Olivia Penner-Wilson is onto op shop rip-offs. Photo: Blainey Woodham
Olivia Penner-Wilson is onto op shop rip-offs. Photo: Blainey Woodham

Op-shoppers warn of charity shop rort

SEASONED Tweed op-shoppers are warning residents to beware of price hikes and rip offs, claiming some thrift stores are trying to cash in on the popularity of second-hand shopping.

Shoppers say excessive price tags can be found on many basic items that were once cheap.

Kingscliff labourer Michael Howlozcak is a self-professed "op-shop-aholic" and says that he's given up on local second-hand stores.

"I've been op-shopping for furniture, jackets and strange kitchen knick knacks since I was 15 - in any place I went to, from Townsville to Newtown," the 26-year-old said.

"I went to Tweed Salvos the other day for a lamp and I was horrified! It was $35 dollars… it was a pretty good looking lamp, I could've snatched it up, but I had to get one from Big W instead for $15 bucks.

"A used t-shirt from ADRA was ten bucks - you can get two new ones at Target for the same price."

But Salvo's general manager Neville Barrett said that Tweed and Murwillumbah stores were affordable.

"Normally complaints about pricing are from those not in genuine need," Mr Barrett said.

He added that incorrect tagging can also occur.

"We rely on volunteers to price items and occasionally things do slip through."

Waitress Olivia Penner-Wilson, 24, from Pottsville is a fan of unique jewels and vintage fashion, and says the best op shop on the Tweed is at the Pottsville Beach Community Centre.

"It's a little op shop that's been around forever. They don't mark most of their stuff and will give you a fair price when you ask for one," she said.

 

Rip-offs

Second-hand desk lamp, Tweed Salvos: $35. A similar new lamp, Big W: $15 T-shirt, Tweed ADRA: $10, Kmart: $6.

Tea pot, Murwillumbah Salvos: $65, Heart of the Home, Kingscliff: $30.

 

Fakes to watch out for in second-hand stores:

Frequently counterfeit brands such as Ralph Lauren and Gucci

Replicas of antique furniture and crockery

Items tagged limited edition or rare

Expensive jewellery

Unrated sunglasses



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