Redis­cover joy of op-shop­ping

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

Of­fer­ing cloth­ing, books, bric-a-brac, house­hold goods and a men’s shed on the premises, Rock­ing­ham Unit­ing Church’s Op Shop vol­un­teers are en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to redis­cover the hid­den gems of op-shop­ping.

Nearly 50 years since open­ing, Rock­ing­ham Unit­ing Church’s Op­por­tu­nity Shop is one of the orig­i­nal busi­nesses of its kind in Rock­ing­ham. Although it has re­lo­cated sev­eral times, the shop first opened in a cot­tage on Rock­ing­ham Road in the early 1970s.

Now lo­cated in a house on Parkin Street — op­po­site IGA — vol­un­teers fear the shop is be­ing for­got­ten and are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to visit the premises in search of a bar­gain.

Run by more than 30 vol­un­teers aged from 19 to 95, the shop also raises funds for emer­gency re­lief and fam­ily sup­port and care in Rock­ing­ham.

Op Shop as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Mau­reen Skeet said money raised at the store was put back into the com­mu­nity via sup­port for Coastal Care Rock­ing­ham, which cares for the home­less and dis­ad­van­taged in the com­mu­nity.

She said the shop also sup­ported peo­ple in need as a re­sult of lo­cal and na­tional dis­as­ters as well as bush fire ap­peals, the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor ser­vice, school chap­laincy fund, fron­tier ser­vices and Christ­mas ap­peals.

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

Pic­tures: Chloe Fraser

Rock­ing­ham Op Shop vol­un­teers Linda McMona­gle, Mau­reen Skeet and Elsa Wade.

Rock­ing­ham Op Shop vol­un­teers Mau­reen and Robert Skeet.

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