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.


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! 🙂 

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 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!


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.


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.


Good for:

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…


Good for:
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!

Salvos Birba Lake

Good for: 

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!
St Lukes

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.

Good Sammies






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 🙂


Christmas Challenge with Victoria from ‘I Love To Op Shop’


Festive Thrifty Fashion Quandary

With the silly season pretty much here the joy of running I Love to Op Shop means I can help encourage shoppers to buy more ethically this holiday season.

I don’t often struggle to find what I need at an op shop but it can come down to good planning and plain old luck sometimes.  I accepted the challenge set down by Salvos Stores, to check out my local store to see if I could find a Christmas party outfit.  It’s great timing as I head out for a Christmas dinner with the team I volunteer with this weekend.

I hit my local store in Chelsea Heights, it’s big, well set out and the staff are always fun.  They have a great selection of ladies fashion and I began to pop a few things in my basket.

Tip – If you’re unsure put it in your basket!!!  I’m always reading about op shoppers who “ummmmm” and “aggghhh” only to stalk a more confident shopper who picked up that dress that may or may not be right for you in the hope they will change their minds.

I got lucky and found two outfits, now I need your help to decide which the winner is.

Outfit A – Do I go pretty in pinks with a floaty lined silk Sportscraft skirt matched with a lacy Forever New top and complimented with my vintage leather super soft clutch?

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Total cost of key pieces $16.50

Or do I pick

Outfit B – Boho in Black with a cool pocketed linen Jump dress, super sweet floral statement necklace and some charcoal flats?


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Total cost of key pieces $19.75

Yes both outfits I found were under $20, this is proof of why I and so many others around Australia love to op shop no matter what season it is!

Problem solved , I think I just find a second party to go to.

I hope op shoppers reading this far and wide have a wonderful Christmas making memories with family, friends and loved ones.  I’d also like to take the opportunity to say a big thank-you to all the volunteers that give up their time throughout the year to help support their chosen charities, promote recycling and bring joy to so many.  We op shoppers really do appreciate it.


Go check out Victoria’s blog I Love to Op Shop and her Facebook page

Christmas Challenge with Amy from Willowcurves


We handed over the reigns to one of our favourite thrifted fashion bloggers Amy from Willowcurves.

When Salvos Stores approached me to take part in their Six Week Christmas Advent project by styling a Christmas party outfit from op-shopped items, I knew it was a match made in heaven. It’s great to remember Salvos Stores when you’re looking for fancy clothes, not just fancy dress. So here’s my fancy op-shopped Christmas party outfit! Perfect for cocktails, dinner and dancing the night away.

Christmas is the season for giving, and also the season for get-togethers – not least of which the inevitable end of year work Christmas party. Whether you have a fun theme, something low key casual or a fancier event there will be something to suit at your local Salvos Store.IMG_3172.JPG


I decided to take a more cocktail approach to this challenge and the moment I saw this beautiful blue silk dress at Salvos Stores Kew I just knew that I would build my outfit around it. I’ve been on a bit of a blue kick since changing my hair to blue a few weeks ago! The flow and asymmetrical shape of this dress is just breathtaking. The flowing fabric can easily accommodate any festive excess, no shape wear required! And with a price tag of just $15.25 for a pure silk dress how could I refuse? Luckily the Salvos Stores Six Week Christmas Advent project was already in full swing and because I bought over $20 of clothing I got a further 20% off. For details on the current offer check the Facebook page.

IMG_3165.JPGI added some delicate heels with pops of orange and pink to compliment the bold sapphire blue dress and kept it simple with a vintage black clutch and mixed metal accessories. Simple makeup and a sassy pose finish off the look.

My top 3 tips for opshopping, be it for an upcoming Christmas party or any occasion, are:

  1. Don’t give up! Those racks hold treasure just waiting to be found
  2. Don’t limit yourself by the number on the tag. Sizes vary (especially with vintage), so get to know the shapes and fabrics that work well for you.
  3. Try everything on. Always. Even if you think it is a no brainer. Try on things that don’t have appeal on the hanger, or that you’re not sure about. Some of the best treasures I’ve found I almost overlooked.


Dress: Willow (silk) $15.25 (with 20% off) at Salvos Stores Kew

Shoes: Lipstik $15.25 at Salvos Stores Abbotsford

Clutch: Vintage $6.25 at Salvos Stores Ballarat