Something borrowed…

We are in the middle of wedding season – and it’s Valentine’s day – so what better time than to share this loved up, inspirational sustainable wedding of Sarah and Bray.

Sarah, Manager of our Brunswick store wanted a thoroughly sustainable wedding and one that she could organise herself. Sarah proved that you don’t need the expense of a wedding planner, and that you can DIY it if you’re well organised. It can also save you a lot of money – Sarah’s wedding cost came in at $12k for absolutely everything!

Her venue was found by her maid of honour who’s family own a farm near the hall. Located in a tiny town of Jeetho in South Gippsland,  it was the perfect location – vintage and intimate, yet roomy for her 100 guests. Sarah’s theme ‘Rustic Countryside’ worked with a colour palette based around dark reds and emerald greens and floral displays to soften the look. She would allocate a few hours to gather ideas and inspiration on Pinterest, by scrapbooking or following her favourite stylists on Instagram and building her wedding mood board.

Sarah’s maid of honour found this gorgeous little hall in Jeetho, near her family’s farm in South Gippsland. It was the perfect venue – an intimate space, full of natural wood with a rustic vibe which inspired the dark red and emerald green colour scheme for the ceremony.
The gorgeous flower displays were arranged by @ravenandtherose whom Sarah florists with for weddings and events. Local to the Macedon area, they use as many secondhand and repurposed vases and props as possible in their amazing arrangements. The ceremony cowhide rug was found at Salvos Stores.
Sarah’s three bridesmaids, flower girl and groomsmen outfits were all sourced from different Salvos Stores across Victoria, yet work so well together!

She spent twelve months sourcing everything from the decor to the outfits and for the things she couldn’t find, she made by repurposing found objects – like the bar from wooden pallets, old books made into bunting, and fruit crates as tables. Sarah’s veil, Bray’s fedora hat and Gucci loafers were op shopped, as well as the three bridesmaids, the three groomsmen, her gorgeous flower girl, and the Mother of the Bride outfits.

Sarah’s stunning bouquet by @ravenandtherose.

Sarah’s Wedding Day Tip:
Try to relax and ensure that on the day of the wedding
you find some me time so it’s not all go-go-go!

Sarah’s mum wearing her gorgeous opped Mother of the Bride outfit, and behind her, the bunting made from old books.

After the ceremony, wedding guest partied into the night in a big hired marquee (the biggest expense of all) and then all camped overnight before leaving on Sunday. Sarah says ‘it felt like a mini festival!’.

Every detail was carefully considered to ensure the smallest environmental footprint possible. All cutlery and crockery were biodegradable and instead of throwing confetti, guests threw flower petals. Afterwards, decorations were either donated back to the op shop (or used as store displays!) or repurposed (again!) with the bar now being used as an outdoor table by Sarah and Bray. The love just keeps going!

Old fruit crates and vintage bric-a-brack were used with touches of greenery to create a ‘rustic countryside’ theme through the venue.




Recycle, reuse, repurpose – donate!

SalvosStores_Day1_KL-124It’s the holidays and once all the partying is over, thoughts turn to consolidating all of the stuff we’ve acquired, whether it was over the years, or more recent items that we thought we needed and haven’t got around to using or wearing (and we are all guilty of that!). So what can we do with the things we no longer need?

We encourage you to think about reuse, recycling or donating. If you are considering generously donating your unwanted goods then please consider donating to Salvos Stores.

Why donate?:

  • KEEPING THINGS OUT OF LANDFILL: Australia – and the world – is struggling with this ‘throw away society’ we find ourselves in. Items are so cheap these days that they are easily replaceable as soon as the next trend comes along. We encourage everyone to think more sustainably and consider what items can be reused, recycled, donated, upcycled or mended.
  • GIVE AN ITEM A SECOND LIFE: You may not have a need for it anymore but there is always someone else who would love to give it a new lease of life and will probably get just as much joy from it as you did (how nice is that!).
  • HELP RAISE FUNDS: Donated items are sold in store to help raise funds to continue community projects that support vulnerable Australians including those with addiction, mental health concerns, escaping domestic violence, struggling financially and those struggling with homelessness.
  • LESS STUFF = LESS STRESS: We all have stuff we don’t use hanging about the home and it’s been well documented that decluttering is not only good for physically freeing up space but it’s also beneficial for your mental health too.

