We love Christmas at Salvos Stores!

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This year we are very excited to share with you all the great things we’re launching across Salvos Stores for you this Christmas.

Our stores are brimming with festive goodness from colourful displays of trees of all sizes and an incredible selection of decorations, to gorgeous party outfit ideas and so much inspiration for the perfect table setting – whether it’s for Christmas lunch or a New Year’s Eve party! And let’s not forget our staff who are all huge fans of Christmas and have been excitedly planning things behind the scenes for months! We hope our excitement is happily contagious!

This year we are making Salvos Stores your one-stop Christmas Gift stop, and we’re keeping things easy by having all you need in one place. We’ve got a great selection of gifts from brand new and second-hand, as well as everything you’ll need to wrap them up and address them with a wide selection of gift wrap, gift cards and tags at just $5 a pack in store. How’s that!? And don’t forget, it’s doubly good, because every purchase you make at Salvos Stores, makes a difference to the lives of vulnerable Australians. That really is the spirit of Christmas!

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We’ve spent time sourcing the best family gifts and this year in Salvos Stores we’re stocking (pardon the pun!) affordable gifts that everyone will love with prices ranging from $2 to $20 – from awesome round beach towels, and gorgeous soaps, to men’s toiletry packs and water bottles to Uno cards (everyone’s favourite game) and pencil and texta packs to keep the kids entertained through the summer holidays.

Our gift lines are affordably priced and all profits support the work of The Salvation Army. Products are available for a limited time only in selected stores.

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Once you’ve got family and loved ones sorted, please consider spreading hope to help those with less this Christmas. You can donate a meal for $10 to a person in need, grant someone a special wish or donate your unwanted quality items to sell in store to help fund The Salvation Army’s community projects.

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Ensuring people don’t go hungry is an important part of Salvos work and has been for more than 130 years. You can give hope to someone this Christmas by donating a meal for $10. To find out more, go to: https://100thousandmeals.org.au for details.

Granting a wish will change someone’s life as a caring Salvo delivers your wish to a person in need. Choose from 12 gifts ranging from $5 – $82 including meals, hampers, a family day out and a lift to a job interview. You can purchase these in store by taking a bauble from the tree and taking it to the counter, or alternatively, donate online at: https://www.my.salvationarmy.org.au/wishes

Can you donate this Christmas? Your donations of quality clothing, pre-loved toys, games and homewares will help to support the work of  The Salvation Army this Christmas. To find out how to donate, see our website: https://salvosstores.com.au/donate


For full details on all of our Christmas product, download our one page Christmas catalogue here

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Salvos + RMIT Sustainable Style Challenge

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In a style collaboration with Salvos Stores, the RMIT Diploma of Fashion Styling graduates were recently challenged to create one original (yet commercial) fashion concept using all clothes and accessories sourced from Salvos. Each team demonstrated how easy and affordable it can be to put together a look that is edgy and intriguing yet sustainable and affordable. The final looks were then styled and photographed on location in our Brunswick store.

Course Tutor, Paul Castro is big sustainability advocate and practitioner, and wanted to inspire his styling students to get involved with an exercise in creativity and sustainability and planned this project to encourage his students to bring together their knowledge of identifying current trends and predicting future fashion influences to showcase their styling skills in a real-life brief.

Paul has has collaborated with Salvos Stores previously when he was invited to join a group of artists and designers, under the direction of eco stylist Faye Delanty (frequent Salvos Collaborator), to participate in Fash Fest in Canberra. He has his own label – AMASSMENT (www.amassment.co), which revolves around repurposing garments, a wonderful endeavour and totally worth checking out.

The resulting looks from the student stylists’ photo shoot are fantastic and eclectic! It’s so refreshing to see forward-thinking stylists embracing second-hand and reuse and repurposing. Look out for some clever style tricks (including the unique ways in using a man’s shirt) in the photos shown above.

