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New Community Op Shop, Ringwood East

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published May 10th 2021
Take the opportunity to visit this op shop

The New Community Op Shop is run by Ringwood New Community Church, which returns all profits to the local community.

What they do.

It's not a wide shop but has depth in both distance and range of merchandise.

op shop interior
The far end.

You can view some of their merchandise before you even enter the shop proper. The entrance is set back with a veranda area between the shop and footpath.

op shop merchandise.
The display before entering.

Clothing is the mainstay of opportunity shops and this one has plenty.

op shop clothing
Part of the clothing range.

With winter almost upon us, there were several racks of winter clothing to help keep out the coldest weather.

winter clothing
For the winter.

To go with your winter outfit, a few boots were on show, as were shoes for your non-outdoor footwear needs.

op shop boots
These boot are made for wearing.

op shop shoes
More footwear.

Little ones are not forgotten with a nice range.

children's clothes.
For the little ones.

Tables and displays of knick-knacks are always interesting to look at and perhaps purchase. I was taken by the three little pigs taking their place among other figurines.

three little pigs
Three little pigs and more.

Another interesting item was a dressed lion. I think it was a lion with a long mane, but the clothing indicated a lioness. Perhaps cross-dressing has come to op shops!

The cross-dressing lion.

Every op shop has a library and the New Community has a good range of old and new titles.

op shop books
The library section.

Op shops are often a mecca for collectors. A large range of glassware was marked as selling for half-price.

Half price glassware.

Also, marked as half price, was a small range of framed prints.

framed prints
Half price framed prints.

Probably not for your next holiday, but three very old and much-travelled suitcases peered down from a high shelf.

old suitcases
Very well traveled.

The one word that would describe all the merchandise on offer, except for the three suitcases, is quality. If you were to wake up in an op shop these days, it may take you a while to realise you were in one! New Community is one of those.

op shop outfits
You could be in a boutique.

Like all op shops, they rely on volunteers to keep the doors open and this would be a good one to offer your volunteer services to work with a very friendly staff.
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Why? It's a great op shop.
When: Mon-Fri. 10.00am - 4.00pm. Sat. 10.00am - 2.00 pm.
Phone: 9876-0222
Where: 66 Railway Parade, Ringwood East.
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