‘Get thrifty’: Op shop til you drop

Bag a bargain: Merimbula resident Kerryn Wood is opening her garage on Sunday to encourage people to reduce their waste by buying second hand clothes.
Bag a bargain: Merimbula resident Kerryn Wood is opening her garage on Sunday to encourage people to reduce their waste by buying second hand clothes.

A Merimbula resident is calling on the community to fight ‘fast fashion’ and to instead look at reducing clothing waste. 

As part of her push to encourage Sapphire Coast residents to buy second hand clothes, Kerryn Wood will be opening her garage to the public on Sunday to showcase (and sell) all of the incredible outfits she has picked up at Op Shops around the country. 

Ms Wood said people need to know they don’t need to spend big bucks on clothing, nor do they need to buy clothes they know have been made in sweat shops. 

“Far too much fashion ends up in landfills as every year thousands of tons of textiles are thrown away with household waste. Just because you no longer wear an item of clothing doesn’t mean it should be thrown out,” Ms Wood said. 

She will be encouraging people to fill a bag of clothes for only $5 at her house, 1/43 Berrambool Drive. But she also said if people can’t make it to her garage sale they should look to buy their next stylish outfit from one of Merimbula’s many quality op shops. 

This week, from August 27 to September 2, is National Op Shop Week. The week aims to raise awareness of the importance of reducing waste and supporting local op shops which then help local communities. 

The Merimbula Uniting Church op shop at Tura Beach will also be holding a fill a bag sale throughout the week and Salvos and Vinnies will also have some great bargains.