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The what, when and why of Op Shopping in Foster

A selection of items donated to Foster's two Op Shops.

AS we move into the cooler months, there will be a few changes to the opening days at both the Garage Sale Outlet (GSO) and The Little Opp Shop. These changes have come about as many of our volunteers migrate north for a dose of warmer weather during those months. 

The effect of the  reduction in volunteer numbers restricts our ability to open.

Just as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are eased, both sites will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during June, July and August. Neither site will open on Fridays during those months. The Little Opp Shop will be open as usual between the hours of 10am and 4pm. However the GSO will be closing at 3pm. 

During September, additional days will be added and these will be conveyed to the community via The Mirror.

The community has continued to donate generously, which has been greatly appreciated. Your donations of saleable goods will always be welcome. Donations will still be accepted at the GSO on both Tuesdays and Thursdays during opening hours. Please don’t leave items when the site is closed as water damage often renders items left in the weather ruined and unsaleable.

A question that is posed regularly is, ‘What donations do you accept?’ 

You can donate the following: bric a brac, records, CD’s, DVD’s, jewellery, kitchen utensils, crockery, glassware, ornaments, books, toys, paintings/prints, haberdashery, linen, sporting goods, camping gear, exercise equipment, gardening tools, small items of furniture and clothing. 

We are NOT able to accept lounge suites, wall units, wardrobes, beds and mattresses, other large furniture items, car seats, bike helmets, printers and white goods.

If you are unsure if an item you have would be suitable please feel free to pop into the GSO (opposite the Fire Station) during opening hours and have a chat with one of our Duty Managers.

When considering the condition of goods to be donated a good line to remember is, ‘If it’s ok to give to a mate, then it’s ok to donate!!’.

From time to time, rubbish has been left at the GSO. The cost of disposing of donations that are not fit for sale comes at a great cost in both the cost to take the rubbish to the Transfer Station as well as considerable volunteer effort and time. Please keep in mind that all proceeds go to Prom Country Aged Care and Linton Court Retirement Village which are two essential services offered in our local community and any cost to dispose of the unsellable items eats into the valuable funds raised.

A special thank you to those community members who kindly took the time to complete the in store  ‘Customer Survey’. The positive feedback and suggestions are  greatly appreciated. 

If you would like to volunteer please contact Di Szwaja, our Volunteer Coordinator on 0417 303 505 or szwaja.di@gmail.com.

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