Volunteering initiative Do Somenthing Near You have announced the official ‘National Op Shop Week’ between the 23rd to the 30th of August – this week!
Op Shop Week is all about giving back to the community, and founder John Dee says there are three good reasons you should give your local op shop:
“We want to get people to donate more to their local charity op shops.”
“We also want to get people to go and shop more at their local op shop and that will help raise money for community programs.”
“And we want to thank the volunteers because there are 70,000 volunteers that help out at charity op shops around Australia but we also need some new ones as well.”
This year’s slogan is ‘Op Till You Drop!” and all Australians are invited to explore their local charity or bric-a-brac store and discover unique items and bargains and donating to one of the 2,100 shops who are participating. You can see the entire list on the official Op Shop Week website. Just type in your postcode and prepare to ‘op till you drop’ in your nearest listed store!
Charity op shops listed at the site include Vinnies, the Salvos, Red Cross, Lifeline, The Smith Family, the RSPCA, Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Animal Welfare League, the Asthma Foundation, Anglicare, MS Australia, Uniting Care, Mission Australia’s Big Heart Op Shops, Youth Off The Streets and many more.
Salvaging items from your local op shop isn’t just fun and a worthy cause, but it’s also great for the environment!
“The start of spring is a great time to clean out your wardrobe and do something positive for those in need. By giving your unused clothes a second life, you also help the environment by keeping them out of landfill,” says Jon Dee.
However it’s important that you donate responsibly. Charity clothing bins and op shop premises are often used as a dumping ground for rubbish, soiled or unusable items. The cost of collection and disposal of this material is a serious financial burden on the charitable institutions, effectively diverting funds from welfare programs into waste disposal costs.
Find out the ‘Do’s’ & ‘Don’ts’ of op-shopping here.
Get behind some famous & influential faces such as Margie Abbott, who is welcomed back as one of the official ambassadors for Op Shop Week 2015. Margie also joins Network TEN newsreader Sandra Sully, and Op Shop Week founder Jon Dee in promoting the great work charity op shops do in our community.
LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW the official National Op Shop Week Facebook page.
Use the @OpShopWeek handle when tweeting or use the hashtags #OpTillYouDrop, #OpShopWeek, or #NationalOpShopWeek.
Share your chic op shop looks or discovered treasures with us on Instagram! We’re also keen to see your upcycling ideas!