Between the 12 Styling teams, they covered off 13 looks that include:

  • ‘Vintage urban/World Collision’ by Alain & Allannah (@visionbyalain & @abplus1 @abevilacquastyling)
  • ‘Cuban Vintage’ by Tamasin & Pia (@tamasincrowe & @p.iah),
  •  ‘Tropical’ by Stephanie & Hayley (@stephaniiedella & @haleymmcgregor),
  • ‘Colour Blocking Rainbow’ by Sarah & Mollie (@sarah.mstyling & @styled.bymollie)
  • ‘Metallic Gold’ by Monica & Georgia (@tutejamonica & @gseduikis)
  • ‘Double Denim’ by Chelsea & Jasmine (@ccookstyle & @jasminemadour)
  • ‘Gold Luxe’ by Sasha, Lauren & Linda (@sasha.styling, laurencaia.styling & @flifel)
  • ‘Retro Sporty’ by Hannah & Alannah (@ohhlalahannah/@holistyling & @AZB.BZA)
  • ‘Relaxed Tailoring’ by Innes & Emerson (@inneslaurendesigns & @emersonemini)
  • ‘Navy Vibes’ by Luka & Olive (@lukacolaiacovostyle & @olivegaga)
  • ‘Nostalgic Athleisure’ by Mimi and Hesh (@hausofmimi & hesh.batagoda)
  • ‘Boys on Tour’ by Sophia, Cyndell & Georgia (@sophiastamellos.stylist, @knipit.style & @denimbydenham)
We’d like to thank: the RMIT Diploma of Fashion Styling graduates, Tutor Paul Castro, Models Anyuop (an independent model) and Matthew (Iconique Management),  Makeup Artist Annette Martin and Photographers, Kim Landy and Alain Pottier for their assistance on this project.
We wish all the graduate students good luck in their future styling endeavours and don’t forget to check out their insta pages for some stunning style inspiration!
Watch this space for exciting future style collaborations.

Re-loved by The Painted Hive

Kristine Franklin from The Painted Hive has up-cycled the gorgeous Boho Mid-Century Modern Style Dresser currently up for auction in the Salvos Stores & Feast Watson Re-Love project. Along with four other Australian design teams, she has reinvented and ‘re-loved’ a piece of sourced furniture to help raise funds for the Salvos. The ebay auction closes on Wednesday and we’ve seen a lot of interest for this stunning piece of furniture, so be quick if you want to make a bid on this dresser or the other amazing projects for auction.
 
“I love up-cycling generic flat-pack furniture because it’s so accessible and affordable. It’s fantastic being able to demonstrate the potential in these unassuming pieces knowing many people already have similar items lying around or can easily get their hands on something comparable. This tallboy was just $30 from one of my local Salvos stores. It was in ideal structural condition, however the lovely “artwork” was turning people off (never allow yourself to be discouraged by the mere aesthetics of a piece!). And strangely, it had no handles, just a make-shift masking tape pull on one drawer. Regardless, its shape and scale fitted my vision perfectly and I knew I could completely transform it! My overall vision was to create a truly unique statement piece with a decorative edge and mid-century modern nod. I’ve had this idea in the back of my mind for a few years!”
 

“My advice for anyone taking on an up-cycling project, would be don’t give up! Sometimes up-cycling doesn’t always go as planned, though there are usually ways to reverse mistakes…and there are always different ways to proceed going forward! Be flexible and open to the evolution of your piece. If you’re new to up-cycling, I would suggest choosing something with good bones where only a bit of cosmetic enhancement is needed. Look for strong and sturdy pieces made from solid timber.”   

One of the things I particularly love about the Re-Love Project as a whole is seeing all of the other designers’ projects and marvelling at how amazing and diverse they all are” says Kristine.

Don’t forget, the Salvos Stores & Feast Watson Re-Love project ebay auction closes on Wednesday, and you’ve got to be in it to win it! Shop all the fabulous pieces from this year’s project here

Re-Loved by Norsu Interiors

Salvos Stores & Feast Watson has partnered once again for the Re-Love project, which sees 5 Australian designers “re-love” a piece of furniture using Feast Watson products and auction them to raise funds for the Salvos.

“We love everything that this project stands for. The ability to channel our creative energy into bringing a tired old piece of furniture back to life, while using quality products for a fabulous cause!” – Norsu Interiors

The team at Norsu Interiors have told us just how they created their beautiful table & chairs for the project this year.

Norsu Interiors create beautiful and simple Scandanavian inspired art and homewares and have stayed true to form in creating this beauty.

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The table & chairs were sourced from Abbotsford Salvos Stores in Victoria and chosen for it’s versatility, functionality and its potential to be upcycled in a completely different way!

Norsu were inspired by the Scandi-like feel to the pieces and wanted to give them a unique “Norsu” look. Thankfully, everything worked in their favour and when they sanded back the chairs they revealed a beautiful blonde wood – very Scandi!

