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  • bigred
    bigred
    Posted on:
    18th Feb 2012 08:18pm

    Last Post 22nd Jan 2014
    Replies     10

    Op shops

    I live in a country town with 6 op shops, they have all got quite expensive, 2 in particular look up ebay and put expensive prices on items that are donated, the same 2 have paid managers and have to reach their monthly budgets, hence high prices. Some of the stuff sits for weeks, isn't it better to have a quick turn over.
    One shop has put up fence to stop weekend donations ( they only want stuff donated in shop hours) they still get heaps of donations and the council collects it all (as it is on the footpath), and it all goes to the tip....
    Out of the 6 op shops only 2 of the 6 keep the money in the town, all the rest goes to head office, I think all moneys collected from op shops should be kept in the town, and help the locals???????????????????


  • Nona
    Nona
    Posted on:
    15th Mar 2012 09:25pm

    Nona says: Hi bigred
    Ideally that is the case, that op-shops revenue has to stay in the town and help the local people. In reality however, there are so many op shops belonging to big charity organisations hence profits are being directed to the head office where management decides how best to spend these funds back to welfare assistance and it may not be the same locality where they operate. To avoid this, some op shops remain small and decides to help only the people in the locality where they get their donations.
    I am surrounded by about 5 op shops where I live and see this happening. Their prices are also very different and some of them have high stock turnover while the small shops stock remain unsold for ages, until they have their specials and drop the prices incredulously.

  • Jeska
    Jeska
    Posted on:
    20th Mar 2012 01:53pm

    Jeska says: i love going op shopping, its like treasure hunting you never know what you'll find.
    i also find the majority of them are over priced but i know of one (out if 32 in town) that has reasonable prices and the nicest volunteers working there.
    in the more expensive shops i find you can get brand new items for the same price they are charging


  • KJ
    KJ
    Posted on:
    21st Mar 2012 05:09pm

    KJ says: I am forever going into op shops and buying things. I think they are brilliant but do think that the money should be kept in the area. We have 5 or 6 here even though it is a very small town and are all reasonably priced. I got an amazing white dress from one for only $6 which I have had for 3 years now. The shoes though I think are over-priced as most of them are painful to wear or broken and priced 20-30 dollars, people don't want to buy shoes that hurt their feet at this price? And I think they are great place to shop for costume parties aswel :)

  • eahgoth
    eahgoth
    Posted on:
    18th Oct 2012 05:35pm

    eahgoth says: i love op shopping its cheap if u live off centrelink money or just cant afford it i love op shops

  • dolphin
    dolphin
    Posted on:
    25th Oct 2012 09:04pm

    dolphin says: I live in Katoomba (NSW) and have 5 op shops in town. One of them has now reinvented itself and is now a proper shop and the prices are quite reasonable, but they sometimes cant compete with big shops eg Kmart.It's really unfair that they put up a fence but surely people can just as easily drop in donations during the week as the weekend?
    There are special vouchers for locals for beds and clothes but you must meet certain requiremnets for them.
    Altogether though we as an area do well with charities up here as we also have family support services and neighbourhood centres which help too.

  • chickclaire
    chickclaire
    Posted on:
    13th Apr 2013 07:24am

    dolphin says: I live in Katoomba (NSW) and have 5 op shops in town. One of them has now reinvented itself and is now a proper shop and the prices are quite reasonable, but they sometimes cant compete with big...

    chickclaire says: I have 2 recommendations for the Neighbourhood Centre in Katoomba, apparently it is a special place. Some time ago when I was looking after a friend I came across a couple of people who suggested women's services through Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre. Some neighbouhood centres specialize in domestic violence and other in counselling. That brings me to the topic of Op Shopping, which I agree is essential in a small NSW town. There are specialized Op Shops for e.g. Salvos where you can find a range of Items. It depends on the cultural make up of the town whether the Op Shop will sell the kinds of things I'm interested in.


  • LizzyC
    LizzyC
    Posted on:
    26th Jun 2013 10:20am

    LizzyC says: Unfortunately op-shopping has become a hobby for the not so needy. In Sydney's Northern Beaches, the "wealthier" the suburb, the higher the prices.
    As for the dumping, it costs charities money to dump the useless donations at the tip, no wonder they have put up a fence.
    I'm just wondering if charities need to change the way they operate, if people on benefits get given first choice on certain days of the week.

  • Eugine
    Eugine
    Posted on:
    23rd Oct 2013 06:04pm

    LizzyC says: Unfortunately op-shopping has become a hobby for the not so needy. In Sydney's Northern Beaches, the "wealthier" the suburb, the higher the prices.
    As for the dumping, it costs charities...

    Eugine says: I thought the idea of Op shops was to make money to help those in need. eg Lifeline so why does it matter who actually buys the items?Perhaps the wealthier the suburb the more expensive the items were new so are still a good buy for quality. Another reason why the goods cannot be left at the store when closed is that people rifle through the goods taking what they want and leaving the rest strewn across the footpath. We have seen this ourselves. With the bins, idiots were pitting rubbish in them making the goods useless.

  • Kessa
    Kessa
    Posted on:
    2nd Jul 2013 07:19pm

    Kessa says: I used to love browsing op shops, looking out for items which I could renovate or alter but find that nowadays it's cheaper to buy new items from dollar shops and alter them. All the op shops near us charge high prices and I wonder how those on tight budgets manage. I have also heard of the workers picking through the donations and keeping the better items for themselves.
    I now shop at the trash & treasure markets at the council dump sites.

  • anie
    anie
    Posted on:
    22nd Jan 2014 12:20pm

    anie says: op shops have to bring a profit Kmart and managers specials are much cheaper I offered unused baby clothes to local Op shop and was told we do not require such junk These clothes were all brands one item alone was still tagged at $65 dollars what do they want

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