Spring into your local op shop

Maddington Anglicare op shop staff member Sam Lange and |manager Anna Presser have plenty of bargains in store.
Maddington Anglicare op shop staff member Sam Lange and |manager Anna Presser have plenty of bargains in store.

National Op Shop Week, which ran from August 25 to September 1, encouraged people to donate items to charity op shops and also take some time to shop for a bargain in store.

National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations chief executive Kerryn Caulfield said money raised by op shops helped support the work of community service organisations.

Ms Caulfield said op shops were integral to the fabric of Australian society.

‘Whether it is the volunteers that staff them, the diversity and inexpensive clothes they provide, or the opportunity to participate by donating, Australians love our op shops,’ Ms Caulfield said.

National Op Shop Week founder Jon Dee said giving clothes a second life also helped the environment by keeping them out of landfill.

Australian charity recyclers divert two billion items of clothing from landfill each year through clothing donation bins and in-store donations.