NATIONAL OP SHOP WEEK: Branxton staff gets ready to strut their stuff

PARADE: Branxton Anglican Op Shop volunteer Helen Scott will be modelling on Saturday.

PARADE: Branxton Anglican Op Shop volunteer Helen Scott will be modelling on Saturday.

Dubbed the “DJ’s of Branxton” for a good reason – Branxton’s Anglican Parish op shop has become the go-to destination for locals looking for a new outfit. 

Now, the store’s volunteers are getting ready to strut their stuff for the op-shop’s annual fashion parade.

Held as part of National Op Shop Week (August 24 to August 31), the fashion parade was first held in 1998 and had grown bigger and more popular every year.

This year’s show will take place on Saturday and event coordinator Lyn Carter said that it is something the Branxton community is very proud of.

“It has gotten so big in recent years everyone just loves it,” she said.

“It is a great thing to bring the community together and people come from all over.

“This shop has really become a go-to place for people who think of it more as a boutique.

“We are one of the few op shops around that is like this.”

Saturday’s show will feature six of the store’s volunteers modelling four outfits, with each item hand-picked from the racks of the store as well as a shoes and accessories. 

Young ladies from the Branxton Girl Guides will also be modelling junior outfits.

National Op Shop Week is a celebration of the vital role the charity stores play throughout Austra­lia. 

A joint initiative of DoSomething and the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO), the week seeks to boost the stocks and sales of quality clothing and household goods to help the charities raise more funds for their work in the community.

“National Op Shop   Week is timed to coincide with that great annual household task – spring cleaning,” CEO of NAC-RO, Kerryn Caulfield said.  

“It’s so much easier when you know your efforts will be helping others as well as the environment. It is also about recognising the 70,000-plus volunteers who give their time to help keep the op shops running.”

Charity op shops across Australia are holding events during the week designed to encourage people to discover the joys of op shopping, discovering collectables, restyling clothes, remodelling furniture and re-purposing items to give them new life.

Saturday’s fashion parade will kick-off at 2pm at the Branxton community hall with all proceeds going towards the Anglican Parish.

Admission is $10 and includes a lucky door and raffle ticket.

A Devonshire tea will also be served. 

For more information on National Op Shop Week events visit www. nationalopshopweek.org.au.

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