Op Shops – A World of Opportunity

by | Jul 9, 2020 | At Home Featured

Your local op shop offers far more than a way for you to find a bargain or that one of a kind treasure. These play an integral part in diverting unwanted clothing, furniture, and bric a brac from landfills while at the same time raising money, allowing them to continue to support those worthy projects.

The NZ Salvation Army estimates approximately 16,000 tonnes of waste are saved from landfill per year through their family stores alone.

Here are a couple great op shops in our region you might want to check out.

Lions Shed Cambridge – a real spectacle

What started in the 60s as an annual auction in the town square grew into a shed. The Lions Shed at Cambridge is an op shop like no other! It holds treasures from eras gone by and unexpected finds that will have your home, closet, garden or shed happy that you visited. All proceeds from donations fund worthy projects—one such example is the upgrade of the Cambridge pool: Cambridge Lions Club contributed $100k, much of it raised through The Lions Shed.

The Lions Shed even accepts your old prescription spectacles which presently are tested by an optometrist before going to the Pacific Islands.

They also take some electrical items, which are tested and tagged by certified volunteers before selling.

Hospice Waikato

With their network of Hospice Shops throughout the region, Hospice Waikato provide a number of options for those wanting to reuse.

At Hospice Claudelands they have a couple of very cool initiatives.

Looking for a specific book? The team do ‘a book request’ and will pop your request on their board and keep a look out for it.


The Stella Rack

Stella Neems, who has been a Hospice volunteer for two years, created the Stella Rack. With her eye for what’s cool, Stella chooses from the best donations for the Stella Rack, encouraging young people to buy second-hand clothing. “At first I didn’t think much about the sustainability part of it,” says Stella, “but now that is one of the main reasons I invest my time into Hospice. I think it’s so important to shop second-hand because, at the end of the day, the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world.”

Want to see just how cool things from the op shop can be? Follow hospiceshopwaikato on Instagram.


About the Author

Tash McGill

Tash McGill works as a strategy consultant in tourism, hospitality and digital transformation. She is co-founder of The Feed, President of Food Writers NZ, Chair of the New Zealand Whisky Association.

Related Posts

Roast Pumpkin Pasta

Roast Pumpkin Pasta

Autumn is pumpkin season and we are here for it with this roast pumpkin pasta. If you want to, pick up some chorizo and add this in when sautéing the onions- or keep it meatless, it's up to you! 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh thyme...

Fruit loaf

Fruit loaf

My grandmother used to whip up a loaf of fruit bread in her bread maker every few days. I loved it and still have a soft spot for a fruit loaf. Her secret was some ground cardamom. This loaf is a versatile one! Make it as a loaf for delicious fruit toast, plait it and...

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

I have to confess hot cross buns are my weakness. I can’t wait each year for the Christmas decorations to disappear as it means hot cross buns will start popping up in the supermarket. I know these, often mass-produced versions, are not the best specimens, but they...