Did you know that goods donated are sold in store to raise funds for The Salvation Army. The funds we raise helps them with support, counselling and plan long-term strategies that will give them them hope for a future. We believe everyone should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their situation and by supporting these programs, we give them a hand up not just a hand out.


What you can donate:

All Salvos Stores stores accept the following items:

  • CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES: Clothing, footwear and accessories in good condition.
  • BRIC-A-BRAC & HOMEWARES: Household items that are in good condition.
  • TOYS, BOOKS, CDS, DVDS & VINYL: Items that are in good condition.
  • ELECTRICAL GOODS: Small electrical items such as radios in good, working condition.

Bigger Salvos Stores stores will accept the following items:

  • WHITE GOODS: Items such as refrigerators in good working condition.
  • QUALITY FURNITURE: Furniture that is not broken, stained or torn.


To find out exactly what your local store accepts as donations, we suggest you check the Salvos Stores website first and if your local doesn’t it will list surrounding stores as well to give you more choice.

Best time to donate:

Best times are store opening hours and you can drop them of in store to a staff member so into the collection bins in front of the store. Our stores are open longer this festive season to accept donations outside of normal business hours to make it more convenient for you. To find out when your local store is open, see our Facebook page.

How to donate larger items:

Did you know that Salvos Stores provide free collection from your home or business for items that won’t ft in your car. For more information or to schedule a pick up, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm (AEST/AEDT) or book online.


We are very grateful to all of our wonderful customers and donors who help us help those in need. Thank you for your generosity!

Last minute gifts ideas at Salvos Stores

Still got things on your Christmas list to get? We’ve pulled together some clever gift ideas from our stores to help inspire you. With stores full of pre-loved, second hand as well as great new stock items, at Salvos you can shop smart, save time and money – and best of all, help others while you’re at it!


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Know someone who loves food? Think books, recipes, kitchen items, napery and gorgeous crockery! We found Luke and Scott’s Clean Living Cookbook, perfect for a post-Christmas detox, a gorgeous vintage tea cup, some great little pieces of bric-a-brac (we found some small serving dishes and a tea canister), and finished it off with a pretty vintage napery including a floral tea-towel and a pastel striped table cloth. Add some herbal teabags and package it up in basket, and you’ve got a gorgeous hamper!


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Everyone needs some pampering in their life! Give the gift of ‘me time’ with our new range of gorgeous goat milk toiletries in a shower gel, body lotion and soap boxed set and a selection of Australian made soaps in lavender and rose. Then mixing it up, we found a pre-loved novelty owl soap dish, a vintage perfume bottle, and a cute make-up bag  and filled that with a Fine Life cruelty-free bamboo make-up brush set, a loofah, and some beautiful MOR hand cream.


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Often Dads love it when they get clothing for Christmas – it totally saves them having to go shopping! We’ve put together a great nautical look for him with a Top Shop navy stripe t-shirt, new Stussy shorts, navy boating shoes and a cool straw hat to top off the look. We’ve also found a great set of binoculars and a Jesse Martin biography to whet his sailing appetite.


gift idea music

For the music fan we’ve found a eclectic group of items. A selection of great vinyl which includes everyone’s Christmas favourite, Bing Crosby, then classic Billy Joel and Rod Stewart to get everyone dancing. Sturdy headphones are a must-have for any music lover, and we found a Bruce Springsteen tour t-shirt from this year’s Australian tour (lucky find) and a Harry Styles biography for an insight into the world of a pop pin-up!


