Op-Shop Finds New Home in Maroubra After Temporarily Operating as a Pop-up Store

B’nai B’rith NSW’s registered charity op-shop, the Bargain Bazaar finally finds a new home in Maroubra after operating as a pop-up shop in 2021. 

Bargain Bazaar finally launched on 24 October 2022 its new Maroubra location after a year of searching for a permanent home. The op-shop is neatly organised with one side dedicated to second-hand furniture and the other side to pre-loved clothing and shoes and other items such as books, kitchen and household goods, and much more.

The op-shop was established with the purpose of giving back to the community by collecting donated goods and selling them as second-hand items at reasonable prices. Proceeds from sales go towards supporting a broad range of charities of all denominations, humanitarian, medical and educational.

Bargain Bazaar traces its roots back to 1962 when the first bazaar was held at Paddington Town Hall followed by the opening of the first shop in Waterloo in 1977. They then moved to Redfern in the mid-80s before relocating to Surry Hills in 1995.

Since its inception, the shop has been making modest sales until they started accepting donated furniture in 2018 which proved to be an in-demand item, particularly the chest of drawers. The shop, in fact, sold over $300,000 worth of furniture in just 15 months and raised $1.1 million by the end of 2021.

However, when the nearby shopping centre closed to make way for its redevelopment, foot traffic declined and impacted the business immensely. And it did not help that the Surry Hills property where the shop is situated changed its managing agent and encouraged the owner to seek new tenants to increase rental profit.

But it was not until COVID-19 hit that the organisation decided to close Bargain Bazaar and end their tenancy. Without a permanent home, they temporarily operated as a pop-up shop.

And so last year, Bargain Bazaar opened its new location at 233 Maroubra Road and has so far been well-received by the community with many customers coming back for more.

If you are looking for quality, like-new second-hand items, do visit their store from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. The op-shop is also open for a few hours on Sundays from 10 am.

Contact B’nai B’rith NSW on 9321 6300 or email council@bbnsw.org.au for more information or for volunteering opportunities.

Published 13-January-2023

Bargain Bazaar Charity Shop | 233-235 Maroubra Rd, Maroubra NSW 2035, Australia