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Aussie Op Shop Donations Down


25 September 2012 at 10:32 am
Staff Reporter
Charity stores need more donations – but billions of dollars of clothes are left unused in Aussie wardrobes, according to the organisers of the inaugural ‘National Op Shop Week’.


Staff Reporter | 25 September 2012 at 10:32 am


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Aussie Op Shop Donations Down
25 September 2012 at 10:32 am

Research shows that donations to op shops are down. 

Charity stores need more donations – but billions of dollars of clothes are left unused in Aussie wardrobes, according to the organisers of the inaugural ‘National Op Shop Week’.

‘National Op Shop Week’ is an initiative of the Do Something! charity and runs from September 24-­30.

Do Something! founder Jon Dee says more and more Australians are turning to charity op shops to buy clothes.

But at the same time, new research shows that donations to charity op shops are going down and it’s leaving many of them running short of clothes and other items.

As well, research by the British Government shows that UK consumers have £30 billion worth of clothes that they haven’t worn for a year hanging in their wardrobes.

“Given that Australians love our clothes shopping as much as the Brits, we potentially have billions of dollars worth of unused clothing that could be donated to charity op shops,” Dee said.

“With spring upon us, Do Something’s campaign is encouraging Australians to spring clean their homes and give good quality clothing to charity Op Shops. To make it easier to donate, 2000 Australian charity stores have been listed on Do Something’s OpShopWeek.com.au website.

“All that people have to do is type in their postcode to find the contact details for their local charity Op Shop.”

Kerryn Caulfield, the CEO of the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations, the peak industry body representing over 2,000 charity op shops around Australia says: “Charity op shops are currently experiencing the lowest stocks on record. When the economy is tight, most people hold onto their possessions, yet demand for charitable assistance increases.”

“We would urge the Australian public to dig deep into their wardrobes and donate good quality clothing and household goods directly to their nearest charity op shops,” Caulfield said.

Supermarket chain ALDI is sponsoring the Do Something and the National Op Shop Week initiative.


           



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2 comments

  • Anonymous Anonymous says:

    We currently run a not for profit op shop and find that it is the household items that move far more quickly than the clothing – glasses, crockery, dishes etc all sell very fast. It seems it may be these items that people dont replace at full retail prices when times are tough but if they can get replacement goods at a very reasonable price then they will buy them.

  • Ann Ann says:

    Too many stories on TV about how either people steal goods left there; or else how the organisations destroy the goods as they are not good enough. Also – I personally have had local organisations turn me away as they had too much, last Christmas.

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