Opportunity knocks for thrifty shoppers

HUNDREDS of savvy shoppers bagged a bargain on 1 October when local charity retailers came together for the second annual Southern Tasmanian Op Shop Collective event.

Part of National Op Shop Week, the market-style event featured stalls from nine local charities and is designed to provide a unique shopping opportunity for customers, raise awareness of the benefits of op shopping, and celebrate the work of charities in the community.

City Mission Op Shops, Salvos Stores, Lifeline Tasmania, St Vincent Industries, Resource Work Cooperative at South Hobart Tip Shop, The Jesse Tree, Aurora Disabilities, Re-Up and the Rotary Club of Moonah all brought along the best clothing, shoes, accessories and bric-a-brac from their stores and set up stalls for shoppers to pick through.

Senior Manager of Social Enterprise at Hobart City Mission, Verity Davis, said the success of the event demonstrates the appetite for second hand shopping in the community.

“We’re seeing more and more people turning to op shops for their fashion and homeware needs,” Verity said.
“Not only do op shops provide sustainable clothing items, they also raise money for some really important programs in our community provided by a range of different charities.

“This event is a great way for us to come together as a unified charity-retail sector in Southern Tasmania to advocate, celebrate and thank the customers and community that surround our stores.”

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