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! 🙂 


Responsible Donating: Top Tips!

WE NEED YOU! (. . . and your donations)

People love to donate their old clothes and furniture. It’s quite magical to think that the coffee table you’ve shared many a cuppa on, could go to a new home for a whole new life. Sustainably, it’s magical too. Instead of going straight into the landfill, it can be reused and saved! Untitled design (1)

We rely on good quality donations from the public in order to fully function and to provide substantial funding to The Salvation Army Welfare Programs. So if you have a pair of boots collecting dust in the back of your wardrobe or any other goods that you think someone else could love, donate them to Salvos Stores.

Each year Salvos Stores spends in excess of $6M disposing of unsaleable items and rubbish that are left at our stores. This is a considerable amount which could be used to further assist those at need in our communities.

So check out our Salvos Stores Top Tips to Donate Responsibly!

1. Ask yourself if you would buy the item or if you would be comfortable giving it to a friend

If not, it’s probably not an item we would be able to sell. Make sure the items are clean, in good condition and if they are clothes, reasonably wrinkle free.

2. Check it’s not on our unsaleable list

Due to health and safety reasons we are unable to sell some items and some require appropriate health and safety regulations certified on them. Check if any of your donations are on this list before booking or going in-store.

3. Plan ahead

Plan when and where you are going to donate your goods. Find your Trucks5nearest store and opening hours here. Note: all Salvos Stores are closed on Sundays, but some remain open for donations only. Find a Sunday donation centre. Please don’t leave donations at stores outside of opening hours. Alternatively you can also book a home collection online.

4. Donate and feel amazing!

After donating, feel proud that you have saved items from going to landfill AND know that the sale of your item will contribute to the funding of The Salvation Army’s Programs.

Join the Salvos Stores Club


Today is a very exciting day for Salvos Stores, we are launching a very exclusive club, of which we want you, our customers, to be the members. The Salvos Stores Club is our way of saying thank you. Thank you for shopping with us and supporting us time and time again. We value you and your support enables us to continue to provide valuable funding to The Salvation Army Community Programs.

In all Salvos Stores across Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory; you will now be able to register and use your Salvos Stores Club Card.  You collect points on every purchase you make with your Club Card and when you’ve got 50 you can start redeeming these points against your purchases! What’s more we will keep you informed on any special events happening at your local Salvos Stores. You can either pick on up from store or register here and we will send you one.

Here’s how it works:

Can’t get to our store this week but want to join the club straight away (we definitely don’t blame you!) you can register online at and we will post your card to your address!

Are you as excited as we are?

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If you’re having any issues with your card you can always call 13 SALVO (13 72 58) and we’ll be happy to help you out so you can start redeeming your points!

Love Vintage Fashion? Love Salvos Stores!

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Late last week, we had a very special delivery to six Salvos Stores across Victoria….some beautiful vintage and retro fashions. These wonderfully unique items will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe, turning your simple black skirt into an outfit to make all your friends jealous!

These items are even more special as they go through a very unique process before hitting our shelves. They are provided to Marriott, a company who employs people with disability of varying degrees and provides them an opportunity for work that would not have been available to them otherwise. These wonderful employees steam the clothes and fix the buttons before sending them back to Salvos Stores.

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With ladies fashions in a variety of different styles, we are sure that among these beautiful racks you will find something truly unique just for you!

These items are available at:

  • Abbotsford Salvos Stores
  • Hampton Salvos Stores
  • Hoppers Crossing Salvos Stores
  • Malvern Salvos Stores
  • Ringwood Salvos Stores
  • Windsor Salvos Stores

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New location for our Melton Salvos Stores

Our Melton Salvos Stores has moved home!

Late in February we opened the doors on our fab new store in Melton (Unit 2, 86-88 High Street, Melton, VIC 3337). Image

This brand spanking new store has some fantastic stock items including fashion, accessories & bric-a-brac!


What is really exciting about this new location is that because it is so much bigger than our previous one, we now stock furniture & mattresses! So now Melton Salvos Stores has all your needs covered under the one roof!


As always we love accepting your generous donations & the staff and volunteers at Melton Salvos Stores will welcome them with open arms!

See you there soon! 🙂

Feature Store: Footscray

“I’m a collector of antiques and bric-a-brac…do you sell any?”

“I’m a Pensioner. Do you have any specials for people like me?”

 “So affordable…can I really get all of this for less than $20?”

 “This is probably a long shot but do you have any beds or wardrobes?”

“Do you get new stock often?”

As a staff member or volunteer at Footscray Salvos Stores, you can expect to get these kinds of questions frequently. I am happy to say that the answer to all these questions is YES.

With energetic, happy staff and volunteers, the Footscray store located on Barkly Street is a great place to find a range of items from knick-knacks, bric-a-brac to designer clothes – even furniture or toys for the little ones. Whether you are looking for vintage and antiques or items that are brand new or designer, the Salvos store in Footscray has something for everyone.

The store is well organised, with eye catching displays and easy to read signage. New stock comes in daily – keeping the shelves and racks well stocked. Customers often comment on how affordable the prices are and with the following deals, you can save even more:

–          Monday Madness: $2 for selected clothing.

–          Pensioner/Concession Tuesday: Simply show your pensioner or concession card at the counter to receive 20% off.

–          Student Wednesday: Simply show your student card at the counter to get 20% off.

–          Carer’s discount everyday: For carers, every day you can save 20% by showing your Carer’s Card at the counter (Victorian stores only).

–          50% off selected clothing everyday: Each week either the Blue, Yellow, Orange or Purple tags on clothing are 50% off. Simply ask a staff member what colour it is this week.

The friendly, clean environment makes Footscray Salvos Stores a great place to shop, to find hidden treasures and to have a laugh or two with the approachable staff and volunteers. Sustainability and the environment is important to Salvos Stores, so remember to bring a shopping bag with you or you can buy a reusable I Love Salvos bag for only $1 in store. All profits got to The Salvation Army to help people in need.

Pop in today and be surprised!


199 Barkly Street, Footscray

Ph: (03) 96897811

Trading Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am-5.30pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: Closed

To donate please call: 13 SALVOS (13 72 58)

-Posted by Sherley