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.

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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 blueumbrellalane.com 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!

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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.

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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

 

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.

–          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!

Address:

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

Sebastopol Salvos Stores has something for you!

Sebastopol Salvos Stores is a fun, friendly environment to come and be part of, as you browse for quality new and used items at great prices. We offer a fantastic, diverse range of goods including clothing, accessories, manchester, bric a brac, books, furniture, electrical and more!

We’ve had some great feedback about our modern merchandising and funky displays. We keep the store fresh and interesting with new stock arriving on the shop floor daily. We capture customers interest by providing the right product at the right price.

Situated on the corner of Gray and Beverin Streets in Sebastopol, our store is just one block from the main street… and well and truly worth the visit!

The staff are friendly and genuine…we make sure we have a good time at work too! We do our very best to make our store appealing and inviting, offering assistance and meeting customer needs. We have five permanent Staff, 10 volunteers and various community participants who help create a fun, positive environment in which to experience some good ‘retail therapy’.

Remember that shopping at Salvos Stores gives back a great deal to the community. We’re proud to be a big part of enabling various Salvation Army Welfare and Community Programs offer assistance to individuals and change lives for the better.

We offer a range of in-store discounts to help ensure you can always find a good buy, including:

  • Monday $2 Madness
  • 20% discount on Tuesdays for Pension and Health Care card holders
  • 20% discount on Wednesdays for Students
  • 20% discount for those who hold a Carers card, any day of the week
  • 50% discount on 1 of our 4 coloured tags each week!

We’d love to see you at Sebastopol Salvos Stores sometime soon. Please come in to say hello, drop off your quality donations, view our great range of stock or enquire about volunteering…anytime between 9.00 – 5.30 Monday-Friday and 9.00 – 5.00 Saturday.

-Posted by Melinda

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

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