing and blankets, so if anyone has any of these unused, we could certainly make great use of them here,’’ Bonnie said.