Dis­cover a hid­den trea­sure

Kwinana Courier - - NEWS - Gabrielle Jef­fery

ONE of Rock­ing­ham’s orig­i­nal and long­est-run­ning op-shops has ex­pe­ri­enced a de­cline in pa­tron­age and its vol­un­teers are urg­ing lo­cals to come back.

Start­ing out in the early 1970s, the Unit­ing Church Op Shop re­lo­cated sev­eral times be­fore set­tling in an old bun­ga­low at 169 Parkin Street, op­po­site the IGA su­per­mar­ket.

Vol­un­teer Maureen Skeet said the shop had been strug­gling.

“Peo­ple don’t know we are here, it is some­what tucked away,” she said.

“We are renowned as be­ing the cheap­est in Rock­ing­ham and would love peo­ple to come back.”

Run by vol­un­teers whose ages range from 19 to 95, money raised is re­turned to the Rock­ing­ham com­mu­nity.

“We sup­port Coastal Care Rock­ing­ham, which cares for the home­less and dis­ad­van­taged in our lo­cal com­mu­nity, and lo­cal and na­tional dis­as­ters such as the re­cent farm­ers cri­sis in the eastern states,” she said. “We also sup­port our WA bush­fire ap­peals, plus the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tors, School Chap­laincy Fund, Fron­tier Ser­vices, Christ­mas Bowl and main­tain­ing the lo­cal parish in Waikiki, to name a few.”

The shop of­fers a di­verse range of goods from cloth­ing, books, bric-a-brac, house­hold goods, and even has a li­brary and green­house with lots of cheap plants for sale.

They do ac­cept clean cloth­ing do­na­tions and fur­ni­ture but not mat­tresses.

At the rear of the prop­erty is a men’s shed.

“It is run by male vol­un­teers,” Ms Skeet said.

“We also up­cy­cle goods; my hus­band turned an old wash­ing ma­chine into two fire­boxes for peo­ple to use for out­door fires and we strip metal to re­cy­cle from any un­saleable goods.

“We would like to in­vite the com­mu­nity to sup­port us by vis­it­ing our premises, hav­ing a chat and find­ing a trea­sure.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487117

Vol­un­teers Sharon Ritchens, Mary Pa­ton, Lyn Dyson and Maureen Skeet at the Unit­ing Church Op Shop.

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