St Pat’s pop-op

A NEW St Patrick’s op-shop has opened in the heart of Fremantle.

Situated opposite the National Hotel on High Street, the store will sell “good quality saleable clothing and bric-a-brac” as well as miscellaneous items like DVDs and CDs.

All proceeds go towards helping the homeless, including providing access to health and dental clinics, meals and recreation, and a range of housing.

“I love how genuine St Pat’s is and I love how local it is,” says store manager Diana Barnes. “All the profits go back into this area”

“We run a variety of programs and always go that little bit extra.”

St Pat’s CEO Michael Piu says they try to empower the homeless, instead of just using bandaid solutions like rugs and food.

Store volunteers Nadia Donnan and Rain Wickham said they were delighted to help out.

• St Pat’s op-shop manager Diana Barnes (red dress) and shop volunteers, Rain Wickham and Nadia Donnan, in the new High Street store. Photo by Sofia Paul

Retro

“I’ve been a Freo resident my whole life and I love op-shops myself,” Ms Donnan said.

“We have lots of fun and we’re all here for the same reasons.”

Ms Wickham said she enjoyed getting to meet the clients and liked the “retro, kind of grunge, industrial feel” of the shop.

“We always need more volunteers, not just for the store but for the production of stock,” Ms Barnes said.

The store is open 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

by SOFIA PAUL 

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