November 25th, 2022Daylesford Community Op Shop: Giving back
DAYLESFORD Community Op Shop team
leader Sharon Michels is proud to say that
every cent raised from sales at the Mink
Street shop goes back into the community.
And there’s a lot more going on than just sorting out
donated goods and helping people with their bargain
Sharon, who has been volunteering herself for four
years, says the group does everything from helping out with school fetes and finding
places for those facing homelessness, to giving a helping hand to pensioners, swags for
those living rough and even providing nighties for some of the nursing homes.
“We really do a lot of stuff behind the scenes,” she said. “For example, the other
night I dropped off some heaters for some clients who were cold and had nothing to
keep them warm. I will be dropping off some kitchenware for another client today.”
Sharon said sometimes the shop was just a place for people to pop into for a chat
and a cuppa.
“A lot of people come in for a chat, perhaps they are a bit lonely, or just on their
way past. We are not just a shop, we are like a big family.
“And then we have our regulars who come in every week for a chat and a cuppa
or even a hug, or maybe a cry. Sometimes you just need to see someone in person.”
The op shop has about 15 volunteers and not all are involved in the shopfront or
there during open hours. They might be folding clothes or linen or cleaning goods
ready for sale.
“The most important thing is to take time with our customers – having a laugh
and a chat is equally important. Locals shop here because of the staff and the bargains
while the tourists say it’s the best op shop they have ever been to.
“And it’s the ultimate in recycling. Nothing goes to waste. We even cut the
buttons off clothing that we can’t sell, and have people who collect old metal from us.
“Even when something that is rusty comes in and you think that won’t sell, an
artist will come in and think it is perfect for a project. Rusty old pots, pans and
cutlery make great windchimes.
“And we have a waiting list book, so if we don’t have what you want, you can put
your name down and we will give you a call when we get it in. That’s service.”
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