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


A day in the life of the Salvos Stores CEO’s personal assistant

Below are details of an average working day as Allen’s personal assistant. As you can see, things can be quite hectic as the personal assistant for the CEO of one of Australia’s largest not for profits!

7.30am – Arrive at the office, set up Allen’s desk ready for his day ahead.

7.35am – Allen arrives, get Allen’s coffee (the most important job of the morning!)

7.45am – Check emails and respond to the 20-30 that have arrived overnight.

8.30am – Compile today’s to do list (bringing the items that did not get done yesterday onto today’s list!)

8.45am- Check phone messages and respond accordingly.

9.00am – Three more emails come through that need to be actioned today – Redo to do list.

9.30am – Need to call Sean in WA, realize it is 6.30am there and this will have to wait.

10.00am – The flow of staff needing Allen’s signature starts, I start the signing pile, this will save some time if Allen signs everything at one time later in the day.

10.30am – Realise I have not worked on one item from the to do list yet!

10.45am – Four people arrive at my desk all wanting to see Allen now! I find time in Allen’s calendar for everyone.

11.00am – Its conference time soon so I start to work on the accommodation lists. This involves chasing up all the forms which have not been returned and then allocating all staff with the person they have elected to share with.

12.00pm – An issue has come up and a staff member needs flights and accommodation booked so they can travel in two days time!

12.30pm – Lunch time. Sometimes eaten at my desk other times in the tea room which usually involves a few laughs with the HR team.

1.00pm – Back to the accommodation lists – Four different staff would like to share with one particular person (popular staff member); this is not going to work!

1.20pm – More emails arrive with items to be added to the to do list.

1.30pm – More forms and invoices arrive for Allen to sign.

2.00pm – My head is spinning with names and room numbers, might be time to check that to do list again.

2.15pm – A customer has called me to make a complaint, it takes a lot of time to hear the complaint and then reason with the customer and explain on behalf of Salvos Stores.

2.40pm – Go to the bathroom and discover three people have slipped past my desk and are standing at Allen’s door all wanting to see him now!

2.45pm – Remember I needed to call Sean from this morning.

3.00pm – Two emails arrive and staff have decided they would like to change the person they are sharing with at conference, this will involve rejigging all of the work I have done earlier.

3.30pm – Finally begin the first item on my to do list.

4.00pm – With one item on my to do list completed and some conference work completed it has been a successful day!

4.30pm – Time to drive home, usually involving the running of tomorrow’s to do list through my head.

5.00pm – Home finally, usually have a quick look at my emails to make sure nothing important has popped up while I was away from my computer. Also send myself emails because I have remembered extra items that should be on the ever growing to do list.

– Posted by Michelle

Behind the scenes at Abbotsford TVC shoot

Entering the Abbotsford Salvos Stores at 8.00am, adrenalin pumping and excited for the days ahead, I was immediately blown away by the transformation the store had undertaken. This was no longer a Salvos Store… it was a set… and by the sheer size of the lighting rigs and camera equipment, it could have been a movie set!

It was evidently clear the crew had already been working busily away to get everything set up and ready to go. Once the actors started arriving, had their hair and makeup done, were styled by the fabulous Claire, we were ready to get down to business.

But something I learned quickly, it’s not all as simple as that…

Each shot has to go through a tedious set up process. First the camera men and Director discuss the scene and set up the camera in the best possible angle. Then the lighting guy goes to work. Our lighting guy, Pete, was quite the lighting mastermind! He made a clever little rig he set up out of materials lying around to make one scene look like the morning sun was coming through venetian blinds. Genius!

Then comes the set dressing process. It was all hands on deck to set dress each scene. No detail is over looked in set dressing. Everything in view if the camera needs to be considered, every article of clothing, every vase, every cushion… everything!

Then there is the colour blocking. Looking on the test screen you might realise you need something red on the right side of the screen or something green on the bottom left side, but the beauty of a set in Salvos Stores, it’s like shooting in a prop shop! We had everything we needed at our fingertips. We had a great time looking through some of the incredible donations and giving them new life in the eyes of the camera.

Once all this is done its go time! That’s when it’s time for the actors and the director to work their magic, bringing the script to life. Then of course the process starts all again for the next scene.

Myself and some of the crew actually got to make a bit of an appearance in the Donate TVC, granted we are blurry because it’s a time lapse scene, but there you have it, my 15 (micro) seconds of fame!

Thanks to the Director, Producer, Actors, Cameramen, Grip, Stylist, Stage Hands, Assistants and everyone else who helped out, we wrapped up two very successful days.

So even though I have just pulled back the curtain and revealed the magic of oz, I hope you’ll enjoy the final products…







-Posted by Simmone