St Mark’s Op Shop is located on the corner of O’Donohue and Gibson Sts. Dromana adjacent to the Dromana Hub Shopping Centre.
It is at the SE end of the church site shown on the map on the Home page.
THE OBJECTIVES of the Op Shop are:
a) To support the ongoing work of the Parish of St Mark’s Dromana.
b) To provide a service to the community with cheap clothes and goods for sale.
c) To be an outreach ministry to the community.
d) To provide support for specific local projects.
Each year 20% of the profits are donated to local organisations. Beneficiaries have included Dromana Primary School, Southern Peninsula Cancer Support, Dromana Life Saving Club, Food for All Inc., Royal District Nursing Service, Dromana Sea Scouts, Dromana Coast Guard, Dromana School Chaplaincies, Habitat for Humanity and St Mark’s Children’s Ministry.
St Mark’s Op Shop has been ‘in business’ since 1989 and has come a long way since its early days when a stall was first set up in the church car park one Saturday morning.
With the success of this, both financial and as a means of recycling good quality used children’s clothing that was unclaimed lost property from a local school, a suggestion was put to the Vestry that a formalised Op Shop with a Constitution be approved. After much discussion the Op Shop opened for business in the hall with goods donated by parishioners.
As the hall was used constantly by the church for Sunday School etc., the shop needed to be ‘portable’, so at the end of trading on Saturdays all the goods were moved into a side room.
Eventually the hall was used less and less and became a permanent Op Shop – as it is today with more than 40 volunteers from both St Mark’s church and the community being rostered for duty. New volunteers are always welcome.