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Kids are always fun to shop for (especially when you’re not shopping with them!). We grabbed a load of awesome boy stuff – something to wear, something to read and something to play with. A novelty ‘Small but atrocious’ graphic t-shirt, a pair of ‘Octonauts’ board shorts (perfect for the beach) and some brand new Adidas trainers is sure to be well received. Books are always a great gift for kids, and you can’t go wrong with the well loved classics like Mr Men, and buying second-hand is so much more affordable than new! For something more energetic, there’s everyone’s favourite family card game UNO and a set of coloured pencils for when artistic inspiration hits – and perfect for long holiday car trips. We couldn’t pass up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy, for nostalgic reasons. He was just too cool to leave behind!

Whatever you do this Christmas, we wish you a happy and peaceful one.
Stay safe and remember to be kind to yourselves! Merry Christmas 2017,
from all of us at Salvos Stores.

Entertain in style (sustainably!)

Let’s face it, the festive season revolves mainly around food and entertaining so we’ve scoured our stores for gorgeous crockery, glasswear, napery and decorations and pulled together some great, affordable table themes for some festive decorating inspiration. Our stores have a great selection of affordable bric-a-brac, often you can find a complete table setting, other times, it’s fun to pull together individual bits and pieces to create a unique look to ‘wow’ your guests. Whatever you do, have fun playing ‘stylist’ and creating a look that is as memorable for your guests as the food you serve.

1. Christmas Day:

Red and White are pretty traditional Christmas combination, but you give it a fresh twist by keeping things minimal – think Nordic styling with lots of greenery, graphic crockery and a simple colour palette.


Get the look: Using a plain red tablecloth as our base, we built up layers of pattern – striped serviettes, plates of different colours, patterns and sizes and kept the settings simple. The graphic plates were a great find and added to the ‘feel good’ factor of the table and a reminder of what Christmas is all about – enjoyment and sharing!  The table decoration was kept to classic decorations – baubles in red and white and striped candy canes grouped together in a large glass vase,  red tea candles and we picked some greenery from the garden and used that as the centre piece in the vase and along the centre of the table – looks good and smells GREAT!

Tip: Find some inexpensive greenery to add to the table, and don’t feel limited to having it in a vase – drape it over table or wrap some around napkins as a napkin ring. For a contemporary feel, add little succulents in pots on each plate or in a line as a centre piece – we have them in store!

2. NYE Dinner Party:

New Year’s Eve is the most glamorous night of the year, so you can afford to go all out with your decorations and see in the new year with style!


Get the look: We chose a silver and black colour theme with lots of added sparkle with glitter and fairy lights – a bit sophisticated, very much glam and so much fun! You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a dramatic centre piece, the trick is being brave and finding objects that appeal to you, and grouping them together. A cheap glitter hat, beads, a collection of odd sized silver baubles grouped together and placed along a black table runner look surprisingly good! Adding some fairy lights into the mix, lifts it to another level – and helps all that glitter sparkle! The drinking glasses with black stems (which we loved!) combined with black plates and cutlery contrasting with white napkins and a silver cracker, keep it sophisticated, clean and elegant.

Tip: You don’t need to spend up big. Gather an eclectic mix of items you love and use them together to make a quirky display.

3. The Perfect Picnic:

Summer is the perfect time for a picnic. Grab some comfy cushions, a picnic rug and a basket full of delicious summer food and find a perfect spot to kick back
for a few hours – even if it’s just your own backyard!


Get the look: There is so much gorgeous bric-a-brac in store and in so many colours and patterns, we found it hard to narrow down our selection and as you can see, we’ve included every colour under the sun, but it works! When looking for rugs and tablecloths, look for quality fabrics and things that are washable and comfy to sit on. We’ve included one of our new beach towels that we’re selling in store (draped over the picnic basket) – being round it makes a great rug to sit on! Lastly, don’t forget let the bugs spoil a great day, remember to light a citronella candle to keep them at bay – we’ve got our in a gorgeous blue ceramic lantern. This is a look that’s fun, bright, happy and holiday ready!

