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Helping hands wanted: Liz Edgar, left, and Emma Stokes opened the SPCA Op Shop, on Gorge Road, last Thursday

By MATTHEW MCKEW

Vollies are needed to help man Queenstown’s latest op shop where the SPCA’s hoping to raise vital funds for animal rescue work.

Thursday marked the official opening of the new Gorge Road store, where manager Liz Edgar’s enthused by the re-use culture of Queenstown that stops tonnes of textiles and other goods heading to the dump.

She says op shops are no longer the haunt of the elder population, but the chic place to snap up carbon-neutral items, or offload unwanted bits without sending them to landfill.

Edgar’s also calling for those with some spare time to lend a hand running the shop, so the charity can focus all their money on animals and not staff.

Area op shops team leader Emma Stokes says the new store’s part of a growing network which, combined, form the second-biggest stream of revenue for the charity.

She says Gorge Rd was the ideal location, with the Sally Army and Queenstown Hospice stores nearby, allowing people to do what she calls the ‘‘op shop circle’’.

It’s also one site away Remarkables Vets, where the SPCA opened a partnership last year.

Willing volunteers can email queenstownopshop@spca.nz to find out how to get involved.

Those wanting to donate goods can pop in, though they’re not yet ready to accept electrical goods.

matthew.mckew@scene.co.nz