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! 🙂 

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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

 

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.

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Good for:
Accessories
Dresses
Shoes

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…

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Good for:
Vintage
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!

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Good for: 

Homewares
Art
Furniture
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!
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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.

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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 🙂

 

Salvos Stores Cheltenham- Styled By Myer

Our Cheltenham store is re-open for business! During the past few weeks the Salvos Stores team have been busy revamping the Cheltenham store; a little renovation to expand the store and painting the store front.

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But most excitingly, our lovely friends over at Myer kindly volunteered their visual merchandising talents to dress the store for the opening. Over the day the team remodeled the shop floor, dressed the gorgeous mannequins , shaped up some glamorous window displays and strung two charming shoe chandeliers, all using Salvos Stores stock.

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We’d like to thank Myer, Shop for Shops, Active Display Group, Creative Colour, SI Retail and Kangan.

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Doesn’t it look amazing? Head on down to Salvos Stores Cheltenham (1216 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham) this week to check out the great work of Myer and don’t forget, every time you donate good quality items at Salvos Stores in-store you can receive a $10 Myer gift voucher redeemable when you $50 on Myer exclusive brands.

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Join the Salvos Stores Club

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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 http://www.salvosstores.com.au/clubcard and we will post your card to your address!

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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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Upcycle your old tins and jars into some really fashionable vases

We just love interesting vases to pop our flowers in at Salvos Stores. There is nothing more beautiful that a mismatch of vases filled with flowers down the centre of a table. It really does put a smile on our faces.

Instead of just leaving your old glass jam jars simple, why not jazz them up with a little spray paint. That is just what DIY Inspired did in their latest blog post. Their simple step by step guide shows you just how to turn your old jars and tins into something truly spectacular.

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