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Published September 10th 2019
Not just an op shop; help for the disabled
Collectables op shop has a heart of gold.
Situated in Station Street, five minutes walk from Grand Central shopping centre, Collectables is a boutique op shop with an important difference.
The invention of Yellow Bridge Queensland, the Collectables store operates with the intention of training persons with disability in customer service. Each time you purchase or donate at Collectables you are helping to give an opportunity to a disabled person to work or train. The mens' shed and the group activity space provide training.
Original jewellery by Adit, pop-up business.
If you have an eye for a bargain and a 'heart of gold', this is the store for you. Pre-loved, quality items include glassware, bric-a-brac, retro and rare items. A limited amount of clothing is available. Stock is rotated weekly to keep things interesting.
Popup businesses have arisen from the Collectables project. Staffers have proudly branched out to begin their own small businesses. Original jewellery by Adit and colourful soaps and candles by Jessie Leigh are on the shelves, adding new products to tempt shoppers.
Yellow Bridge began the Collectables social enterprise. Yellow Bridge provides access to housing, disability support and youth and home services to help the disabled person enjoy a more meaningful, independent lifestyle. Additionally, their services open a door to forming relationships.
Aromatic soaps and candles by pop-up business, Jessie Leigh.
There's more shopping across the street from Collectables at The Source, with a wide range of kitchen items.
Small donations in-store are appreciated. If you have large or multiple items to donate, please contact the store on 07 4639 3821 and transportation will be arranged for you.
By visiting Collectables in the city centre, you are doing something practical to help the disabled person on their life journey.
Collectables' charming store front at 2a Station Street, Toowoomba City.