I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Help Charity Shops
Do you ever buy at Op Shops? Think about this:
More people than ever are buying pre-loved clothing. Sometimes the reason is being unable to afford new clothing, but an increasing number of people are looking for vintage, unique or well made clothing at a reasonable price.
Many years ago I saw a lovely orange dress in a window at Paddington but upon inspection discovered it was thin, cheap cotton at $179. Good grief! Down the road at Lifeline I bought a well cut, orange linen dress for $8 that I still wear regularly. Being linen it has simply softened with age. I admit it is beginning to think of fraying at the edges, but I might just rebind the neck.
To cater for this growing market, obviously shops need more stock than ever. Most of us have clothing in our cupboards that we never wear. Sometimes they still have tags. Hands up if that applies to you. Then there's the items that don't quite fit or that look fine but you just don't feel fabulous in them.
The conclusion is obvious. Put your unworn clothing to good use and let someone else enjoy it. This means donations need to be good quality. If you plan to donate stained old linen or t-shirts, put them in a separate bag and label it 'rag'.
Of course other goods are always welcome too - those wine glasses you never use, that strange old vase that someone else might see as retro, books, furniture, baby items, toys (keep all the bits together if you can), shoes in good condition (tie together) wool and crafty bits.
The aim of the third 'National Op Shop Week' [which runs from 24th - 31st August 2014] is to promote a boost in donations to charity shops. This is an initiative of the Do Something charity in partnership with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO).
Most Op Shops contribute funds raised to support community programmes, many of which will disappear without those funds.
How can you help? Go to www.opshopweek.com.au and type in your postcode to find a shop near you. This site also has a list of Do and Don't. Thanks Aldi for sponsoring this. Clean out a cupboard. Spread the word among friends and co workers.
Hello Lynne, thank you so much for this article. I got my wife to read it and she has become inspired. My darling wife is a bower bird and refuses to throw anything away however, she is always happy to give to a worthy cause. We have checked out the Op Shop Week site and have the Forever Organised in our 'favourites'. Things might start to thin out on the ground around here now! Once again, thanks for your insight, regards, Tony