Volunteer Debra Southgate fills the new Red Cross store with stock.
Volunteer Debra Southgate fills the new Red Cross store with stock. Leigh Jensen

New image for Red Cross op-shop

WHILE Coffs Harbour has no shortage of opportunity shops, a new Australian Red Cross store – the largest in NSW – will be a welcome addition.

The 400sq m site in Harbour Dr was transformed in five days, with a modest army of volunteers busily tagging 8000 pieces of clothing and setting up the shelves with donated items ready for a steady flow of traffic.

Red Cross area co-ordinator Linda Haanskorf said they had around 175 people through the doors on Saturday.

“It was fantastic to see so many come and select from the huge range of clothing – including men’s, women’s and plus sizes – bric-a-brac, toys and small items of furniture,” Ms Haanskorf said.

“We weren’t sure what to expect so it was good to see the community turn out in full force and show their support.

“We got brilliant feedback and many people didn’t realise we were a recycled clothing shop because of the boutique feel and fresh and professional new image.”

Olivia Cozzolino, Red Cross general manager of merchandise, said this was intentional.

Following a growing trend toward boutique second-hand shopping, the Red Cross is breaking away from the traditional op-shop model by opening a range of redesigned stores across Australia.

“Shoppers are always looking for ways to purchase high-quality goods at reasonable prices,” she said.

“As Australians become more aware of the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling, we are creating an enjoyable retail experience where shoppers can find bargains among current-look clothing and accessories and collectibles,” Ms Cozzolino said.

By shopping with Red Cross, you are supporting programs like providing healthy breakfasts to kids who might otherwise go to school hungry, making a daily phone call to an elderly person living alone and helping people prepare, respond and recover from disasters.

The store is open Monday to Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm.



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