This is one of the cutest Op Shops along the Bellarine Highway and is worth a visit – but note that it is small but has some good bargains.
It’s been operating for 20+ years and came to fruition with the help of the St Andrews Op Shop who secured the current site.
Now here are some interesting facts: This Op Shop is staffed by over 40 volunteers who work on set rostered days. Now that is a commitment. Many of the volunteers have been working at the Shop since its inception.
Volunteering brings the best in people. They get to know their regulars but also chat to people just passing through. These interactions are priceless and often create ongoing relationships and friendships within the community.
UnitingCare Geelong have six Op Shops that are solely run by volunteers. Each Shop has their own manager or committee of management as well as a whole team of volunteers to make it work.
The stores are located at Ormond Road, Drysdale, Point Lonsdale, Corio, Hamlyn Heights and Highton. Click here for all the location addresses.
The UnitingCare community are as strong as 300 active volunteers work at six UnitingCare Geelong opportunity shops. Their work is tireless and often thankless but their contribution back into the community is priceless.
Big note here: 40% of their income comes from the Op Shops so please support where you can as money goes straight back into community projects and welfare.
OPENING HOURS: 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday
LOCATION: Shop 8, 140 Ormond Road, East Geelong
PHONE: (03) 5221 4068
PARKING: There is plenty of parking in front of the store, parallel parking.
TRANSPORT: Plenty of buses coming in and out of Geelong on their way to Ocean Grove.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access out the front with one step into the store. Wheelchair friendly but would be very tight.
ATM: They take cash only.
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: Please ask staff about toilets. There are a number of fast food places nearby that have toilets.
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Instagram but #unitingcareopshop
DONATIONS: Please deliver donations during business hours if possible.
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