I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published December 12th 2015
With Christmas just around the corner, the burden of shopping and buying gifts for all your loved ones becomes rather real. While you want to shower those you care about in gifts that express meaning, it can be extremely difficult. In world where gift giving becomes difficult as most people simply buy what they need and often buy more than they need through the year, it is time to look at alternate solutions to consumeristic Christmas gifts.
Consider becoming an ethical shopper this Christmas by looking into alternative sources of gifts. Sacred Heart Mission Opportunity Shop on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is a great place to start.
Op Shops have so much potential that are beginning to be realised by shoppers out their. Second hand items might not seem that appealing to some, but there are genuine treasures hiding in these shops.
While you might associate Op Shops with just mothball smelling old clothes, there is a lot more to them than just that. Op Shops are filled with knick knacks, books, decor, and everything imaginable and they are always in better condition than you may think.
Op Shops are also very ethical. Rather than contributing to the consumeristic cycle of cheap labour to pick up a novelty gift from Kmart, Op Shops give you a chance to give a gift as well as give back to society. That's a whole lot of giving this Christmas! Op Shops are always associated with a charity such as the Salvation Army. This means that your gift essentially gives twice - and will also be a lot cheaper than a mainstream store!
Give Op Shops a try this Christmas and see how much better your gift giving experience becomes!