Tip: Make sure your guests are comfortable and supply a selection of bright cushions and a lovely (but washable) rug. Check out our round beach towels in store – they are a great size and shape and perfect for a picnic blanket!

We gift you a stylish Thrift-mas!

Salvos Stores along with Eco-stylist Faye De Lanty and a team of talented fashion stylists and bloggers pooled their talents recently in a sustainable fashion show that brought together a collection of inspirational looks for the festive season and beyond, with outfits that not only looked good, but felt good too! In a world of fast fashion, it’s inspiring to meet like minded people who see the value is sourcing sustainably and reusing and upcycling garments to create something truly unique (And Faye De Lanty is the master. Check out fashion hound tv).

Faye De Lanty our MC for the show, style guru and eco-fashion legend lent a hand and had plenty of great advice to share in her style workshop.

In the show, our stylists focused on four key summer looks with all of the clothing and props sustainably sourced and upcycled from Salvos Stores. With looks for guys and girls, and real mix of styles to suit everyone’s taste and shape, our stylists have proven how easy – and chic – it can be to pull together eclectic, cool looks with pre-loved labels and a bit of imagination. It may have been raining outside, but inside was full of colour and summer vibes!

Here’s some of our favourite looks:

1. Summer Holiday

The first look was inspired by Summer holidays, of holiday travel to exotic places and long leisurely days catching up with friends and celebrating summer. LOVING: Alain in fresh pale blues mixed with vintage leather and straw hat and Q in textures and exotic colours mixed with jewels and tassels.


2. Beach Party

Whether you’re just kicking back for the day in the surf, catching some rays, or dressing up to watch the sunset with friends, we have the perfect look for spending time by the water. LOVING: Michelle in her oriental inspired two piece over bathers and accessorised with lots of gold, Q is channeling movie star glamour with her flowing lace dress over her on piece and big vintage style hat, whilst Alain is mixing up a sporty, geek, party vibe.


3. Christmas Day your way:

Whether you’re by the pool, having a formal lunch, or eating outside, in hot weather or cooler climates, layering is the way to go. LOVING: Meg in her shift dress and kimono with gorgeous teal heels looking relaxed and gorgeous, Charles all dressed up and ready for Christmas lunch, and Q looking glamorous in her floral short suit dressed up with heels, chunky beads and a glo-mesh clutch.


“I want the outfits to be fun, festive and fashion-forward! I love Christmas
and want people to be inspired and realise how fun dressing up can be!”.
– Hannah Barry,  stylist and Op shop lover –

4. NYE Party:

We all love a good party and NYE is definitely THE party night of the year and a great opportunity to go all out in the style department. LOVING: Michelle ready to party in gold sequin shorts, cute patterned top with back cut out, gold clutch and blue wedges, and Q in a gold bustier (dress tucked up to make a top!), long fitted silk skirt and gorgeous peep toe wedges to add a pop of colour.



Hannah Barry and Alain Pottier, who are both recent graduates from the RMIT styling course, did a brilliant job pulling all of the looks together. We are very grateful for all of their hard work and distance they covered searching for the prefect items!

Hannah and Alain (yes he modelled too!) walking the red carpet to applause at the end of the show.

We had a great day and we’re grateful to everyone who braved the crazy Melbourne weather to join us. We hope everyone went home inspired and a little bit excited about dressing up for the festive season (I know we are!). We’d especially like to thank our talented team (check out their instagram accounts for more great fashion inspiration!) – who volunteered their time and talents on the day:

  • MC and FASHION WORKSHOP HOST: Faye De Lanty: @fayedelanty / @fashionhoundtv
Hannah Barry @holistyling / Alain Pottier @visionbyalain
  • MODEL BLOGGERS: Meg-Faye @Megfaymakes/ Q @Qgivesafork / Michelle @wear.your.happy
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Rami @ramifosberrystudios
  • Location: Abbotsford Salvos Store @salvosstores
The dream team!








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.


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!


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


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.

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!

Bree @borrowed.books

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