OPEN: The friendly volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Rosewood charity centre were blessed on Thursday morning.
OPEN: The friendly volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Rosewood charity centre were blessed on Thursday morning. David Nielsen

Town's $400k op-shop changes 'musty second-hand' stereotype

POLISHED timber floors, bright lighting and colourful clothing at St Vincent de Paul's Rosewood site is shifting the "dark, old and musty" stereotype of second-hand stores.

That is the view of the charity's Ipswich president Terri O'Callaghan.

Ms O'Callaghan joined guests and the community at a blessing for the refurbished and renovated 'charity centre' in Rosewood.

Volunteers at the op-shop were blessed and thanked for their work since the new op-shop began trading in July last year.

The store, which cost about $400,000 to renovate, is a new premises in the country town for St Vincent de Paul.

"This event is really to thank them, to acknowledge the work they do - and to ask for the blessings of God," Ms O'Callaghan said.

She said the Rosewood community appreciated how the old farmer's hall had been transformed.

"It was a lot of funds but it means we then don't have rent and those sorts of things because we own this building," she said.

"That means the prices can be as low as possible."

A pleasant shopping experience was also a driver behind the purchase.

"When I was a kid I never used to like going into second-hand stores because they smelt a bit weird," Ms O'Callaghan said.

"Dark, old and musty."

She said the new shop would provide a community service in Rosewood and outside, with surplus funds used to give assistance to families in need.

St Vincent de Paul Queensland CEO Peter Maher visited the site for the blessing.

"We had been looking at this building for a while, and when I saw it, I said we just have to have it," he said.

"It now looks absolutely terrific and that's a real credit to everyone that has been involved."

Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke described the boutique op-shop as the "Myer of Vinnies".



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