Drysdale Salvos Stores Welcomes You!

The Salvos Stores in Drysdale is located at the end of Mortimer Street, which runs off Murrodock Road in Drysdale. Our store has a lot to offer. With our great customer service we have created an in store shopping experience for men, women and children.

We have a children’s section which caters for clothing from size zero to teenage. Not to mention, lots of toys to choose from!The men’s clothing sections has been extended with a good selection of suits, jackets, pants, work wear and t-shirts.

Our ladies section carries over 4000 items of quality clothing. There is clothing in all shapes and sizes and something for everyone.If you are in the market for furniture and bedding, we have a range of various styles for you to choose from. If you can’t find anything, come back in a week and a new selection will be available. We stock new and donated mattresses and manchester to complete the look.For op shop addicts, we are the perfect stop over. Come in a browse our store, check out the jewellery, hand bags, accessories, bric a brac, sporting items, pictures and frames, records, CDs and electrical items. If books are your thing, pop into our large book section, you will be sure to find your next read at Drysdale Salvos Stores.

– Posted by Peter

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Presentation is the key

My role as Salvos Stores Marketing Coordinator involves me spending much time visiting Salvos Stores. A keen vintage shopper myself, this expands to not only at work but on the weekends as well.

Last year, Salvos Stores decided to close down their old store in Chapel Street, after 15 years at that location. The store has been very successful due to wonderful staff and volunteers as well as being the ideal location for vintage shoppers. Salvos Stores wanted to open up a bigger space and was able to get the lease to the old Patterson Cake Shop site. Regional Manager Kim wanted to ensure the new store was different to anything that had previously been done at Salvos Stores.

Seeing the store finally open in December has been exciting to see the finished product of everyone’s hard work. While the store was opening in Melbourne, I was holidaying in New York. While I was there I stumbled across two different Salvation Army stores – one in Brooklyn and one in Soho.

Not being able to resist I went inside the stores to have a look around. The stores were nightmarish. They were unorganised, run down and the clothing there would have no way measured up to Salvos Stores standards.

It was a nice feeling being able to compare these stores to the ones I frequently visit and feel really impressed and proud of the standards Salvos Stores strives to achieve in their stores every day. It is frequently mentioned how the organisation has transformed over the last five years. I now realise how true that statement is.

The Windsor Salvos Stores was officially launched on the 2nd of March with an Auction Night. According to a young teenage girl who walked into the store last week it is ‘the best op shop ever!’

Keep an eye on the Salvos Stores Facebook page for more information on Salvos Stores.

-Posted by Bridget

Welcome to the Salvos Stores blog

This blog will give you an insight into the world of Salvos Stores. Various people will be contributing to this blog including store staff and volunteers, and members of Operations and Support Office.

These contributions will tell you about Salvos Stores from a variety of points of view, and what Salvos Stores means to them.

A good way to start the Salvos Stores blog is to provide a brief history of Salvos Stores and how it got to the place it is today.

Our Vision

We are the leading and most sustainability-conscious recycling charity retailer in Australia.

Our Mission

To provide our services in harmony with Christian principles, professionally and efficiently, as well as in an environmentally-responsible manner, thereby maximising funding for Salvation Army programs.

Our Values

  • Compassion and professionalism in our actions and ethics
  • Extraordinary service to our customers
  • Consideration for the environment in our daily work
  • Outstanding quality in everything we do
  • Growth and development of our people

About Salvos Stores

Salvos Stores is the retail arm of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory and operates over 200 retail stores in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Salvos Stores operates as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre-loved goods and relying heavily on the generosity of the public.

Salvos Stores maintains a professional retail network and dedicated store staff, professional Support Office and a great team of retail managers.

All profit from the sale of goods at Salvos Stores contributes to invaluable community programs operated by The Salvation Army.

History of Salvos Stores

Salvos Stores has been in existence in various forms since the 1880’s. The Salvation Army Prison Gate Brigade initiated a salvage works program which acted as work therapy for those coming out of prison. The profits from sales funded the program.

Thrift shops opened throughout the Territory and each state had a central collection and distribution centre. This work became known as The Red Shield Industries and provided work therapy for people in the homelessness and rehabilitation programs. This financed The Salvation Army’s social programs.

In the early 1990’s there was a structural change and The Red Shield Industries was re-named The Salvation Army Family Stores. The Salvation Army rehabilitation programs and the retail arm were now separate entities.

In 2006 the name was changed to Salvos Stores.