Australia has one of the highest numbers of second-hand and opportunity shops (fondly known as op shops) in the world, but did you know that nearly 40% of all items donated have to be thrown out?
If you are planning on having a purge of your wardrobe and donating what you no longer wear to Vinnies, The Salvation Army, Lifeline or any other organisation, there are a few things you need to know to make sure your donation is usable and ends up where you intend it to:
Sometimes when I’m cleaning out my wardrobe, I hit the dilemma of whether to throw out or keep items I am particularly attached to, but may not wear at all. A handy trick I have learnt is to put these uncertain items into a bag and hide them under the bed for a couple of months. If you don’t miss their presence or dive to retrieve them from their hiding spot, you probably don’t need them. So send them to a place where they can be reincarnated and loved again!
Some of my favourite op-shop finds!
When I’m donating after a clean-out, I only give away the things I wouldn’t be embarrassed to give to one of my friends. Op shops are charity organisations that have to pay for the removal and safe disposal of all the illegal and unusable items put into or beside their donation bins, which costs the community and takes away from the cause they exist to assist.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to help in your local community, build your résumé or just meet some new people, volunteering at an op shop is an awesome option! Employers love to see volunteering on a résumé because it shows that you have taken the initiative and chance to learn new skills with people and sales. There is nothing stopping you! Just go into your nearest op shop and ask about volunteering; they’re always looking for more people to help, especially from the younger generation.
Now that you’ve done all that purging, you don’t even need to feel guilty for re-stocking your wardrobe with op-shop bargains! Check out my tips for getting the most bang for your buck at the op-shop.