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Second-hand Book Adventures

If your reading list needs an injection of inspiration, the first thing you should do is head down to your local Salvos Stores.

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Climb the pages of classics at Salvos Stores Frankston

We sometimes find ourselves sticking to the best-sellers list. When I walk into the book shop in my local shopping centre I know exactly what I’m going to buy and if I don’t, I’m steered to those on special offers. There just aren’t any surprises.

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But stood in front of the bookshelves at Salvos Stores, it’s a little different. No two visits are the same. Best seller names are hidden among dusty classics and unheard authors. Some are brand new with un-cracked spines, some are old and dog eared through years of re-reading, some with delightfully personal inscriptions in the covers.

It’s through browsing these collections you can come across the pages and authors you never would have in the usual book retailer. You may stumble across a genre you haven’t read before or maybe a book just a little outside of your taste. Try it! It’s like a little book adventure that you can embark on every week. . .

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Salvos Stores Cheltenham- Styled By Myer

Our Cheltenham store is re-open for business! During the past few weeks the Salvos Stores team have been busy revamping the Cheltenham store; a little renovation to expand the store and painting the store front.

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But most excitingly, our lovely friends over at Myer kindly volunteered their visual merchandising talents to dress the store for the opening. Over the day the team remodeled the shop floor, dressed the gorgeous mannequins , shaped up some glamorous window displays and strung two charming shoe chandeliers, all using Salvos Stores stock.

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Hampton style Salvos Stores

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We’d like to thank Myer, Shop for Shops, Active Display Group, Creative Colour, SI Retail and Kangan.

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Doesn’t it look amazing? Head on down to Salvos Stores Cheltenham (1216 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham) this week to check out the great work of Myer and don’t forget, every time you donate good quality items at Salvos Stores in-store you can receive a $10 Myer gift voucher redeemable when you $50 on Myer exclusive brands.

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Salvos Stores Limited Edition T-shirts

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you. Today we are launching our limited edition Salvos Stores T-shirts!tshirt

In red and black, these T-shirts are exclusively available in the Salvos Stores listed below. So for $12.25 show your love and support for Salvos Stores today!

Abbotsford, VIC Fawkner, VIC North Adelaide, SA
Arndale, SA Findon, SA North Geelong, VIC
Bassendean, WA Fremantle, WA Oakleigh, VIC
Beaconsfield, VIC Gateways, WA Osborne Park, WA
Berri, SA Gepps Cross, SA Perth, WA
Bourke St, VIC Hawthorn, SA Ringwood, VIC
Brighton, SA Hoppers Crossing, VIC Rockingham, WA
Brunswick, VIC Joondalup, WA Rowville, VIC
Bunbury City, WA Kensington Gardens, SA Sebastapol, VIC
Camberwell, VIC Keysborough, VIC South Fremantle, WA
Campbellfield, VIC Kilsyth, VIC Southern River, WA
Campbelltown, SA Kings Park, SA St Kilda, VIC
Canning Vale, WA Melrose Park, SA Subiaco, WA
Cannington, WA Morley, WA Victoria Park, WA
Cheltenham, VIC Mornington Central, VIC Walkely Heights, SA
Cranbourne, VIC Mornington, VIC Whifords, WA
Croydon, VIC Morphett Vale, SA Windsor Gardens, SA
Darlington , SA Mundaring , WA Windsor, VIC
Deer Park, VIC Myaree, WA
Doncaster, VIC Niddrie, VIC

Responsible Donating: Top Tips!

WE NEED YOU! (. . . and your donations)

People love to donate their old clothes and furniture. It’s quite magical to think that the coffee table you’ve shared many a cuppa on, could go to a new home for a whole new life. Sustainably, it’s magical too. Instead of going straight into the landfill, it can be reused and saved! Untitled design (1)

We rely on good quality donations from the public in order to fully function and to provide substantial funding to The Salvation Army Welfare Programs. So if you have a pair of boots collecting dust in the back of your wardrobe or any other goods that you think someone else could love, donate them to Salvos Stores.

Each year Salvos Stores spends in excess of $6M disposing of unsaleable items and rubbish that are left at our stores. This is a considerable amount which could be used to further assist those at need in our communities.

So check out our Salvos Stores Top Tips to Donate Responsibly!

1. Ask yourself if you would buy the item or if you would be comfortable giving it to a friend

If not, it’s probably not an item we would be able to sell. Make sure the items are clean, in good condition and if they are clothes, reasonably wrinkle free.

2. Check it’s not on our unsaleable list

Due to health and safety reasons we are unable to sell some items and some require appropriate health and safety regulations certified on them. Check if any of your donations are on this list before booking or going in-store.

3. Plan ahead

Plan when and where you are going to donate your goods. Find your Trucks5nearest store and opening hours here. Note: all Salvos Stores are closed on Sundays, but some remain open for donations only. Find a Sunday donation centre. Please don’t leave donations at stores outside of opening hours. Alternatively you can also book a home collection online.

