Op shops boom in gloom

BARGAIN HUNT: The Nowra Vinnies store has seen an upturn in customers due to the economic recession.THE recession might have dealt Australia a glancing blow compared to other countries, but according to two welfare agencies, it’s definitely starting to bite.Neville Barrett, general manager of Salvos stores, said rising energy and food prices were impacting the community. He said there had been an upsurge in seniors shopping at the stores.The upsurge has even caused the Salvos to rethink their range of stock. “To meet this increased demand,” said Barrett, “we are now offering an even wider range of bargain priced items for sale, including essential new household items such as bathroom and cleaning products.”Ann-Jo Kennedy, the coordinator at the Nowra Vinnies store, agreed that it was definitely busier, “It’s quiet today, but we’ve been very busy. Everything’s gone up, but in particular winter clothes.”All sections of society were reflected in the customers visiting the store, she said, but “middle-aged ladies are coming in more and you do get the odd one with young kids and welfare dockets”.It’s not just sales in the store that have been affected by the downturn.Whereas before the Salvos donation bins would be full to over-flowing, they’re now lucky to find two bags in them in the morning.Mr Barrett encouraged members of the public to remember the Salvos and to donate clothes and household goods. “By shopping at and donating to Salvos Stores our customers and donors are also helping the environment by recycling.”Anyone wishing to donate can call 13 SALVOS (137258) to have their donation picked up.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.