Discover value at Op Shop
THERE is a world of exquisite trinkets and unique treasures just waiting to be uncovered at the R.E.SERVE Op Shop in Maclean, and the exploration begins as soon as you walk through the door.
Whether you are in search of a fascinating piece of antique jewellery, a second-hand lounge suite to lovingly restore, cut-price fashions, textiles or collectable hand-made ornaments, the R.E.SERVE Op Shop has something for everyone.
Shop administrator Robyn Wood, who has been at the forefront of the business since April 2009, said the Op Shop has proved a popular destination for bargain hunters and shopaholics alike in the Clarence Valley.
Robyn guarantees everyone will be surprised by the quantity of stock available.
"At the R.E.SERVE Op Shop, people can buy anything they want," Robyn said.
"After all, you never know what that something special is until you see it, and there is every chance you will find it in the Op Shop.
"We sell everything from screws and handicrafts to washing machines and large pieces of furniture.
"We have all types of clothing including men's, women's and children's wear, shoes, glassware, linen and electrical items on sale. There is also a library full of books which every reader will enjoy browsing. We also have a child- ren's corner full of puzzles and games for the little ones.
"Everything for sale at the R.E.-SERVE Op Shop has been kindly donated to us by the local community and we also receive a lot of vintage items from deceased estates.
"All of our items of clothing are washed and ironed and each electrical item is tested before going on sale. Furnishings are also wiped and cleaned before they are sold and each piece of cutlery we sell is thoroughly rinsed.
"When you make a purchase from the R.E.SERVE Op Shop in Maclean you are buying quality, pre-loved second-hand treasures."
Should you choose to purchase a pre-loved treasure to brighten up your living quarters, the Op Shop offers a home delivery service to residents within the district of Maclean for a minimal cost.
"Customer satisfaction is very important to everyone at the Op Shop," Robyn said.
"We are happy to deliver any large item of furniture to the buyer's home."
Located inside one of the most beautiful heritage-listed buildings in Maclean, the R.E.SERVE Op Shop is one of the most unique in the Lower Clarence.
Managed by a dedicated, voluntary team of enthusiastic workers, all proceeds from the shop go towards religious education in the Clarence Valley.
"At the op shop, we are all there to serve the Lord. We are doing God's work," Robyn said.
"Every day we are meeting people, constantly giving back to our local community and raising money so Christian education can be continued through the local schools so the word of Jesus can be spread. It's a wonderful feeling and I enjoy every day I spend at the Op Shop.
"I have spent many years working in the retail industry and I love it; I love the customer service, seeing satisfied customers and being in the company of the shoppers.
"I have been in Maclean for 33 years now and you couldn't find a better place to live and work.
"The people are lovely and the Op Shop has been embraced by everyone from the day it opened. We are a true commodity for the community.
"Many people compliment us on the shop's presentation. Customers often tell our voluntary staff, who do a wonderful job running the shop, how amazed they are by what they find in store. We get a lot of positive feedback.
"In recent months business has been excellent, especially in the wake of the financial downturn. We sell great items at very low, affordable prices and I think that is what more people are searching for these days. They want quality for a good price and that is just what they will find when they come into the Op Shop.
"The Op Shop is also a lovely meeting place for friends to catch up and browse through our stock.
"Our staff are very friendly and happy and will make you feel welcome.
"You never know what kind of surprise you will find inside."
The R.E.SERVE Op Shop is located at 10 Wharf St, Maclean. Opening hours are between 9:30am-3:30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday 9am-noon.
Donations made to the Op Shop after hours can be placed in the drop-off box located outside the shop front.
If you have any items of furniture you wish to donate, the R.E.SERVE Op Shop will come to you anywhere within the Lower Clarence for pick-up, or you can drop off within opening hours.
Contact the Op Shop on 0422 705 294 to arrange pick up or delivery times.