VINNIES in Tea Gardens celebrated another milestone last week, moving to a new store in the Myall Quays Shopping Centre.
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The Grand Opening marked months of planning and weeks of hard yacca by the volunteers who keep Vinnies open five and a half days a week.
Team Leader, Carol Austin, told News Of the Area, “The store is a little smaller, but we’ve got a lot more storage room out the back which is great.”
“We’ve had lots of positive comments.”
“It looks more modern and it’s a better set-up,”Carol said.
Vinnies first opened its doors in Tea Gardens in 2007 and since then at least 30 regular volunteers keep the Op Shop open to the public.
Carol Austin, herself a volunteer, has been working at Vinnies for more than two and a half years, but said some of the helpers have been there since day dot.
Despite the smaller floor space, the Op Shop still offers everything from an evening dress, to a cup and saucer, book or bed sheet.
Vinnies is opening from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings from 9am until Midday.
All money raised by Vinnies goes to providing emergency accommodation, food and the basics of life for people in crisis.
So drop in, grab a bargain, and you’ll always get a smile in return.
By Margie TIERNEY