I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published March 27th 2015
Tidiest Op Shop Ever
I love Op Shops. A few days ago I was thinking about how much soda water I drink and wondering if there was a way to reduce the many plastic bottles that I throw away. I looked on eBay for a Soda Stream, but even second hand they weren't cheap. Then I noticed an old fashioned soda siphon and I thought that might be worth trying ( I am getting to the point .... really.
Sooo.... driving along on the way to Browns Plains Plaza I spot an Asthma Foundation Op Shop. My intuition tells me STOP. So I swerve into the side street to check it out.
The shop is one of those lovely large ones filled to the brim with stock. It's one of those ones that you just know you'll find something. The front of the shop is filled with glassware and clothes and ornaments of all sorts.
As I wandered down the aisles to the back, I was struck by how tidy it is. Tidy piles everywhere. I am in awe of people who can fold linen in neat stacks. I admired the displays aloud and was told by the friendly staff that one of the volunteers does it. I asked if she could come to my house, but they thought I was joking.
Lots and lots and lots of linen - and there's more.
Then right at the back - you know what's going to happen don't you? - right at the back sitting on a shelf is a soda siphon! Did I mention I love Op Shops? So now I have to buy some bulbs and see if it works ( fingers crossed).
The manager of the store is a delightful woman who told me she insists the shop be kept in tip top form. Her belief is that while some people may need to buy second hand, they still should be able to shop with dignity.