Confessions of an Opshop Volunteer

I’ve been working in an Opshop for the past two years. I won’t be naming it in this blog for privacy reasons, but this one I’m working in is a charity for the animals. That’s the only hint I’m giving.

Here are my confessions and everything I learned from working there

Sometimes we do throw out stuff

Lol. Yes we literally sometimes do. Some things we get can be in disgusting quality so it goes straight to the tip. I don’t know about other places, but the particular shop I’m working in doesn’t want to sell it.

Some things we can’t even legally sell on due to safety laws. New regulations can make some old, rusty items completely obsolete.

Yes we test all the electronics before it goes on the shelf

If you can find an available powerpoint, I guess you could still confirm what we already know.

Thefts…

Yes. Thefts. Literally thefts. We’ve had crap stolen right out of the shop before. It actually happens quite often. Yes. There are some special little darlings out there that will literally STEAL from a CHARITY. In my case they are stealing from animals. There is also an opshop for the Hospice in my town. Chances are these same little darlings steal from that also. Yes, that’s a charity supporting the Hospice that they are knowingly STEALING from, your dying loved ones.

Eww.

The gender gap

Been working there for two years. Never met a male member of staff. In fact I think the entire staff is female at the moment.

There are discounts!

In some shops staff can get discounts. Which is nice when the shop is the only place you can afford clothes.

Closing time

We close at 4.

Not 4.30.

Not 6.00pm.

We. Close. At. 4.

We don’t get payed overtime.

WE DON’T GET PAYED AT ALL!

That’s why its called volunteering. That’s why its called charity.

We choose to work there all afternoon, sometimes all day, for free.

We did not chose to cancel any important part of our lives after exactly four so that we can hold the door open while you plod around for an hour and not buy anything.

Pretty sure that would be called slavery, bro. So umm…pay us?

Seriously, the manager at our shop is almost slamming the door in peoples faces at exactly 4.

I guess if you get locked in the store after 4…whose fault is it, really?

Late donations

Turning up long after hours, or on days we are closed, to dump donations.

Of course it will all just sit there until we actually open. I mean that isn’t news to you right?

Hey guess what…it can get us in trouble!!

And if it’s just sitting there it’s probably going to get stolen before we even get there. So why dump that mess there if its going to get the same result by dumping it all over your own driveway? The only difference is the problems it causes us if we get in trouble for it. And we should not be held responsible for your own laziness. So ‘thanks’ for the donation.

And to get pissy at us when we’re not open massively after hours or on a public holiday. LOL. Pay us?

Expect massive lag at the counter

This is a charity shop. Not a supermarket. We don’t have any of our own stuff at the counter. The plastic bags are all donated. The till and eftpost is probably donated as well. If you by more than one item the price has to be added up. One. By. One. If you’ve decided to buy 50 items, you might as well drive to maccas and come back. We will still be counting. Change has to be basically made up on the spot. If someone is on the shop phone, we basically have no eftpost machine. So if there is one volunteer at the counter, guess how many customers they can serve at a time? I’ll give you a hint. it’s between zero and one.

No blog post today :(

No blog post today since I had no time to write one. But since I promised a blog a week for an entire year, I needed to post something.

So here is a post to make up for it.

Sorry 😦

I should come up with some weird punishment for when I miss a blog post.

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New Journals and updates

I’ve been using school exorcise books as a Bullet Journal and for my notebooks. I decided to make a Travel Journal system for my small notebooks out of one I had already made out of an old book cover.

Recently I decided they all needed new covers.journals-2journals-1

I used scrap newpaper to cover them and stuck them on with double sided tape. I think I will just use glue for covers next time because the tape shows through in the texture after its painted.

If you want to do more posts on journals and anything related please comment bellow.

This years Art Journal

I started a brand new art journal at the start of this year to help me come up with ideas. At the moment I’ve named it Welcome to the Machine because that seems to be the theme I’m thinking of at the moment.

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An Egyptian Goddess figure with an abstract halo. I think this was Elizabeth Taylor when she was Cleopatra. Haven’t seen that film yet.

cats

I think this is going to be a cats page. I think it needs moar cats.

 

Remember this date!

I want to remember this exact moment in time. It is the 2nd of February 2017 as of the writing of this post and right now US citizens are being prevented from returning to their own homes because they were Muslim and they had the audacity to leave the country for travel/visiting family ect. And now they can’t go back to their own home. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them are now officially homeless.

And there are also Muslims who live elsewhere and were going into the US for whatever reasons. They can’t go in now.

I’m not even Muslim. I’m Christian. But I want to remember this exact point in history as the moment it all started. Because something is going to happen. I don’t know what, but I predict it will be negative. There is a rather high possibility of it.

I’m sure those who were around at the time of Nazi Germany will remember something that would have been the start of it all. There is something oddly familiar about it though.

Something interesting is going to happen and I think I will need to be watching the news when it does.

I don’t like making videos an

This year I made a challenge I would be making one video a week for an entire year. It’s been a month and already my videos are being uploaded late. So instead I will be changing the challenge to one blog a week. I have filmed every kind of YT video I could think off with my skillset. Very few have even made it to the editing software, let alone YT itself. But I was always happier with the video description than the actual video.

So I guess I’m better at writing.

I will still use the channel to support this blog and my art. I also have Instagram and a Facebook.

So starting from February: One blog a week for an entire year. And yes this post counts as one blog this week lol.

I don’t like videos anymore

This year I made a challenge I would be making one video a week for an entire year. It’s been a month and already my videos are being uploaded late. So instead I will be changing the challenge to one blog a week. I have filmed every kind of YT video I could think off with my skillset. Very few have even made it to the editing software, let alone YT itself. But I was always happier with the video description than the actual video.
So I guess I’m better at writing.
I will still use the channel to support this blog and my art. I also have Instagram and a Facebook.
So starting from February: One blog a week for an entire year. And yes this post counts as one blog this week lol.

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