Where did Goodies come from?

We have learned that our new Op Shop is stocked and managed by the Goodies Shop at Clayton Wesley UC, but what is the story behind Goodies?

Goodies has been at Clayton Wesley on Portrush Road Beulah Park since 2002, but before that it was located at 236A The Parade, Norwood (near the Bath Hotel) and run by Goodwill Industries, an enterprise of the Adelaide Central Mission. Then, twenty years ago in 1996, when Goodwill wanted to close the shop it was taken over by the Adelaide East Parish. Formed at the inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, this parish was made up of five congregations, formerly Congregational or Methodist. When it was dissolved in 1999 the Op Shop became a project of the Clayton Wesley Congregation and has been run entirely by volunteers.

The Rev Allan Shephard, who was involved with Goodies from the outset, says: "The mission of Goodies is to provide low cost, quality second-hand clothing and household goods to the community in a friendly and caring atmosphere. It is not about making money. However, due to our volunteer base and the generous donations we receive, we are able to contribute much needed funds back to the community, including outreach programs."

Alongside the retail shop is 'The Shed' where behind the scenes work is done. Sorting of incoming donations is a never ending job. With a wide variety of gifts coming in, not everything can just go into the shop, but everything finds a place eventually. Some goods are donated to other charities, some things go to the UCAF Packing Day for remote communities in the north and west of Australia. Nothing is wasted.

Volunteers from the church and community work three hour shifts. Volunteers Ian and Sue Kellie say, "We are always kept busy, whether it is pricing or selling or just chatting to customers to make them feel welcome.”

The new venue at Scots, "Goodies 2U", will provide an outlet for some of the surplus clothing stock, particularly chosen with students and younger workers in mind. Staff will be drawn from the pool of volunteers at Clayton Wesley. Scots is providing the venue and some start-up funding and profits will be used for outreach projects.

Based on material from 'The Spire' Clayton Wesley UC Community Newsletter

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