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National Op-Shop Week

Karolina Firman

This week is National Op Shop Week.

Here in Canberra we’re lucky enough to have a wonderful range of op shops in our city from small boutique consignment stores to huge warehouses run by large charities and everything in between. John Dee is the founder of National Op Shop week, an initiative to encourage support of op shops and to showcase the work that they do. This is the fourth year that this initiative has been running, and I was lucky enough to speak to John about what he hopes will come of this week.

Karolina: The theme for this year is for Aussie woman to give their old clothing to op shops as studied suggest that they have an excess. What sort of a result are you hoping for?

John: [Ideally] I’m hoping that woman will go through their cupboards and wardrobes for anything that’s been sitting there for 2 years or more and take it down to a charity op shop.

Why did you decide to support and start this movement?

Basically, looking at the work that charity op shops have being doing on the ground impressed me with the work, and I thought that more publicity needed to be given to charity OP shops and the work that they do. This is the fourth year, and so far its been really fantastic.

Where would you like to see op shops in the future?

Getting even more quality donations, research indicates that there is a lot of clothing sitting in peoples wardrobes and houses doing nothing. That could go to a charity op shop.

If people did want to donate clothes, how would you suggest going about this?

I suggest they go to, search their postcode to find charity op shops in your local area in your community, and donate any clothes or other items you can give.

What are some other options that people have if they don’t have excess clothes to donate?

Easiest thing to do would be to, shop to help raise funds or to volunteer and help out

Some of HerCanberra’s Favourite Op Shops

Vinnies Belconnen

cnr Rae & Purdue Streets, Belconnen
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm

Belconnen Salvos Store
88 Josephson Street, Belconnen
Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 9am to 2.30pm

Vinnies Dickson
1/8 Cape Street, Dickson
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 3pm

Fyshwick Salvos Store
15 Mildura Street, Fyshwick
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday 9.30am to 3pm

Mitchell Salvos
32 Hoskins St, Mitchell
Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 9:30am – 3pm

Vinnies Mitchell
10 Buckland Street, Mitchell
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 3pm

Vinnies Queanbeyan
130 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Sat 9am to 3pm


Karolina Firman

Karolina Firman is a hopeful new journalist trying to find her way. She is due to graduate with a double degree in Journalism/Arts from the University of Canberra. Karolina believes in leaving the world better than in the condition she found it in, like a rental house. More about the Author