I was in between Greeting guests for the Walter Taylor Bridge tour when I decided to go for a quick refreshment. As I walked along Lambert Road, I saw a very sorry sight. There lay Upsy Daisy on what I thought was a pile of rubbish including a torn pink garbage bag.
I left her lying there until the end of my next Greet, when I returned to find no one had claimed her. I couldn't just leave her lying there if the much-trumpeted rain were to eventuate. She would have looked a very sorry sight after a downpour, and at the moment, she was in pristine condition. What to do? And then I remembered a nearby shop near Indooroopilly Station whose windows always hold a treasure trove of similarly unwanted objects – the McIntyre Centre Thrift Shop. Here was my excuse to wander inside, and what a treasure trove it proved to be!
First job was to have Upsy Daisy accepted into the fold of unloved toys. The volunteer manager was a little wary at first, but Upsy Daisy is now hanging around awaiting adoption by some deserving fan of In the Night Garden. If you rush in she may still be available. She certainly stood out amongst the other soft bedtime toys.
Having settled her into her new abode, I then took the time to see why this shop is always crowded with bargain hunters. Children are certainly well catered for with many clothes, toys, books and games to choose from.
Buying at thrift shops is a win win win situation. Firstly, you are helping save the planet from wasting its valuable resources, secondly, you are getting a bargain, and thirdly, you are giving someone a hand up. In this instance you are supporting an organisation which brings pleasure and a boost in self-esteem through horse riding to people with a disability. There are also other of their thrift stores at 2963 Moggill Road, Kenmore Central and one at 126E Oxley Station Road, Oxley.