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3 ways to do it at Oasis: shop, donate or take your recycling there
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Here are a few of the treasures that have been found at the Oasis Bric-a-Brac shop: first editions of a J.R.R Tolkien book and George Orwell’s 1984; a small, leather-bound religious notebook with a tiny watercolour drawing once owned by world-renowned painter Irma Stern.
Treasure-hunting at Oasis brings rich rewards, but contributing is the most fulfilling. The shop is just one part of the Oasis Association, which having started as a school for the intellectually disabled in 1952, has today expanded into a village with daycare centres, houses for the disabled, a bakery and more.
YOU CAN SHOP OR DONATE TO OASIS
This is why Oasis is so vital for Cape Town’s intellectually challenged people, and just two of the ways it thrives is from your donations and you buying it’s special treasures.
Before you go shopping there, clear out your cupboards of stuff you don’t use. Your unwanted items become the stock that they put up for sale to plough the funds back into the cause. Goods in working order, please, as there’s no facility to fix things.
SUPPORT 600 INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED PEOPLE
Without the Oasis Association, 600 intellectually disadvantaged adults and children would have nowhere to go during the day. There aren’t many state services to support them.
Oasis benefits are even broader, says Gail Bester, Oasis’ executive director.
“It’s not just that an intellectually challenged adult comes here or that a child goes to the daycare centres, but it means their parents or carers are also free to work.”
Plus, she says, earning a living is significant for an Oasis’ adult’s self-worth. “Some are the only breadwinners in their family and have real standing in the community as a result,” explains Gail.
CLEAN OUT YOUR HOUSE + CUPBOARDS FOR GOOD
If you love the thrill of hunting for treasures, then Oasis Bric-a-brac shop in Claremont should become a regular stop. Besides the treasures mentioned above, there are always other delightful finds: bright yellow ceramic cups and saucers that would add a pop of colour to any kitchen shelf, a gorgeous rocking chair to place in a baby’s room or on the stoep, second-hand carpets to warm a room, all at reasonable prices.
These goods are donated by people moving, or who have excess goods and value the work Oasis does. “We look for anything that’s sellable,” says Gail, “from books to household items, furniture, hardware and clothes.”
(note: while it appreciates all donations, Oasis is not a dumping ground). It does, however, also take recycling, and you can go to its website to find out more about this.
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