NAME: McINTYRE CENTRE Riding for Disabled Thrift Shop
ADDRESS: Shop 2, 225 Hawken Dr, St. Lucia
NUMBER: 07 3202 6300
TRADING HOURS: 9.00am – 4:30pm MON – FRI and 9.00am -12:00pm SAT


This Op shop is so new it’s not even listed on their website. It opened its doors in October last year and given it’s close proximity to the Uni they’ve targeted their sale items to that market…plenty of toga sheets on offer and even an O-week rack with all items for just $3 each!

It’s a small shop but you know what they say, it’s all about quality not quantity. There were plenty of classic vintage garments in good condition, loads of labels like Witchery, all the favourite boardgames, terrific bric a brac including two lovely framed pictures of ships (I have an obsession with nautical so I was over the moon) and even inline skates!

All funds go to 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.



Karen retired around the same time the shop opened and a friend of hers asked her to get onboard and she couldn’t say no. Since her first day she hasn’t looked back though.

“I love it. It makes you feel good and at the end of the day you’ve done something worthwhile,” she said.