Hidden Op Shops in Brisbane's Southside
Whether you're looking for a bargain or simply to replace a broken household item or to find an out-of-print book to read, thrift shops can satisfy your needs and wants for a small price. Keen opportunity ("op") shoppers who are looking for a less "picked over" inventory might be pleased to know that there are three tiny charity stores within a stone's throw of each other in a small pocket of Sunnybank and Coopers Plains.
Run by volunteers for the benefit of good causes, these three op shops are a bargain hunter's delight.
St David's Neighbourhood Centre Thrift Shop
68 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains
Mon-Fri – 9.00am-2.30pm; Sat – 9.00am-12.00pm
The shop is located in Coopers Plains and easily missed if you don't see the sign near the chainwire gate at St David's Uniting Church. The main sale room is in an annexe next to the church, with an outbuilding as an extra space for more goods. This thrift shop is a little treasure trove of old linen, embroidered and crocheted doilies, knitting and craft supplies, clothing, crockery and glassware, and is currently decked out with ornaments and decorative craft in time for Christmas.
Proceeds of the thrift shop go towards support for the elderly, frail and disabled, programs for parents and carers, a children's playgroup, and get-togethers for people with similar hobbies and interests.
Hearts for Africa Thrift Shop
Shop 3 Banoon Shopping Centre, 58 Troughton Road, Sunnybank
Tue-Fri - 9.00am-4.00pm; Sat – 8.30am-12.00pm
An op shop gem that is set amongst a small strip of shops. It is filled with babywear and toddlers' clothing, toys and books, men's and women's clothing, crockery, a small amount of books and games, costume jewellery, manchester and bric-a-brac.
The proceeds help in programs to address poverty in Tanzania by providing education and up-skilling, promoting sustainable farming, and improving health through clean water, famine relief, agricultural training, and a host of other projects.
Red Cross Shop
Shop 2 & 3, Oasis Shopping Centre, 178 Turton Street, Sunnybank
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri – 9.00am-5.00pm; Wed & Sat – 9.00am-4.00pm
Tucked away in the back of the Oasis Shopping Centre, the Red Cross charity store is not easily noticed. But once you walk past the chemist, the shop signage is quite apparent. With the store being air-conditioned, you can spend part of a hot day leisurely sifting through the racks of secondhand clothing and shoes, vintage jewellery, popular novels, and shelves of kitchen and homewares. Watch out for super discounts on items.
The Red Cross Shop is one of a chain of 33 stores across Queensland. The proceeds go towards helping vulnerable people in the community.
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