When I was asked to write a few words about the op shop, I wasn’t sure where to begin, as we are more than just an op shop. We are a family for each other and an outreach to the community, with a listening ear for people who are lonely or in need, or would just like to come and have a cuppa. We work by the motto of BLESS, BELONG, BELIEVE, BEHAVE, BECOME. We would like to think that anyone who comes in is a little better off through their St Nic’s experience.
Our committee chose to keep the pricing to a minimum to meet the needs of the community. We support the local schools and families in need, as well as Missions for Seamen. We have an outlet for our excess stock of clothes, soft toys, bags, belts, linen and shoes, which are sent to Perth to Australia Rags. They then send it overseas to third world countries where it is distributed. Any excess clothing is cut up for rags and sent back here to Australia.
We have a fabulous band of volunteers who help run everything smoothly, from sorting out the enormous pile of donations that come through the door, ensuring we are only selling the best quality stock, to keeping the shop spick and span, and providing a welcoming face to everyone. We are very blessed with the quantity and quality of all the donations.
As always we welcome anyone who would like to volunteer their time. We work fortnightly shifts, either from 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to come and join us, we would love to see you! We will train you into the role and there are always at least two people with you for any support.