A gap in the Longford community became apparent in March, when the only op-shop in town shut its doors.
It was a popular destination and bought in many visitors to the town, especially on the weekend.
A groundswell of comments highlighted the community’s disappointment in the closure, but it led to an idea.
Fast forward several months and the Longford Rotary Club is looking to fill the gap with its own community op-shop.
Despite COVID-19 reducing the number of international fruit pickers and backpackers in the town who used to frequent the other shop, the Rotarians believe it is still needed more than ever.
Longford Rotary Club president Di Barnett said the proceeds from the shop would be funnelled directly back into community initiatives.
“It will fill a gap in the community by making second-hand clothing and other items available at bargain prices,” she said.
“We will collect and stock a diverse range of products that will interest regular op-shoppers and especially people who find themselves in difficult times.
“A great rule [for donating] is to ask yourself: would you give this item to a friend in need.”
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The proceeds will be used to fund similar initiatives to the club’s previous ones. Including supplying books for children in schools, coffee and cake vouchers for frontline staff such as teachers, medical staff and post office workers during the pandemic and feeding 75 families through a soup kitchen for six weeks.
Already about 20 volunteers have signed up to assist with the shop’s operation but the club is hoping to get some support for the community initiative from the Northern Midlands Council.
The Rotary Community Op-Shop will soon begin collecting donated items, that are clean, undamaged and good quality, at the store front at 10A Marlborough Street.
Clothes, toys, linen, shoes, books and everything in between is wanted for donation except for large furniture or white goods.
The shop will officially open on October 3 and will be run by volunteers and Rotarians each Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 2pm and each Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
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