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Published September 2nd 2013
Cheap at half the price
Like I need another teapot
Have you ever been carried away with the bargain and later realised you purchased something you absolutely don't need? It's a regular pastime for me. Be positive, consider it a donation.
Have a good sift through because you never know what you will find
Aunty B's is a little op shop that supports people with Downs Syndrome and Autism. It's conveniently located in the main street of Diamond Creek opposite Degani's. If you break out in a sweat after power shopping you can relax across the road.
The shop is staffed by regular, tireless volunteers. Pam told me that she was walking past one day and noticed a sign for volunteers. She said she had no experience but a smile. That was about 12 years ago and she still loves it. She loves sifting through and sorting the bargains. She said the customers were generally lovely, friendly and generous. Some say 'Keep the change'.
I'm sure all the volunteers are fabulous but I was lucky to have met Pam. It doesn't take long to realise that Pam would walk a mile on broken glass to help someone.
She was still smiling when told me that she once bought a pair of jeans for her daughter. When she took them home she was told that she had donated the same pair about a month earlier.
A wardrobe essential
Pam says Aunty B's a great place for dress ups. I loved the fur lined hot pink cowgirl hat- surely a wardrobe essential for every girl. Somehow I resisted the cow print slippers but not the parrot teapot, even though I don't drink tea.
The teapot I just had to have!
I am lucky that the netball hadn't finished when I was shopping because sometimes there can be quite a queue.
As my purchases are bundled into the large shopping bag I thank God I wasn't reviewing Swarovskis.