Op ’til you drop

ANIKA MCMAHON

Charity op-shops are calling for support to keep this age-old form of shopping alive. Source: Creative Commons

Charity op-shops are calling for support to keep this age-old form of shopping alive.
Source: Creative Commons

Communities across Australia are clearing out their closets in support for National Op Shop Week 2015.

From the 23-30 August, National Op Shop week is raising awareness of the importance of giving back to local charity op shops.

Event founder  Jon Dee talked openly about his struggles as a youth in London, and how charity op shops helped turn his life around.

“When I was 19 and living in London, I was down to my last 30 pence and I managed to get a job interview that required me to wear a suit.

I didn’t have one, but a local charity op shop kindly lent me one for the interview [and] it helped me to get the job,” Mr Dee said.

Mr Dee is worried about the survival of charity op shops, and stressed the importance of communities supporting their local stores.

“The money raised by charity op shops is spent on helping Australians who need a helping hand.

The reality is that we need more money for the critical services that are funded by the charity op shops,” he said.

This week the Salvos Stores launched ‘The Style Army’ campaign, raising awareness of the forgotten fashion trends hidden among the donated clothes of another generation.

The Style Army is working to reinvent fashion, while helping the environment through recycling clothes.

Passionate op shopper Philli Mason discussed the importance of encouraging a dying trend and her support for National Op Shop Week.

“I think it’s great, you never know what hidden gems are waiting to be found.

I think this event is raising awareness for something going out of fashion, and creating less waste for a generation that is quite materialistic,” Ms Mason said.

To find your local charity op shop click here.

 

 

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