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7 ways to get by without spending a penny

Rainbow colour post-it notes.

October is Buy Nothing New month, a global movement for collective, conscientious consumption which began in Melbourne. Here are a few ideas for saving your pennies and caring for the planet. Stop making excuses The challenge is to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicines), not to go without. It’s about evaluating consumer choices ...

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Friendship found among the bargains

Community Care Op Sop volunteer, Anne Dodd.

On the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, church op shops are bridging the gap between congregations and the community. Ashley Thompson speaks with volunteers from the Mudgeeraba and Mooloolaba Uniting Church op shops. If you find yourself browsing through the eclectic treasure of Mudgeeraba Uniting Church Community Care Op Shop on a weekday morning around ten, it’s likely you’ll be invited into ...

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Shop guilt-free

Outfit sourced from op shop stores around Australia. Photo by nevereverpayretail.com.au

Years ago you wouldn’t be caught dead in hand-me-down clothes, but today upcycling an old garment is considered both ethically conscious and fashionable. So why isn’t it mainstream? Ashley Thompson explores. Emerging in the early 1900s, “charity shops” or “bazaars” were first set up to give labour opportunities to the disadvantaged and simultaneously fundraise for charities. It wasn’t until the deprivation ...

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