Yorke Peninsula hidden gem- charity retail tourism at its best!

I’ve yet to explore Yorke Peninsula. From what I hear, you instantly fall head over heels with the Peninsula as you take in her panoramic sea views and rocky coastline. Plus if you’re a huge seafood fan ( like I am!), this is a great region to explore and tantalise your taste buds.

As in all countryside or coastal towns, there’s no joy like tracking down its favourite local hangout. Sorry it’s not the pub. Meet your local opportunity shop. So why do I spend time searching for the nearest op shop when I should be doing touristy things in a new town? It’s quite simple really, I’m attracted to op shops as they represent the true essence of local culture, community and history. Plus, I love hearing ‘tale as old as time’ narrations from the best storyteller in town- the op shop volunteers!

Which brings me to the next question. Why not include charity retail tourism in travel brochures, travel websites and tourist information centres across South Australia? This is a stunning region. I know I’m bias as I live in Adelaide. Still, these family/church run op shops have so much to offer. Some are small and intimate, others boast a legacy of history span over generations.

Personally, I’ve always been drawn to countryside op shops, as chances are you’ll come across generational items representing shabby chic, countryside wooden items, lace inspired home wares or the humble crochet aprons and linens.

Charity retail tourism could pave way for newly created jobs in the tourism industry. Visitors would flock our towns, scouring one op shop after another. Hotels, cafes and eateries would benefit tremendously. Antique markets, outdoor markets and our steady list of op shops could carve a name and brand for itself.

In London, charity retail and markets are popular amongst the locals and tourists. The famous Portobello Markets (if you’re lucky, you can almost brush shoulders with a celebrity or two) in Notting Hill attracts huge crowds as they linger over antiques, collectables, vintage items and preloved items. I would imagine any seasoned op shopper or antique enthusiast will find this a worthy goldmine! I know I would!

Since most op shops exist to support local and international charity work, the influx of visitors/tourists could contribute additional revenue for these worthy causes and ensure their continuing existence.

I’ve researched and compiled a list of op shops and markets in Yorke Peninsula for you to explore. School’s almost out; pack the kids, the neighbour’s mother in law and your friend’s grand aunt and head out!

1. ADRA Op Shop, 48 Port Road, Kadina- NEW op shop, launched on May 25, 2011. Operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9am-4pm and Fridays at 9am- 1pm.

2. The Community Carer Centre ( The 3 C’s Shop), Maitland: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm Tel: 8832 3112

3. Revamp Op Shop, Moonta

4. Adrossan op shops- Spread across the township

5. Kadina Swap Meet and Show n’ Shine– Annual event, early June. Kadina Showgrounds will feature trash and treasures to car displays. For more info, ring 8821 2848

6. Stansbury Museum Country Bazaar– Annual event, early October.

7. Maitland Art and Craft Fair– Annual event, June. For more info, ring 8832 2174

8. Maitland Markets ( previously the Garage Museum)-  Local arts and craft. Hand crafted wooden toys. Please visit website for more info.

9. Stansbury Seaside Market- Monthly. Bric a brac, homewares, fresh produce, arts.  Ring Kathryn Work on 8852 4577

10. The Rotary Farm Shed Markets– Held every last Saturday of each month at The Farm Shed Museum and Tourism Centre, Kadina. Bric a brac, farmers market, fresh produce, jewellery, train rides and more! Free entry.

Editor’s note: If you’ve come across any op shops or markets during your travels in South Australia, please share them with us in the comment box.

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