Op shops

Our three op shops – best known as ‘Father Riley’s Op Shops’ – are vital in raising much-needed funds for our programs while helping local communities and the environment.

Our op shops in Maitland, Cessnock and Bowral sell high-quality second-hand goods at affordable prices.

How to donate

Clothing, bric-a-brac and other quality goods are all appreciated.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept items that are not clean and in good condition, or if we already have a large stock of a particular item, such as books. Please refer to the lists below.

We ask that you please call ahead on (02) 9330 3500 to ensure our shops have the capacity to take the items you wish to drop off or have collected.


Items we are unable to accept:

  • Pool tables
  • Pianos or electric organs
  • Glass tables – indoor, outdoor or coffee tables
  • Marble or concrete tables and benches
  • Any goods that are damaged – for example, broken handles, missing hinges and parts, peeling laminate, water damage
  • Stained or dirty lounges
  • Leather goods showing signs of wear and cracking
  • Beds, mattresses, bed bases or sofa beds
  • Entertainment units, large wall units or TV units
  • Gas appliances, heaters or stoves
  • Hard-wired electrical goods, ceiling fans, ovens, dishwashers
  • Large office-style desks
  • Carpet
  • Computer parts, printers, scanners, keyboards, monitors, etc.
  • Office or corporate furniture – personal home office desks are accepted
  • Large and/or heavy wardrobes

Items we do accept:

  • Clean clothing and linen
  • Furniture in good condition – dining, bedroom, lounge room
  • White goods and kitchen appliances
  • Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, bric-a-brac, non-damaged artworks
  • Clean floor rugs in good condition
  • Tools – shed, garden or electrical
  • Heaters in winter – small electrical heaters only
  • Pedestal or desk fans in summer
  • Sporting goods
  • Camping goods
  • Toys that are clean, complete and in good condition
  • TVs – flat screen only, with remote
  • Working stereos

Other important things to know

  • Our drivers or op shop staff will make the final decision as to whether they will take your goods, depending on the quality and condition
  • We are unable to arrange pick-ups in Bowral, the Central Coast or any further west than Penrith
  • If you have booked in a collection, please ensure kitchen utensils, crockery or bric-a-brac are wrapped and packed into a box that closes flat. This will avoid damage to the goods, and allow our truck to be packed correctly
  • Waste removal costs Youth Off The Streets over $21,000 per year, which could be far better spent on programs and services for young people. We politely ask that unwanted goods are not dumped at our op shops

Thank you for your support!

Helping communities

Giving quality goods is a great way to help the community. Not only will you be providing affordable and high-quality items for families that might otherwise struggle to buy them, but the profits go towards the delivery of services that help disadvantaged young people to thrive.


Op shop locations



Shop 2, 318 High Street
Maitland NSW 2320

Donation enquiries

(02) 9330 3500

Opening hours

Mon – Fri: 9.30 am–3.30 pm
Sat: 9.30 am–1.30 pm (closing time may vary)



136 Vincent Street
Cessnock NSW 2325

Donation enquiries

(02) 9330 3500

Opening hours

Mon – Fri: 9.30 am–3 pm



8 Bundaroo Street
Bowral NSW 2576

Donation enquiries

0473 981 999 or
0414 230 494

Opening hours

Mon – Fri: 9.30 am–4 pm

Sat: 9.30 am–1 pm

Please note: The Bowral op shop can only take small items of furniture at our discretion, depending on space available at the time.