Our parish Op Shop has been operating since 1976, from various locations at or near St Eanswythe’s.
In 2016 the Op Shop moved into a beautiful, light-filled new building on the St Eanswythe’s site. This was constructed from the generous bequest of Linda Court, a long-term parishioner at St Eanswythe’s.
The Op Shop is staffed by volunteers from our parish and other local churches, and from the wider community. The proceeds from the shop enable us to give generous support to various needs both locally and further afield. In 2021 a total of $20,000 was distributed, supporting:
- Anglicare Victoria
- Latitude Youth Services, Altona
- Laverton Community Integrated Services
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Footscray
- Homelessness support in Altona (through Salvation Army Hobsons Bay)
- Anglican Board of Mission – Reconciliation program in Australia
- Anglican Overseas Aid
The Op Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am-2:30pm [closed public holidays]. New volunteers are welcome – do drop in and have a chat if you are interested. (Volunteers will need to have a current Working With Children check and police check.)
If you have items to donate to the shop, we ask you to bring them during opening hours, or call 9398 1005 to make alternative arrangements – PLEASE do not leave items unattended outside the shop. Please be mind-full of the fact that our shop is small in size and there is limited space for storage of excess goods. Therefore gradual delivery of goods over time during opening hours would be most appreciative.
We will gladly accept the following items:
- All women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes, bags, travel bags and cases.
- All manchester – sheets, quilt covers, towels, table cloths, blankets, clean polyester filled quilts and pillows, net curtains, doilies, etc.
- Jewellery including costume jewellery and broken pieces of jewellery and beads.
- Books: NOVELS ONLY [must be in good readable condition], knitting books and craft magazines.
- Jigsaw puzzles and games.
- DVD’s, CD’s and records.
- Clean soft toys, dolls and knitted toys. Hard material toys need to be without small pieces [child safety concerns].
- Wool, material and craft items.
- Pet items and old towels and blankets.
Sadly, we cannot accept the following items:
- Feather filled pillows or quilts [health regulation].
- Heavy curtains or drapes or large size blinds.
- Furniture – nursery tables, cots, prams, car seats, baby carriers etc.
- Tables, book shelves, chairs, desks, garden seats etc, [St. Vincent de Paul in Altona North may accept these].
- Life style books, eg: yoga, exercise or mother craft books, no cook books, no educational books or magazines.
- Electrical items of any type, new or otherwise [these may be given to Salvos or Vinnies].
- Computer equipment of any type [these may be given to men’s shed].
- Children’s hard plastic or other material toys [child safety concerns].
- Bikes – adult or children.
- Skate boards or scooters [safety concerns with these items].
- Cricket bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, baseball bats hiking poles or skiing poles [these are deemed as weapons].
- Kitchen carving knives or any large knives [again deemed as weapons].
Thank you for your support and understanding.