Story: Second-hand trade

Sorting second-hand clothes, 1931 (1st of 4)

Sorting second-hand clothes, 1931

Early opportunity (‘op’) shops were usually located in places like church halls. These women are sorting out donated second-hand clothes in a large hall in 1931. Most are wearing white coats, probably to protect their own clothes from getting dirty. There is so much clothing that one woman (far left) is sitting on a pile. The woman in the right foreground is a member of the Salvation Army, which is credited with opening the first op shops in Britain in the late 19th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
Reference: 1/2-C-016208; F

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Kerryn Pollock and Bronwyn Labrum, 'Second-hand trade - Charitable and informal trading', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock and Bronwyn Labrum, published 11 Mar 2010