Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Foundation Charity Store


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The Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association (JESWA) is a charity that was established from the legacy of Judith Eardley, who loved all animals. Created in 2000, it has raised over $2.5 million towards saving both local wildlife and animals in need around the world.

Peter Hannaford started up the incredibly interesting charity shop in Healesville and every dollar is donated to the wildlife projects that they support.

For many years I’ve wandered in and out of this place to check out the eclectic stock that seems to accumulate here. There is no real clear layout apart from the books which there are plentiful – these are well put together into every possible genre. This picture (below) is the west wall of the store.

This picture (below) is the east side. If you’re after something in particular, ask the staff as they have excellent knowledge of what they have in stock.

Although they technically don’t brand themselves as an Op Shop, it is a charity store and they receive plenty of donations from the locals knowing the $’s go to worthy environmental causes. There are two Op Shops within 30 m but they aren’t as big and look more like traditional Op Shops.

It can be a little squeezey weaving in and out the makeshift aisles with stock plonked wherever it can fit. If you take the time to hunt through the piles of junk, you’ll come across some of the more unusual things such as these leather bike pants at $110. Is that expensive? Feels like it but as I say, its not an Op Shop.

Records are bountiful with ones like John Farnham’s Looking Through A Year or on the header of this post, the Sherbert album – at a premium price of $8. The scratches on the vinyl are free.

For those that are into vintage, you can check out these old knitting patterns. The word Clekheaton and Patons are a big part of my childhood when I used to knit alot.

I find the prices here quite expensive considering most items are secondhand and not antiques yet this place is packed with people on the weekends.

But when you know the $’s are spent on worthy places such as the 20 hectares (50 acres) of bushland at Yellingbo to preserve the native bushland and to help the survival of the endangered honeyeater – the price smooths over more easily.

OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm / Sunday 10 am – 4pm

LOCATION: 193 Maroondah Highway Healesville Shop 10 am – 6 pm Monday to Saturday / 11 am – 5 pm Sunday

PHONE: (03) 5962 6399

PARKING: There is one hour parking out the front but it can be a challenge. There is plenty down the side streets.

TRANSPORT: There are good bus connections to Healesville. Check local timetables for buses here.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access out the front of the shop however, aisles are narrow and it would be challenging for a wheel chair but if you’re on crutches, you’d be fine.

ATM: There are two ATM’s within walking distance. Westpac at 215 Maroondah Highway, ANZ at 254 Maroondah Highway and Commonwealth at 262 Maroondah Highway.

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 50 metres east at the traffic light junction.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

On Facebook – Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Foundation

On Instagram – no account but #JudithEardleySaveWildlifeFoundation

Twitter – no account but #JudithEardleySaveWildlifeFoundation

DONATIONS: Please drop off donations during business hours.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of the The Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Foundation. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting

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