I am a Do Care volunteer, which means I visit socially isolated people who don't have the opportunities to get out and about like most of us. I've just been given a new client (J), who is the same age as me, and is disabled, but still able to walk. She told me on my first visit that she loves going to opshops, but hasn't been able to go to any for years. I offered to take her to Savers, and she was delighted.
Today was The Day, so I picked her up about 10.30 and we got to Savers about 10 minutes later. Well! Did J have a ball! I won't disclose how much she spent, but she got a nice pile of clothes, and because I'm a regular donator to Savers, I have a discount card, so J got 15% discount off her purchases, which made her even happier!
I got a modest pile of goodies - four paperbacks between 1.99 and 3.99 each (I think Savers are a bit pricey with their books), and a wild looking skirt for $6.99!
After an hour or so at Savers, we headed down the road for Vinnies, where I found a leather belt for $4 and two ties - the red one was $4 and the blue one $2.
I'd been looking for a belt for ages, and was so pleased to find one that goes around my waist comfortably! The ties were expensive, but beautiful silk, so I suppose they are worth it, but now do you understand why I keep going back to the BSL in Eltham? Ties are all 75 cents each, and books start at 50c and don't go much higher than $2....
I suggested to J that we visit a different op shop once a month, and she thought that was a super idea! Next month I'll take her to the new Salvos store in Watsonia. It's been there a while, but they have doubled the shop size by purchasing the office next door and knocking down the dividing wall!