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So how did they create this beautiful design?

They first wanted to ensure they maintained the integrity of the piece and so they were careful to invest a significant amount of time preparing and removing all the original stains and varnish.

  1. Starting by giving all pieces a very thorough sand, they removed their original finishes
  2. For the chairs, two coats of Feast Watson Stain & Varnish Liming White was applied, then they added the custom-made leather and brass detail chair pads
  3. For the table, a base coat of Feast Watson Liming White was applied before several coats of Feast Watson Liming White (oil based) mixed with 2% Feast Watson Pro tint in Walnut to give it a lovely sorbet colour
  4. Once all the paint had been applied, we finished with a strip of brass around the edge of the table

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This beautiful piece by Norsu Interiors is available to buy here!

The guys at Norsu Interiors also gave us their top tips for starting an up-cycling project:

  • Make sure you love the piece before you start
  • Invest time in the preparation and bring back the piece to its original form
  • Allow your creativity to take over and experiment with different finishes, hardware and accessories
  • Relax and enjoy the process; don’t rush it!

Shop all the pieces from this year’s project here!

Top 3 Tips to find a great read at Salvos Stores

Are you a bookworm? Or maybe, you’re thinking of getting Dad a book for this Fathers Day?

If the answer is yes to either of these questions, you’re in luck. We have spoken to Bree @borrowed.books, an avid reader and Salvos Stores shopper to give us her tips to finding a great read at Salvos Stores!

But, before Bree gives us her tips, we wanted to find a little more out about her!

1. What is reading to you? 

Reading to me is that I can be taken to another place or another life and all I have to do is pick up a book. As Stephen King says

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

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2. Best Salvos stores book haul?

I have bought some great books from Salvos Stores, among my favourites are many Stephen King novels, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Messenger by Markus Zusak.

But of all my finds, my best was The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. I saw it while browsing and I decided to buy it. I’d heard of the movie but had never read it. It’s turned out to be one of my favourite books.

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3. All time favourite book?

This is the hardest question because it’s almost impossible to pick just one with so many great books and book series out there. But I will. It’s Harry Potter, no surprise really, they’re books I could read over and over again and still enjoy. Reading it is like going home, it’s a story that will stay with me and so many others “..until the very end.”

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4. Your Top 3 tips for finding great books at Salvos Stores!

  1. Go Regularly! I usually only go a couple times per month depending on how busy I am. But if you can go more often or to different stores, do it! As my dad says “cast your net wide”!
  2. Double check the shelves! Seriously, look carefully. I scan each shelf and then do it again because often I’ll find some gems I missed the first time around. Then triple check, just in case!
  3. Hidden Shelves! In my local Salvos, there’s a little shelf called ‘Staff Picks’. It’s often missed because it’s hidden around the corner of the other shelves. But that’s where the good stuff is, so always check your local for those hidden shelves!

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Click here to find a Salvos Stores and a great book near you! 🙂 

How to: Emily’s tips on matching old & new!

Wondering how to layer that op shop skirt with the rest of your wardrobe? Emily Billing, local blogger at blueumbrellalane.com shows us how to mix old and new in style!


The trick in winter is layers. I’m a Melbourne girl. And in Melbourne, layering is super important – unless you want to get caught out in the biting wind! I used to just suck it up and not bother but in recent years, I’ve joined the layering bandwagon. Who knew you could be so warm!

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My feature piece in this outfit is this fur vest I picked up at the Phillip Island Salvos over the summer for $10. The vest is actually 2 sizes larger than my regular size, so all I can say is don’t be a size snob.

Sometimes oversized pieces are actually perfect!

Next, I chose my base piece. Layering allows you to wear clothing from all seasons hence, the summer playsuit I matched with it. I bought this playsuit new from Zara when I was living in Seattle and I’ve worn it over 30 times! I just adore the fit, style, and pattern.

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Once I combined these two pieces I was just waiting for the cold weather to appear. When I received my friend’s Birthday party invite a couple of weekends ago this outfit finally had its debut. With the addition of cream leather gloves, my vest got to show off its true 60’s glamour.

In winter, keeping your feet warm is also very important. So I matched my outfit with my Urban Sole Boots – one of my favourite brands. You can usually buy these at Myer but I scored them from Salvos Stores on Chapel Street for only $15! Barely worn leather boots – win! Lastly, for final touches, I added my white Witchery clutch which I also thrifted for $5. This adds a great pop of lightness to the outfit!

