Our shops are open and ready to serve
Vinnies Victoria Shops excitedly opened its doors again at 58 metro Melbourne outlets as government retail restrictions eased.
Vinnies Brunswick was the first to throw open its doors at 6.00pm on Friday 29 October to the cheers of delight from volunteers and customers keen to resume their op-shopping passion.
The remainder of our metro shops reopened at 10.00am Saturday 30 October.
Anticipation had been building in the pre-loved shopping community online with many comments like, “we are counting down the days” and “can’t wait to be back”.
The team at Vinnies Shops deeply appreciate that people have been storing their donations at home until we were able to accept them again.
Donations will be heartily welcomed at all shops now that doors open. We ask people to bring their good-quality, pre-loved items into our shops so we can personally say ‘thank you’. More information is HERE.
Vinnies is also excited to announce that two new shops in Braybrook and Derrimut are fully stocked and now open. Both new shops are approximately 500sqm and bursting with goods.
Our market research showed that these shops, situated in Melbourne’s western suburbs growth corridor, is in a rapidly expanding population that demanded more Vinnies outlets.
While there will be a focus on major retailers reopening, we are looking forward to welcoming back the 80,000+ shoppers a week who normally visit our shops throughout the state.
The extended lockdowns have had a considerable impact on Vinnies Victoria’s revenue, which in turn impacted our profits that go back into helping our communities and Victorians experiencing hardship. The public’s support of our shops is more valued than ever as we recover from the pandemic.
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria CEO Sue Cattermole said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be opening our doors again. The revenue from our shops underpins a great deal of our work in the community, and the funds generated from our shops go towards assisting people in need and helping prevent tonnes of garments going to landfill. Shopping at Vinnies is a guilt-free experience, and you never know what treasure you’ll find. Welcome back op-shoppers!”
In accordance with government regulations, customers attending Vinnies Shops will not immediately be required to provide information on their vaccination status. Vinnies Shops will adhere to government regulations thereafter and
will outline entry requirements on appropriate signage. We expect our customers will kindly follow all necessary regulations, and thank them for their understanding.