St Vincent De Paul volunteers Cheryl and Rebecca with donated tea sets
St Vincent De Paul volunteers Cheryl and Rebecca with donated tea sets Liana Walker

The strange re-gifts that keep on giving

VOLUNTEERS at local St Vincent De Paul are reminding residents the best way to re-gift unwanted Christmas presents is to donate them.

So far centre manager Debbie Craven is delighted with the donations they've received.

"We've had some beautiful English china, German china,” she said.

"Beautiful dresses come out of people's closets still with labels on them.”

St Vincent De Paul volunteers Rebecca and Carmel showing off new clothes
St Vincent De Paul volunteers Rebecca and Carmel showing off new clothes Liana Walker

Mrs Craven said some of their donations so far appear to be unwanted Christmas presents.

"We did get some beautiful crystal glasses still in their box which looked like a Christmas present,” she said.

"Some baby clothes which still had some labels on them, so the baby's obviously grown really quickly.”

Along with the regular suspects, she said they have encountered some stranger items.

"We had an enormous My Little Pony,” she said.

"It was nearly a metre tall and blue.

"I seem to remember the people had stuffed it in the donation bin and it was just enormous.”

St Vincent De Paul volunteers Cheryl and Rebecca with unique orange pieces
St Vincent De Paul volunteers Cheryl and Rebecca with unique orange pieces Liana Walker

She said with a lot of new people moving to town, there has been a lot of requests for furniture.

"We've had quite a lot of people come in who would like assistance to move into a new house,” she said.

In previous years Mrs Craven said the shop had been inundated by the generosity of locals.

"We only closed for three days this year because last year we closed for two weeks - which was lovely everyone had a nice holiday,” she said.

"But a couple of volunteers and I, had to come in every day and empty bins and we put everything in the furniture shed (which is the size of a two car garage).

"After two weeks the donations went to within two feet of the ceiling in the shed and out the door like a great big escarpment.

"So we thought this year, we won't let that happen so we only took three days off and we still got heaps of donations.”

Mrs Craven cannot praise the work of the stores volunteers enough.

"The volunteers have just been wonderful, they couldn't work any harder if they tried,” she said.

"It's been very hot, hectic, and busy.”