Beaudesert Uniting Church has revamped its bookstore to sell clothes

OPPORTUNITY: Shop manager Kelly Laing says the Uniting Church store was much more than just an op shop. Photos: Larraine Sathicq
OPPORTUNITY: Shop manager Kelly Laing says the Uniting Church store was much more than just an op shop. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

THE Uniting Church in William Street has transformed its old book shop into an op shop for bargain hunters.

Reverend David Hawke said the new shop would help fill the gap left after the Vinnies and Salvos op shops closed for business in Beaudesert.

"We have redone the interior and instead of just selling books we now have an emphasis on clothing," he said.

Reverend Hawke said the church had rebranded the space and enlisted trained staff to run the op shop.

"We don't sell furniture but we have a huge range of clothes and accessories as well as men's work clothes.

"It is a genuine op shop with prices around $2 to $3 instead of the $10 or $15 you see at some second-hand shops."

Shop manager Kelly Laing said they had opened for business on Monday, with a substantial number of customers dropping in to see the revamped store.

"We have had a really good response from the community and lots of good feedback from customers already," she said.

"We wanted to provide a service to the community and we are much more than an op shop.

"We to offer people somewhere they can drop in to have a chat and we are hoping to grow, so we will be holding sale days and coffee mornings too."

Beaudesert resident Amber Mullins often drops in to the shop for a chat and some community support.

Beaudesert resident Amber Mullins often drops in to the shop for a chat and some community support.

Beaudesert resident Amber Mullins said she had often visited when the building was a book shop.

Ms Mullins said she had moved to Beaudesert from Victoria with her two-year-old son Loki when she was three months pregnant with her second son, Hamish, who is now eight-months-old. 

"I have no family here and I really miss my grandparents - I call them two or three times a day.

"Coming in here I know I will see a friendly face and this was the first place I felt really welcomed when I moved here.

"I love coming here to chat with the ladies, and they always have helpful advice if I have any worries about my kids."

The Uniting Church op shop is open from 9am weekdays at 50 William Street.