Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2015
06 Re-Loved Fashion Salvos $12.25 Salvos $14.25 Vinnies $12 Vinnies $3 A shift towards sustainable fashion and environmental consciousness is seeing a move back to op shops and recycled clothing boutiques. And there are plenty to choose from in the Unley area. Vintage clothes, hipster couture and the consistent demand for af fordable clothing makes op shopping the perfect activity to fill a weekend and you’re sure to grab yourself some bargains. Whether it be work wear, a new dress, accessories or kid’s clothes you can be assured of finding most items on your checklist and for many struggling to make ends meet op shops provide a great service for those wanting to boost their wardrobe on a tight budget. Elaine LeBourn, Area Manager Southern SA for the Salvation Army’s Salvos Stores, says all money raised at its Salvos Stores is directly funding Salvation Army programs. “It’s very impor tant for the community to have a choice of good affordable fashion,” she says. Donations of the latest designer labels, retro, vintage and eighties fashion all combine to make their op shops great places to visit with ladies and men’s shirts, dresses, accessories and furniture their most popular items. “ We always have different stock daily from clothing, accessories, bric-a -brac, casual wear and for bridal par ties,” Ms LeBourn says. Reverend Samuel Chan, Pastoral Administrator of St Augustine's Church’s Aggie's Op Shop says there is a general need for all clothing, but this changes seasonally. “ For example, when we had that sudden cold spell recently, we immediately had a request from a men's shelter for blankets and extra warm clothing,” Reverend Chan says. However, there is always demand for new clothing, particularly menswear. “ We have made a concentrated effort to expand our menswear section,” he says. “It’s a challenge at times to meet demand, for as you will appreciate, men tend to hold on to their clothes forever,” he says. “Donations of quality men's clothing and shoes is therefore extra welcome and it has been great to see men come in regularly now to browse for clothing as well as books, cd's and vinyl.” Women’s fashion is the most sought after. “ Women appear to enjoy browsing and scoring “that little find”, whether it be for work or a job interview or an evening out,” he says. Aggie’s Op Shop is run by 22 volunteers and the money raised from donations enable’s St Augustine’s Church to provide outreach services in support of families, students, homeless people and those at risk. “In of fering a range of clothing and household items at a very low cost, op shops also provide a vital service to those experiencing challenging, financial difficulties,” says Reverend Chan. Op shops, like Aggie’s and the Salvos Stores, are providing a great service to the community and there’s nothing like grabbing a bargain and helping those in need at the same time.
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