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Warrigal’s iconic Op Shop that locals know and love was officially re-opened last week by Warrigal’s CEO after it shut its doors in 2020 to protect the volunteers and the local community from COVID-19. 

The Op Shop, located in Warilla, has been operating for over 35 years and has always been run by volunteers, with people travelling far and wide to visit coming from the Southern Highlands, South Coast and throughout the Illawarra.

The Op Shop’s friendly volunteers only adds to the unique shopping experience, guaranteeing more than just retail therapy when you shop there. Not only will you pick yourself up an array of recycled fashion pieces, bric-a-brac, books and even some vintage and modern-day gems at incredibly low prices, but all purchases will help to create better lives for older people.

“All funds raised from the Op Shop are used to purchase personal equipment and other items for some of our oldest locals living at Warrigal who can’t afford to buy those things for themselves. Warrigal is a charity and the shop knows how hard it is for some people who have high needs to make ends meet.” said Mark Sewell, Warrigal CEO.

“Without the regular contribution of these inspiring volunteers, Warrigal simply couldn’t open this shop,” said Mark. “They certainly are an incredible group who have set this shop up and work it every week. They tell me being able to give back is something that fills them with purpose.”

Michelle Chate, Warrigal’s Volunteer Coordinator added: “I am continually humbled by all our volunteers who give freely of their time, and the passion, commitment and energy they each bring to Warrigal.”

Donations of items are greatly appreciated particularly men’s clothing. If you're looking for a new home for your books, bric-a-brac, furniture, clothing and homewares gathering dust on shelves, or you're wanting to make space in your wardrobe for some new threads, please drop in.

Warrigal has implemented health and safety regulations to ensure the volunteers, its customers and the broader community remain COVlD-safe.

Warrigal’s Op Shop is located in George St, Warilla and is open three days per week from 9.30 am until 2 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Contact Michelle Chate on 1800 927 744 if you’re interested in volunteering with Warrigal.


Media Contact: Elsbeth Olalia | Community Relations Manager | M +61 (4) 3665 5808

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