Our doors may be closed temporarily but Vinnies eBay is going stronger than ever!
In response to the Victorian Government directives to close retail stores across Victoria, Vinnies Shops sadly closed their doors at 1pm Saturday 21 August and will remain closed until the government lifts restrictions.
Like many retailers, the shutdown has had and continues to have a huge financial impact on running the organisation's operations due to the significant loss of revenue from our 110 shops each week.
Without the direct government support to the employer (the former JobKeeper program), we have had to regrettably inform all of our retail staff of stand-down procedures for this period. We also informed central office staff of a reduction of their fortnightly working hours.
As with all decisions that impact our people adversely, we have not taken this decision lightly, acknowledging that there will be a reduction in services from central office with these reduced hours. Unfortunately, COVID lockdowns have also impacted our regular drop-in and pick-up donation services. We hope to have all our Vinnies Shop services up and running as soon as restrictions are eased.
The loss of income due to the closure of our Vinnies Shops remains one of our biggest challenges, but on a far-more positive note, it was heartening to see our online shop Vinnies eBay featured in a Sydney Morning Herald article and on ABC radio.
Our Victorian eBay online shop has gone from strength to strength during the pandemic – demand has increased 8-9 fold. Vinnies Victoria eBay has benefited from a number of donations of designer wear recently, and is ready for business 24/7.
General Manager Retail, Jeff Antcliff told the SMH that the shop had many international customers too. “We can see it by where we are sending goods ... into Venezuela, Russia - they love Nike.”