Posted by: helen30692411
Posted: 20th Jun 2017
In our town, we have a lot of op shops too. I work on one of these. Yes, the income we take is centralised in a sister city. We have another office who looks after welfare and people who want help paying their electricity bills, and to feed their families, come into these offices and are helped, this finance comes from the sister city who manages the finances. People also are helped with meals, can come into our shop and be given clothing for their families. That is what the shops income is being used for.
Yes, our donations do get excessive especially at holiday times when every family cleans their house out. Its ironic, that we say we want to offer clothing that is clean and in good condition, but some of the items seem to have been stored in a barn, and have never been washed and we are expected to make them presentable. Would open up a lot of peoples eyes if everyone volunteered in an op shop once in a while to understand how they work. We do take everything that is offered, and if we can't use them we donate them to another op shop who can use them. eg. some shops can take electrical items and some can't.
The fence thing is interesting, have never heard of that. Our bins are unable to be fenced so if it doesn't fit, it just gets left.....we have signs on bins that say we can't take mattresses and furniture etc. but no one reads that, and they're left anyway, so we have to dispose of them via skip bins, which are expensive too. Reply