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Published November 10th 2020
Who can say no to buying a bargain and having fun doing so?
COVID 19 has seen individuals, businesses and community organisations alike having to change their way of doing things in order to remain functional. As a nation, it has highlighted that we are generally resilient and adaptable. I think most of us would also agree that we have learned some valuable lessons from recent hardships including an appreciation of the more simple things such as a walk in nature, a coffee by the bay, and connection to community.
The Redlands Church of Christ in Alexandra Hills is an example of a community organisation making changes in order to better meet the requirements of local residents.
Their Bush Oasis Op Shop recently opened to the public in the grounds behind the main church building in an area which is both surrounded by greenery and is light and airy without the slightest whiff of dust or decay. There is even a small playground for the little people.
The variety of preloved items for sale is wide and growing daily. It includes clothing for adults and children, bric a brac, children's toys and furniture. I was particularly impressed by the display and condition of books, especially these James Patterson titles which were in good enough condition and with a decent print size, making them easily accessible for my 95 year old neighbour.
The op shop is open for business on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 4pm and be prepared to share a laugh with the helpful volunteers who are working hard to make it a fun retail experience for all. If you are extremely lucky, you might even meet shop dog, Holly.
This is early days for this little Bush Oasis and there are plans afoot to extend this venture into a valuable community resource - " a place where you can come and talk, drink coffee, share a laugh, and feel welcome". This is a plan born out of recent difficult times to connect with the local community.
The Bush Oasis Op Shop is located on the corner of Allenby and McMillan Roads, Alexandra Hills. Access is via McMillan Road and you need to follow the flags in order to park near and enter the building.
For regular updates on some of the current items available for purchase, you can follow them on Facebook here. They can also be contacted on 0459 628 502.
How did I guage the value of this new op shop? By going home with more than I donated. That's always a good sign, isn't it?