Op-shops opening longer

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With an increasing supply of donated goods and longer summer days not far away, the St Vincent de Paul shops in George St and King Edward St have extended their hours.
‘ The main thing is to be available for the people. A lot of people just drop in to have a chat and be social
. . . ‘
Centre and pastoral coordinator Sarah Strang said customers were often waiting at the door when the shops opened.
‘‘With the Salvation Army closing down the road [in King Edward St] there are a few more people looking around for bargains. We’ve definitely seen an increase in goods donated as well.’’
Proceeds from the two shops were used to support the organisation’s drop-in food bank, run from the George St shop, supporting local families in need and a budget advice service, she said.
The shops were manned by volunteers during the day.
Long-time volunteer Br Graeme Donaldson said he did it for something to do and to help the community.
‘‘The main thing is to be available for the people. A lot of people just drop in to have a chat and be social. That’s all part of it and it’s encouraged,’’ he said. – The new hours for the St Vincent de Paul shop at 233 King Edward St are: Monday, 10am-4pm; and Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. – The new hours for the St Vincent de Paul shop at 452 George St are: Monday, 9am to 4pm; Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm; and Saturday, 11am to 3pm.