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Second hand revival

BOOM: Tablelands Salvation Army Corps Leader Miriam Newton- Gentle is amazed to see more and more people visiting their family stores across the Tablelands.

SECOND hand stores across the region are seeing a big boom in business with both more people coming through the door and people donating items and clothing.

While stuck at home in isolation many residents have decided to go through their cupboards and give their old loved clothes and items to stores dotted around the Tablelands.

One such store that has seen huge amounts foot traffic through the door and donations is the Salvation Army Family Store in Tolga.

The store takes items from clothing to furniture and has seen an increase in people coming through the door and even though their donations bins aren’t out, they are still receiving a steady influx of donations.

Tablelands Corps Leader Miriam Newton-Gentle is over the moon to see so many people coming out and supporting the Salvation Army, by buying their loved wares.

“It’s been very reassuring seeing that what we do impacts the community and the amount of support that we have gotten,” she said.

“People have told us that they not only miss the doors being open but the volunteers as well.

“We have a great working environment within all of our stores and all of our volunteers are very loved and appreciated.”

Miriam stated that she has seen more than a third of their usual numbers coming through the doors, a staggering figure with COVID-19 still keeping wary people at home.

Volunteers aren’t in shortage either as there have been multiple local community members who wanted to help and decided to volunteer to help run the stores.

Although the Salvation Army bins aren’t out collecting donations they are still accepting donations in store but stress that the donations be small and limited to operating times of the stores.

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