A NEW boutique op shop has opened its doors and will benefit the community in more ways than one.
As well as offering discounted items, it also offers support to people with a disability by giving them access to work experience and new skills.
Collectables by YellowBridge Queensland was officially opened yesterday at 2 Station St.
Disability Services Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the unique shopping experience would help raise awareness of the employability of people with a disability.
"Collectables is not your regular op shop," she said.
"Every item donated or bought will go towards supporting a local person with disability learn new skills and enter the workforce.
"This wonderful social enterprise will give people the chance to learn how a small retail business operates while teaching them the skills they need to gain meaningful paid employment into their future.
"As a community, we need to challenge ourselves to accept that while people with disability bring unique requirements they also bring unique talents, skills and strengths."
Collectables staff will learn a broad range of retail skills, including customer service, transport and collection of goods, basic repairs, shop refit and maintenance, and sorting of items and goods.
YellowBridge CEO Penny Hamilton said those with a disability would benefit from the shop.
"People with disability are often very keen to work but can struggle to land a job so we are delighted to be able to offer them some concrete employment opportunities," she said.