Thanks for the invite to contribute to this blog. I manage the op shop at St Paul's Anglican Church in Station St, Fairfield - and through my life have also been a keen op shopper although managing one has taken some of the excitement out of going elsewhere - I have so much stuff on hand already whenever I want it!
I thought some of you would be interested to read a few things from the other side of the counter. Here's are my top few comments of the day on what it's like from the other side of the counter:
- I swear people cannot read! We have a sign out the front which says "Please do NOT leave donations here please bring them in when the shop is open". Still it would be a rare day when you don't get people leaving a box or two of donations.
- People in Fairfield are generous and have good stuff! We get so much stuff - and so much of it is really good quality stuff, so much so that we don't even put all the good stuff we get out!
- We live in such a consumerist society: we get reminded of it daily in the shop.
- Parties - we keep meaning to start a "party board" and putting up what party people are buying clothes/items for and then getting them to bring in a photo afterwards. It would be the rare week when we don't have several people in for clothes for a party or theme at school.
Those are my comments from the other side of the counter today. I'll write more over time, probably from both sides of the counter! And by the way - do check with me before visiting the shop if you come from a distance as our hours are a bit scatty at the moment!