Reaching Our Community
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 08:30am – 5pm | Saturday 8am – 4:30pm; closed on Sundays
Shop phone number: 09-576 1507
Address: 9 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga, Auckland
The story of the Eastgate Op Shop is one of foresight and faith. It was an idea planted in the heart of Eastgate’s senior pastor Allan Taylor, through casual conversation one evening in 1987.
As Allan sat in his new office at 5 Ben Lomond Crescent in 2001, some 14 years later, the vision for this shop continued to stir in his heart. To any onlooker, he would seem to be daydreaming, but as Allan looked out his study window toward the warehouse next door, he “saw” second hand furniture being carried in and out of the large roller-doors of the dilapidated warehouse. So when the building came up for sale, the church purchased it, and opened said roller-doors as a second hand shop to the East Auckland community for the first time in 2002.
“I have bought tons of stuff from here, books, my couch, my dining table! Its always good to come here. They have free tea and coffee as well, very generous.”–Google review
Fast forward to March 2012. We pulled some walls down, expanded and turned it into 1500 m2 of great deals and friendly service. We’ve since got an additional truck to our fleet and the shop is a familiar place to many in this part of town these days. The team work hard to source quality furniture and take great care in sorting through the donated bric-a-brac you’ll see on display.
If you find shopping for clothes at an op shop overwhelming because everything is often everywhere, you’ll be pleased to know that we sort ours through colour and size to make things a little easier and we even have a couple of fitting rooms to help you be absolutely sure about the bargain purchase you’re about to make! The stock here changes often so don’t be fooled into thinking you can come by another time to pick up that nice lounge suite you had your eye on the last time you were here. But the upshot of that is that there’s always something new to look at when you visit. You can also make yourself a free cuppa at the shop if you need a little more time deciding. Staff are never far away to help if you need some heavy-lifting done or just want a chin-wag.
So whether you’re after something specific to complete your lounge or wardrobe, or if you’re new in the area and just need to set yourself up with the basics, we’re sure you’ll find what you need here. Sometimes people come in just to say hello! So come check us out some time.
The Eastgate Op Shop is currently run by Jacques and Tanya. Jacques brings his many years of experience in owning a franchise retail store in South Africa and is often out and about sourcing what the shop needs. Tanya, his wife, runs the daily operations of the shop and has no trouble telling him what to do when necessary! Together with an awesome team of staff and volunteers, they work hard to serve our community with quality goods and great service.
“Really nice staff at this shop.”-Google review