SPCA New Zealand

SPCA’s latest Op Shop opens in Tirau’s ‘Big Ram’

28 October 2022

Our latest Op Shop is now open and operating out of one of New Zealand’s most iconic buildings.

SPCA’s latest Op Shop opens in Tirau’s ‘Big Ram’

The small Waikato town of Tirau is known for its unique corrugated iron buildings throughout the village.

We’re delighted to announce that our latest Op Shop is now open for business inside the town’s ‘Big Ram’, which sits alongside the ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Sheep Dog’.

SPCA National Op Shop Manager Cathy Crichton says the location is ideal.

“We couldn’t think of a more fitting site for our next Op Shop and we’re thrilled that we could open in one of the buildings that puts Tirau on the map,” Ms Crichton said. “Tirau is such a fabulous spot for locals and tourists, and has a buzzing shopping scene – from outlet stores, to gift shops and of course, op shops, so we’re really excited to be part of this thriving community.”

“It’s even more fitting that we’re basing our new store in belly of the Ram as it aligns with our animal welfare image and our teams that work so hard to care for vulnerable and neglected animals every day.”

Ms Crichton says the Tirau Op Shop is the latest to join more than 60 other stores across the country, after recently opening another in the Taranaki region.

SPCA Op Shops are essential to the organisation, as they bring in vital funds that help us to support and care for the thousands of animals that come through our doors every week. The funds assist communities through veterinary care, food, housing, rehoming advice and general support.

The charity relies on the crucial efforts of thousands of volunteers who give their time at the stores, as well as donations and community support.

“Our volunteers do everything, from sorting through donated clothes, books and household items, to pricing, picking up furniture and assisting customers,” Ms Crichton says.

"Second-hand shopping is on the rise both nationally and globally. With the cost of living going up, along with people putting more thought into sustainability, op-shopping has seen a real revival across New Zealand. Add to that the opportunity to support a charity and it appeals to people's desire to make choices that can make a difference in some way."

Ms Crichton says SPCA is always grateful for any community volunteer support, and expressions of interest can be emailed to tirau.opshop@spca.nz.

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