The way you can mix new and preloved gives you an opportunity to use your entire wardrobe. You can choose summer or winter clothing and rock out with a super fun outfit! Just check out the flared sleeves, so good! To change it for a more daytime look try with knee-high flat boots or regular flat shoes and a heavier daytime bag.

I encourage you to try mixing your summer and winter clothes and discover new outfits just as I did! It’s a great way to extend the life of some of your favourite pieces. And who knows, maybe, just maybe you’ll discover your perfect winter outfit!

Happy wintering and layering 🙂
Em xx

What you will need to start your layering:

  1. Pre-loved winter jacket
  2. Skirt/dress/jumpsuit for base
  3. Stockings
  4. Cute boots
  5. Clutch

Click here to find your winter staple at Salvos near you! 🙂


Outfit details

Fur vest: Thrifted $10

Playsuit: Zara

Clutch: Thrifted $5

Boots: Thrifted $15

 

Perth’s 5 Best Op Shops

 

Attention Op Shoppers of WA  – want to know Perth’s best op shops? Hannah (In the Dress Up Box) gives us a rundown of her favourites as well as what goodies you are likely to find in each! 

Hey there, I’m Hannah from In The Dress Up Box!
I’m an op-shopping nut who loves rifling through racks at my favourite second-hand stores. Whether you want to put together a fabulous wardrobe or style up your home, op shops are the way. Don’t believe me? Just take a look into a few of these stores and see what you find!

To get you started, today I’m sharing my top five favourite Perth op shops.  And of course, my favourite Perth Salvos Stores.

  1. Salvos O’Connor

A perennial favourite of mine. If you are new to op-shopping then this is a great place to start! It’s big but not overwhelming. O’Connor Salvos is super organised. Vintage, brand new and designer clothing are separated making it easy to find a fab item! This great floral dress is just one of the myriad of things I’ve found there over the years.

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Good for:
Accessories
Dresses
Shoes

Find Me: 354A South Street, O’Connor

  1. RSPCA Palmyra

This op shop is the closest one to my home so I find myself popping in weekly. It’s recent revamp means it now stocks a fantastic range of vintage clothing. My most exciting score from this store is my wedding dress! I tried on this beautiful 1950’s wedding gown on a whim a few days after getting engaged. I fell in love. It was a total fluke and exactly what I love about op shops, you just never know what you’ll find! While the dress set me back $50 it goes down in history as my favourite op shop purchase ever. As I haven’t got married yet there is no photo but here’s another gem I found there…

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Good for:
Vintage
Jewellery Accessories

Find me: 59 Carrington Street, Palmyra

  1. Salvos Bibra Lake

This Salvos is MASSIVE. I love it. It has a huge selection of clothing and accessories, as well as furniture and house hold items. Late last year when I moved into my new home, I managed to furnish and style the whole place almost only from op shops. And Salvos, Bibra Lake was a gold mine! My favourite find was my gorgeous solid Jarrah coffee table. In perfect condition for just $20!

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Good for: 

Homewares
Art
Furniture
Linen / fabric

Find Me: 28B Port Kembla Drive, Bibra Lake

  1. St Luke’s Op Shop

One of Perth’s best kept op shop secrets. It is tucked away in the basement of St Luke’s Church in Mosman Park. I’ve found SO many amazing things there over the years, most recently a Fendi cross body bag for $10! The store is small and only open 3 days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) but it well worth a trip! After you’ve had a rummage you can stay for a cup of tea and slice of cake with the lovely volunteers that run the store. Op shopping AND cake?! Doesn’t get much better than that!
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Good for:

Designer gear
High end high street labels

Find Me: 20 Monument Street, Mosman Park

  1. Good Sammie’s Fremantle 

I love this store for two reasons; it’s open on Sundays and it’s CHEAP! They have crazy sales and you can find some incredible things. I got this awesome rainbow dress for $1 in one of their sales! It’s one of the few Perth op shops that open on a Sunday, so it’s perfect for an afternoon shopping date. But beware, it isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s chock-a-block, disorganized and full of bargains. Before you dive into the madness, make sure you are mentally prepared.

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Good for:

Sunday shopping
Home wares
Cheap clothing

Find Me: 181 High Street, Fremantle 

So that’s it for me, hope this comes in handy for those is WA or anyone passing by Perth! Happy op shopping!!
Click here to Find a Salvos Stores near you 🙂