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

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

 

Christmas Challenge with Hannah from In The Dress Up Box

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Hi there! I’m Hannah from In The Dress Up Box. I was so excited to be invited by Salvos Stores to take part in their Six Week Christmas Advent project. They challenged me to put together a Christmas party look head-to-toe from Salvos Stores. My initial thought was PERFECT, I need a new Christmas outfit and Salvos would have been my first stop anyway! So I’m thrilled to share this fully thrifted Salvos look.

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This is a perfect Christmas Day outfit for me. Living in Perth means it’s always stinking hot on Christmas day, so I was on the lookout for breathable fabrics in bright colours and and bold festive patterns. This vintage skirt with it’s fab floral print and big pockets is 100% cotton and PERFECT for swanning around my folks pool on Christmas Day.

I paired this gorgeous skirt with a bright red linen t-shirt which is suitably festive but also nice and comfy. I actually found the skirt and top in the same store at the same time, so I had an instant outfit! I just love it when that happens. A great hat and some jelly sandals complete the look, plus a bright red lip, it is Christmas after all! Hannah

The skirt and top came to $20.50, but because I’m a regular Salvos Stores shopper I’ve been accumulating points on my Salvos Stores Club Card and got a little discount when I got to the counter, so I saved about $7 (woohoo!). Anyone can get a Club Card and they are seriously so good, you accumulate points every time you buy something in store and then every so often you get a discount on your purchase. It’s really cool and doesn’t take long to build the points up. Definitely ask about a card next time you’re at Salvos Stores!

Skirt: Salvos Stores Subiaco $13.25
Top: Salvos Stores Subiaco $7.25
Shoes: Salvos Stores Bibra Lake $6.25
Hat: Salvos Stores O’Connor $15.25 

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Thanks so much Hannah! How gorgeous is Hannah’s Christmas outfit? If you’re ever in need of any fashion inspiration – particularly secondhand and thrifted style go check out In The Dress Up Box

This week’s offer, as part of the Salvos Stores Christmas Campaign, is;

  1. Buy 2 books and get the 3rd half price. 

Feast Watson Auction This Week

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It’s here! It’s here!

If you read our recent post about the Feast Watson Re-Love Project here, you’ll be aware of the beautiful pieces that eight Australian design personalities have designed for the Feast Watson Re-Love campaign. All pieces have undertaken exciting makeovers; from ‘pre-loved’ timber furniture to ‘re-loved’ unique design transformations.

Your chance to take any of the Feast Watson Re-Love Projects home is this week. On Wednesday 8th July to Friday 17th July you can bid for your favorite pieces on eBay HERE. All proceeds will go to Salvos Stores.

What’s your favourite piece?

Opcycled Bird Bath

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It seems we’re on something of an animal theme as of late. After our list of our favourite dog bed ideas, we’ve now moved on to our feathered friends. Alas! An opcycled bird bath.

An opshopping friend of ours shared her awesome project repurposing a vase and a plate into a beautiful bird bath. She simply sourced a place and a vase that matched, although clashing colours and patterns could also look great as well. Perhaps you could even get creative with painting and spray paint them if you’re struggling to find any that match. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you can heighten the birdbath by adding a second vase underneath.

Get yourself an outdoor silicone sealant. This will provide the best stability and make sure your project lasts. Make sure the plate is central and use the sealant sparingly, it can look ugly when dripping down the sides. Leave to dry as per the sealant’s instructions.

Then all you have to do is place in your garden, preferably somewhere where you can see it, and wait for the birdies to come for a bath!