If one million people bought their next item of clothing second hand instead of new, we would save 6 million kg of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere. Our growing environmental consciousness and our desire to ‘marie kondo’ our existence has meant our op shops play an important part in our retail mix. Devonport is quite the op-shop destination and there are treasures galore to be found at the Holy Trinity Op Shop at the back of Devonport’s Arcade, facing to Wynyard street.
The shop is run by volunteers and raises money for charities that work in Devonport and across the globe. It’s a fabulous spot filled with natural light and easy access and for the devoted second-hand hunter, fantastic things can be found.
But in this particular store, there’s more to be gained than new treasures. With such a strong staff of volunteers it’s not uncommon for members of the community to simply stop in, browse, chat, sit and socialise; remembering to take a much-needed minute from increasingly busy lives. The shop operates a policy of inclusivity and all are welcome.
With Christmas on its way, now’s a good time to review our purchasing habits and swap secret santas with second-hand gifts and unused items that can be found aplenty. Now the stigma of second-hand shopping is gone, we can all celebrate our renewed attitudes to material purchases, knowing that items bought at the Op Shop will not only save good products from landfill, but will also put money back into the community.