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Published August 20th 2018
A fancy op shop in Mornington
Salvos opportunity shop in Mornington is one of the biggest and fanciest Salvos Stores I have visited in a long time.
Walking in for the first time last week I was blown away by the large variety of items, including DVDs, games, kids toys, clothing, furniture, gifts, bedding, household knick knacks, ornaments, accessories, retro stuff and so on.
One of the areas I admired most at this store was the cute library set up with couches in the middle for people to sit on while they flick through their books. It looked so cosy and a very clever set up by staff, there was also so many books available for sale at reasonable prices.
Next, I got lost in the very colourful toy section where there were seriously so much toys and stuff for kids. Plush toys, kids books, board games, dolls, action figures and more were for sale.
Other parts of the store I was impressed with was their furniture section. There was a lot of great pieces for sale and the way they had them all displayed was terrific because it looks like a set up for a display home. It made the furniture look more appealing too. They had couches, dining tables, shelving, and more for sale.
There was a vending machine with snacks and drinks available at the front of the store which was unique. We had never seen this at an op shop before. It comes in handy if you're feeling peckish or thirsty before leaving the store.
Staffing volunteers were friendly enough. They had quite a few people working there so there was no shortage of staff if you needed a hand with something. There was minimal waiting at the registers and the lady who served us was very bubbly and smiley which made it a lovely experience.
Overall, I thought the Salvos store was fantastic and the amount of stock they had was unbelievable. The whole store was very tidy and everything looked nicely set up.
The only downside is that the prices were quite high and it almost felt like I was in a proper retail store. We did buy a couple of items which came to $10 but it was very hard to find something that was priced at a true op shop price.
Cheap, new items from the big department stores are problematic for 2 reasons; they exploit workers throughout their manufacturing chains AND they create a 'throw away' mentality in consumers, producing excess in man-made materials destined for landfill imminently. Shopping second hand so often means; recycling items already produced (cutting down waste), better quality items at the same cost as new (but cheaply made) items elsewhere, employment & training opportunities for unemployed people, meaningful engagement in their community for volunteers (& other shoppers alike), profits which support social welfare programs, plus unique items and SO MUCH MORE!! Vote with your wallet, do yourself & the planet a favour and SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST!