As I’m too lazy to put on a garage sale at the moment, I
thought giving away goods to a charity would be easy. Just drop them off and
away they go to raise money for worthy charities. Too often I just dump them in
the bins of my closest, large op shop. But do I really want to give the
Catholic church more money to protect paedophiles?
Other than the issue of being a non-theist no longer wanting
to support charities that are a front for recruiting for their religion, not
all “op shops” or clothing bins are run by bone fide charities. The ever
for example is a ”for profit”
offshoot of a US based company of the same name. As for some
of the bins with charity-ish sounding names, if you don’t recognise the name
there’s a good chance it’s run by a commercial recycler
. While recycling is a better option
than dumping in landfill, I’m not keen on giving away money just to make
another capitalist richer.
I’ve started with secular op shops in inner city Melbourne,
culled from the Australian Op Shop Listing
. Please let me know what else should be on the list.
Mon to Fri 10.00am to 4.00pm
Some op shops appear to not have religious affiliations until you
dig beneath the surface. The most obvious is the Brotherhood of Saint
Laurence’s up market Hunter Gatherer
stores. But other innocuous fronts are
harder to discern. Storehouse, for example, appears to be secular until you
click their affiliations with “like minded organizations” such as Soar Adventures
, an initiative of the Scripture
Union. Likewise,” Community First” turns out to be the work of the Russian Catholic Church
. Interestingly there is
absolutely no reference to this in the store and just a vague poster in the
window to supporting sick children.
Any more op shops in inner Melbourne you'd like me to add to the list?
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