Updated Review from December 2015
Last time I posted about this Op Shop it was in the same locale but has changed a great deal – all for the better. What was once only one shop with another a short distance away that held furniture, it’s all under one roof now and .
Previously identified by locals as “Pandora’s Box” the Rotary Op shop has been in business for over 20 years and under the management of Judith Lightfoot since 2008. Featured in the Herald Sun and other newspapers, this store is doing a roaring trade since expanding into the adjacent building (where the Vet used to be).
Each week the Rotary Op Shop sells around 300kgs of clothes. Judith also mentioned that they sell around 100kgs of clothes to two other agencies who use them for rags overseas. That’s a lot of unwanted clothes not going into landfill and being given a new home.
With business booming, the racks and shelves are often turned over of stock a few times a week which equates to something new for regular visitors. Being open on weekends also attracts day trippers who are out to enjoy all the Warrandyte has to offer – cafes, craft, art, the river – and the Rotary Op Shop.
In 2015, Judith started a food bank where donations from local suppliers are available for those in need. Fresh bread, eggs, fruit and veggies and other seasonal goodies are available for free or for a small donation.
It takes 30+ volunteers to keep this place going but Judith still needs more. ‘We have one woman who comes one day a month, every bit helps.”
Like many Op Shops, the money is invested back into the community. In 2015 they donated over $55,000 to help the needy people in Warrandyte, Donvale & other Victorian organisations.
Judith’s energy and can do attitude has turned this Op Shop from a turnover of $1,000 per week that can be several thousand dollars more on a good week. I asked what the most unusual donation she’s seen. ‘that would be the male mannequin that was cross-legged which was used by a woman who travelled on her own alot. Interestingly enough, the new owner bought it for the same reason.
Books are 50c each – and there are a brilliant collection of well known authors such as Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steele, JK Rowling. Great reading for that holiday. Considering the Op Shop fills five recycled bins a week with paper, cardboard, magazines and books it’s worthwhile picking up some bargains.
OPENING HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Sunday
LOCATION: 4 Yarra Street, behind the Riverview Coffee Shop. It can be tricky to find for the unfamiliar, so keep your eye out for the Rotary Op Shop sign on the street.
PHONE: Judy 0433 220095
PARKING: There is good parking out the front.
TRANSPORT: The 906 from The Pines, the 364 rom Ringwood or the 578/579 from Eltham.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on from car park. One step into shop. Would be challenging for a wheel chair but if you’re on crutches, you’d be fine.
ATM: The nearest a Bendigo Bank ATM at the Bank itself in Yarra Street, just before the Grand Hotel near the pedestrian crossing OR a Commonwealth Bank in Yarra Street at the Gem Shop, near the Grand Hotel OR at the IGA at the Goldfields shopping centre.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Just tie them up outside in the shade and please clean up any mess they make. Be mindful of them in hot weather.
TOILET FACILITIES: Nearest toilets are on Yarra Street near the river, 50m away. Easy to find.
On Facebook – Warrandyte Rotary Op Shop
On Instagram no account but #warrandyterotaryopshop
DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours and place where it is signed.