4. Donate and feel amazing!

After donating, feel proud that you have saved items from going to landfill AND know that the sale of your item will contribute to the funding of The Salvation Army’s Programs.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Today marks the first day of The National Volunteer Week 2015.

With nearly 4,000 volunteers, who donate their precious time to the work of Salvos Stores, it’s a big celebration for us. It’s a time for us to cherish our valuable volunteers whom allow us to fully function and thrive thus generating funds to be contributed to The Salvation Army’s work.

This year each of our volunteers received a voucher booklet, a thank you card, a certificate and a badge.

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Some Salvos Stores Store Managers started the celebrations early last week and went out of their way to give their volunteers Thank You cakes. The Salvos Stores volunteer-staff teams are the backbone of what we do, so to everyone THANK YOU!

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Have you ever considered volunteering yourself? Volunteering is a two way street. On one side, it’s an opportunity for you to give back to the community and to help those in need. On the other side, volunteering has a self help aspect. It’s satisfying knowing your time is being spent on something worthwhile, your skills are being shared and knowing that you’ve done your part. If you’re interested in volunteering with Salvos Stores or have a few questions about what it may entail, head on over to our volunteering page for more info.

Stay posted on our facebook page for more updates on our NVW 2015 celebrations or share the volunteer love on Twitter.

Join the Salvos Stores Club

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Today is a very exciting day for Salvos Stores, we are launching a very exclusive club, of which we want you, our customers, to be the members. The Salvos Stores Club is our way of saying thank you. Thank you for shopping with us and supporting us time and time again. We value you and your support enables us to continue to provide valuable funding to The Salvation Army Community Programs.

JOIN THE CLUB

In all Salvos Stores across Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory; you will now be able to register and use your Salvos Stores Club Card.  You collect points on every purchase you make with your Club Card and when you’ve got 50 you can start redeeming these points against your purchases! What’s more we will keep you informed on any special events happening at your local Salvos Stores.

Here’s how it works:

Can’t get to our store this week but want to join the club straight away (we definitely don’t blame you!) you can register online at http://www.salvosstores.com.au/clubcard and we will post your card to your address!

Are you as excited as we are?

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Love Vintage Fashion? Love Salvos Stores!

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Late last week, we had a very special delivery to six Salvos Stores across Victoria….some beautiful vintage and retro fashions. These wonderfully unique items will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe, turning your simple black skirt into an outfit to make all your friends jealous!

These items are even more special as they go through a very unique process before hitting our shelves. They are provided to Marriott, a company who employs people with disability of varying degrees and provides them an opportunity for work that would not have been available to them otherwise. These wonderful employees steam the clothes and fix the buttons before sending them back to Salvos Stores.

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With ladies fashions in a variety of different styles, we are sure that among these beautiful racks you will find something truly unique just for you!

These items are available at:

  • Abbotsford Salvos Stores
  • Hampton Salvos Stores
  • Hoppers Crossing Salvos Stores
  • Malvern Salvos Stores
  • Ringwood Salvos Stores
  • Windsor Salvos Stores

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Finding a new use for that vintage suitcase….

Every time I visit a Salvos Stores, I fall in love with a different vintage suitcase that is on display. My trouble is that I can never find a suitable use for it, that is until now! Why not turn your beautiful vintage suitcase into a coffee table?

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The creative people at design sponge have designed a simple and easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to transform your suitcase into the most beautiful coffee table!

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Let’s get crafty with this simple storage solution!

I don’t know about you, but I am forever looking for clever storage solutions for my home. I love simple and effective ways to store those little items that I just can never find a place for.

After looking online for some simple storage ideas I came across Sewing Barefoot and her clever little idea for hidden storage books.

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What a simple and great idea for a storage solution for your home, even better you can pick up your books at your local Salvos Stores! To learn how to make this creative little idea, swing by Sewing Barefoot for her step-by-step guide!

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Are you embracing sustainable living?

Coming to Melbourne & beyond from 7th February – 1st March, the Sustainable Living Festival is an annual event which aims to inspire and empower to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. Its a great festival filled with lots of different events from markets, to bike rides and other community workshops.

We’ve had a look and picked our top two choices for the Sustainable Living Festival.

We are all about shopping, and even more op-shopping! This Sustainable Living Festival, you can join Laura on a Melbourne Op-Shop Tour around the wonderful South Yarra op-shops. Hint: We’ve got an AMAZING Salvos Stores on Chapel Street…..if you haven’t been you need to go!

Our friends Mobile Muster are running a workshop with Eco-active and Storage King to show you how to go e-waste free! It will be full of hints & tips on how you should correctly dispose of your e-waste. You can start by bringing your mobile phones to your local Salvos Stores and popping it in a Mobile Muster collection box. You help the environment and Salvos Stores, as Mobile Muster donate $2 per kilo of mobile phones collected from our stores.

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