Good Stuff for people in need
New Farm-based ‘virtual op-shop’ Good Stuff Market is encouraging locals to put their social distancing time to good use by decluttering at home to help raise money for food rescue charity OzHarvest.
The Good Stuff platform connects people’s donated goods with resellers who get market-value for the items, with cash then passed on to not-for-profits.
Good Stuff has partnered with food rescue charity OzHarvest, which has already lost $3 million in funding by cancelling events due to COVID-19.
Good Stuff Market founder Kate Patterson said she had already seen a jump in generosity and kindness from the community.
“It is beautiful to see so many people focusing on the things we have to be grateful for and taking small actions to support their community in this time of extreme social distancing,” Kate said.
“The charity sector is already stepping up to provide extra support to people in unprecedented ways, so we want to help them by urging residents to donate their unwanted quality items that can be re-sold.
“OzHarvest plays such a significant role in rescuing food and re-distributing it to those who need it most; a service that is going to see increased demand and be critical for Australians in need over the coming months.
“We believe Good Stuff Market’s service is more important than ever in this time of social distancing and rising unemployment.
“With physical op-shops closed for now and the charity sector needing more support, donating your ‘Good Stuff’ through our virtual op-shop is one positive way everyone can use their time in lockdown.”
Good Stuff’s re-sale network is made up of small businesses and stay-at-home parents in communities around Australia, with donations also providing income for these families.
“Every transaction that happens on Good Stuff Market brings joy to so many people,” Kate said.
“The donors, buyers, resellers, local community and charity partners all benefit from donating items this way.
“We are calling on even more locals to donate quality items they no longer need, so we can build our network and boost our monetary support for charities.”
Kate Patterson is also working on a ‘viral community library’ to connect neighbours through sharing books while local libraries are closed.
Good Stuff Market’s re-sale processes are all online and extra social distancing precautions are being taken to protect donors, resellers and buyers. They are monitoring the latest advice from authorities on use of postal services and maintaining hygiene of shipped items.