PREPARE to fill a bag for few bucks and rummage through some treasure as it's the third annual National Op Shop Week.

Salvation Army store general manager Neville Barrett said there had been a 75% increase in sales for Salvos Stores across the country.

With the rising cost of living now impacting on a large section of the community, people from a diverse range of socio economic backgrounds now shop at Salvos Stores," he said.

All proceeds from Salvos Stores go towards running vital Salvation Army programs which assist the less fortunate.

By shopping at and donating to Salvos Stores the community is also helping the environment by reducing landfill.

National Op Shop Week is a joint initiative of DoSomething! and the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO). The week seeks to raise awareness of the importance of supporting op shops in our community.

NACRO Chief Executive Officer Kerryn Caulfield said National Op Shop Week is an opportunity to celebrate the important and multi-faceted role of op shops in our community: the fundraising to support the vital work of the charities; the volunteers that staff them; the bargain shopping; the social connection they provide to the charities and their contribution to the environment.

"Charity op shops are integral to the fabric of Australian society. We love to know that items we donate will be put to good use and that the proceeds from our purchases go to help others in the community," says Ms Caulfield

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