NAME: Windsor Road Baptist Church Thrift Shop and Eternity Boutique
ADDRESS: 16 Windsor Rd Red Hill
TRADING HOURS: 9:30am – 2:30pm Monday – Saturday
With two opshops side by side tucked underneath the chapel, it kind of feels like stumbling on a gold mine when you walk in the doors. The Eternity boutique on the right houses the finer things in life with high fashion flashy garments and a floor to ceiling rack of shoes…any girls fantasy. The thrift store on the left is lower budget but definitely worth perusing for clothing, bric a brac and bags.
New stock comes out every day and on Saturdays they have mini markets, where they bring out new stock especially for that morning. They also do fill a bag for $2 for clothing in the courtyard. At least twice a year they host a rummage sale upstairs in the church where most garments and shoes go for $3.
The two opshops combined turn over $100K a year which supports the Kelvin Grove Chaplain and missionaries all over the world.
Eternity Boutique- Shoes are $5, garments range from $4 to $15.
Thrift store – Clothes, shoes and handbags are $2… cheaper than a cheeseburger!
Joan was one of the founders of the Windsor Road Thriftstore in 1988, which started out as a garage sale that grew into a shop which is now open 6 days a week.
The 85-year-old’s been volunteering there 3 days a week for the last 26 years and she said she can’t get enough of the place.
“I just love being with the people. If I couldn’t come in I’d die,” she said.
It’s not just the social aspects that get her in hook, line and sinker though.
“Well I must admit I’m addicted to the books. I’m not allowed to take any books home, so if I take a book home I usually hide it,” she said.
Helen’s also been at the helm since 1988 and volunteers twice a week.
She loves the staff and customers and of course the retail therapy.
“I shop here. I buy all my clothes here…the dresses I wear to church I got from here because they’re cool and they’re the ones you don’t need to iron,” she said.
She also loves the satisfaction she gets from caring for the community.
“We do kind deals with people who are up against it. Quite often we give them things too,” she said.
Shirley’s been working at the thrift store for 20 years and said the best thing about it is being able to make a difference in people’s lives.
“It’s not just about selling clothes, it’s about joining together with the community,” she said.
The best thing she’s ever sold was a wedding dress.
“They were really thrilled to be able to afford to buy a wedding dress,” she said.
She’s looking for more volunteers like Joan to help with the sorting and hanging of the clothes.
“She’s been volunteering since 1988, 3 days a week and she’s never missed a beat. Joan and her sister Helen are the backbone of this place,” she said.