A CHIC emerald cocktail dress, a tan genuine-leather jacket, a hooded sports top, a Myer brand pair of smart pants and a 100% baby alpaca wool scarf ... and the price tag?

Would you believe $3?

One quick stop at the little-known Life Care opportunity shop in Maroochydore and I snagged the bargain of the week, possibly the year.

And with Australia celebrating National Op Shop Week, now is the perfect time to go bargain hunting.

Various op shops across the region are offering specials for the week on top of their already low prices.

The Salvation Army in Maroochydore is running its usual "50% off clothing rack", as well as a special price on all couches.

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The Neighbours Aid op shop next door is also having 50% off all clothing.

But the Life Care op shop, off Sugar Rd, was the place to bag a super bargain.

It offered "fill a bag for $3" and the shelves were full of quality clothing for all sizes.

Manager Marilyn Joubert said the store had been established for 11 years, providing clothing, food and resources to those struggling to pay the bills.

The nondescript sketch of hands holding a small bowl that I found among the pictures frames, however, is what I am hoping will be my ticket to fortune.

The simply sketch has one of those mouldy signed name tags on the back, ascribed to a Bill Bates, and a Bates signature on the front.

Could it be the work of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Bates?

If so, the $1 I paid for it may be worth a great deal more.


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