Friday, December 9, 2011
My favourite op shop in the whole world: St Vincent de Paul, George Street Dunedin
One thing I love the most about this store, is that I can find some amazing treasures at very reasonable prices. In the last twelve months I have been made acutely aware that not all the people in the store are buying clothes and looking for kitchen ware like I am, many of them are waiting for food parcels. It saddens me that I live in times when so many need an extra hand in terms of food and clothing. It maddens me that some who come in to the store, demand their food parcel as if it is a right, and seem to forget or no know their 'pleases' and 'thank you's.' The ladies that run this store are absolutely delightful, but there are many who work upstairs, washing and ironing the clothes, sorting food and clothing. They are the faces that I do not see. They are people who are giving back to the community, predominantly in their older age. They are volunteering their time to help those who need help.
When I am no longer in full time employment, maybe when I am nearing retirement age (if one still exists) I would love to volunteer at a place like the St Vincent de Paul, to talk to the people, to help people, to find party clothes for excited first year university students, to select some baby clothes for an expectant mother, perhaps to make up a food parcel for a family. The idealist part of me hopes that maybe there won't be such a demand on a charity for providing support that a government should, or could be giving.
Do you have a favourite op shop?? I would love to hear about it!