If you’re looking to save thousands of dollars on your Christmas shopping and raise funds for those in need, consider a trip to Lifeline which is holding its first ever Queensland-wide three-day sale.

The charity’s biggest ever clearance event is running from tomorrow to Sunday at Lifeline’s 130 Queensland stores, except for Toowoomba.

Funds raised will go to the Lifeline Crisis Support Line which receives more than 1000 calls a day on average from people in distress, with the demand spiking at Christmas time.

Lifeline sale Christmas shopping

Lifeline sale Christmas shopping

“Our calls do peak over this period of time so I think people have a lot of pressures leading into Christmas,” Jamie Mackay, Head of Retail at Lifeline, said.

The Crisis Line, 13 11 14, provides support to those having suicidal thoughts as well as people who are dealing with depression, domestic and family violence, financial problems and grief.

Everything in the sale is half price except furniture and mattresses which are 20 percent off.

Op shop expert and blogger Hannah Klose from Never Ever Pay Retail said shopping at thrift stores is the best kind of retail therapy.

“There are so many benefits. It’s not even just the cost benefits, it’s also the benefits for the environment, it’s also the benefits to the charities,” Ms Klose said.

Lifeline sale Christmas shopping

Lifeline sale Christmas shopping

She’s challenging shoppers to have a “Merry Thriftmas” and do all their Christmas gift buying at op shops this year.

“Honestly you could save well into the thousands if you really focus and do your research and hunt around,” Ms Klose said.

At Lifeline’s Annerley store, Ms Klose found a designer top, never worn and still with the price tag on, selling for $16 down from its original retail price of $490.

Her top tips for op shopping include:

• Have a plan so you don’t become overwhelmed

• Keep your mind open so you don’t miss a treasure

• Shop every rack – if you only skim you might miss a bargain

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