NAME: McIntyre Centre Riding for the Disabled Thrift store
ADDRESS: 20 Station Rd Indooroopilly
NUMBER: 07 3202 6300
TRADING HOURS: 9am-4pm Monday – Friday, Saturday 9am-2pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm

THE RUNDOWN

If you’ve got a shoe fetish this op shop is your jam…from vintage leather pumps, to Steve Madden sandals, Nine West green heels, to Converse high tops, to Lady Gaga-like biker boots, their collection has it all! Not to mention the basketful of ballet dancing shoes for $15 a pair on the front counter.

The store receives fresh stock daily. Currently their back room is chockers and they have an overflow area in the shed, which is wall to wall. While I was there I picked up a turtleneck, a pure silk sequin jacket which is so heavy it feels like you’re wearing armour, a plaid shirt and a floral peplum top…not bad for a $37 spend up!

I almost snapped up a beautiful, high neck, lace wedding dress for $45 too, but given I’ve already trotted down the aisle I thought I probably won’t need it anytime soon…fingers crossed!

The best part about shopping here aside from the rock star ‘thrift store customer only parking’ out the back, is that all the money goes to the McIntyre Riding for the Disabled centre out in Pullenvale, where they have 30 horses and provide riding lessons for 170 people with varying disabilities each week. It had humble beginnings in 1964 when June McIntyre and the late Peter McIntyre started the first horse riding program for people with a disability in Australia at their home in Kenmore.

MEET ONE OF THE A-TEAM
untitled-7959Margaret has been volunteering at the Indooroopilly store since it opened two years ago. With a background in women’s fashion and a long career in retail, Margaret has impeccable taste…everything she selects for the shop window goes like hot cakes.

“I’ve sold two dresses from the window today, so I’ve got to replace them,” she said.

She DJs with the extensive CD collection they have on sale for $2 a pop. When she’s there on a Monday, Wednesday and alternating Saturdays you can guarantee you’ll be shopping to 60s and 70s music or some good old classical.

Aside from first dibs on the new stock that comes through, Margaret loves volunteering for a good cause.

“It’s a wonderful thing for the kids with disabilities. When you put them on a horse they feel on top of the world. It gives them self confidence,” she said.