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The tip shop adopts big shop amenities

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

Katrina Watt sorts some of the popular glassware at Lifeline’s tip shop. A merry band of volunteers has given the store a new lease of life after months of hard work. FULL STORY: PAGE 5 Katrina Watt sorts some of the popular glassware at Lifeline’s tip shop. A merry band of volunteers has given the store a new lease of life after months of hard work. FULL STORY: PAGE 5

By Michael Murphy

Lifeline’s tip shop has taken it up a notch and customers are beginning to respond in numbers.

The shop’s crew - backed by a band of about 20 volunteers - have been sorting items into new “departments” to help customers navigate their way through the big shed next to the weigh station at the local rubbish tip.

Supervisor Katrina Watt said more work would follow but the stock revamp had generated some great feedback and increased traffic through the doors.

“I think most people who come here a lot have noticed there is a nice change,” Katrina said yesterday.

“We will have a way to go but we get a lot of compliments on how the space is looking,” she said.

The volunteers had also started to hit their straps, with each developing a role that suits their interests, she said.

One volunteer has started a plant nursery out the back, and when the plants are ready, they are brought into the shop for sale.

Customers are afforded a quick tour of the nursery if they ask at the front counter.

“I think we are just starting to find our feet, and finding everyone’s strengths,” Katrina said.

She said donations to the shop had also increased, and extended hours on Saturday (from noon to 1pm) have been well received. These hours may be extended further if demand and resources permit.

Some of the items in the top price bracket at the tip shop include a piano and a Japanese tea set, while some of the glassware can attract a good price.

“The white goods are always popular, nick-nacks and lovely art and pictures, they barely hit the shelves,” Katrina said.

“The quirky retro things, you put them down, turn around and they are gone.”

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