Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

'Everyone Deserves Nice Things'; Behind the Scenes of Op Shop

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

'Everyone Deserves Nice Things'; Behind the Scenes of Op Shop

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Byline: Annie Perets

BEHIND the scenes at Victory Care Shop in Maryborough, a team of volunteers is busy preparing stock for sale.

They know there is a lot more to running an op shop than just hanging up donated goods.

Items have to be carefully cleaned until they are almost as good as new.

Today, the op shop, which was opened by Victory Church Maryborough, turns one.

To celebrate the birthday, there will be special discounts and cake.

Alexandra Weber, who runs the shop, said it was opened initially to raise funds to help people in need in the community.

Other initiatives have been developed along the way, including a give-away cart out the front featuring basic everyday essentials and necessity items in store for people in crisis.

It's not just the community but also the volunteers who are reaping the benefits.

Harley Sullivan became a volunteer at Victory Care Shop as part of the Work for the Dole program, but says he enjoys it so much he is going in regularly, even though it's no longer a requirement. …

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