My role as Salvos Stores Marketing Coordinator involves me spending much time visiting Salvos Stores. A keen vintage shopper myself, this expands to not only at work but on the weekends as well.
Last year, Salvos Stores decided to close down their old store in Chapel Street, after 15 years at that location. The store has been very successful due to wonderful staff and volunteers as well as being the ideal location for vintage shoppers. Salvos Stores wanted to open up a bigger space and was able to get the lease to the old Patterson Cake Shop site. Regional Manager Kim wanted to ensure the new store was different to anything that had previously been done at Salvos Stores.
Seeing the store finally open in December has been exciting to see the finished product of everyone’s hard work. While the store was opening in Melbourne, I was holidaying in New York. While I was there I stumbled across two different Salvation Army stores – one in Brooklyn and one in Soho.
Not being able to resist I went inside the stores to have a look around. The stores were nightmarish. They were unorganised, run down and the clothing there would have no way measured up to Salvos Stores standards.
It was a nice feeling being able to compare these stores to the ones I frequently visit and feel really impressed and proud of the standards Salvos Stores strives to achieve in their stores every day. It is frequently mentioned how the organisation has transformed over the last five years. I now realise how true that statement is.
The Windsor Salvos Stores was officially launched on the 2nd of March with an Auction Night. According to a young teenage girl who walked into the store last week it is ‘the best op shop ever!’
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-Posted by Bridget