St Vincent de Paul calls out for helpers
THE aftermath of the holiday season has given the Vinnies’ second-hand shop in Monto a good problem to have – too much stock and a need to sort it.
As a result of generous locals donating stock from their Christmas clean-outs, the shop is currently inundated with clothing, books and general bric-a-brac.
Shop manager Janine Krueger and volunteers had been flat-out sorting and pricing the goods but were in desperate need of more volunteers to help.
“We are calling on anyone who could spare some time to consider volunteering,” Mrs Krueger said.
“We need volunteers to help sort the donations, to assist in store with customer service, with merchandising and to process sales behind the counter.
“Our volunteers have a great time; it’s such a friendly environment, and a great way to give back to the community.”
Mrs Krueger said the holiday season was the busiest time every year, but this year the turnout had been particularly noteworthy.
“People bring in anything, if they’re doing a clean-out, they just bring in clothing, furniture, whatever they’ve got,” Mrs Krueger said.
“It’s all for sale, so everything that we make in the store pretty much goes back into the community through the programs we run, the welfare and assistance side of things.”
Clothing is the biggest donation item in the store.
Out the front of the shop, one can see the racks of clothes and shelves of second-hand knick-knacks on display.
Behind the counter things are even more chaotic, with the storage area filled with old toys, furniture, clothing and more.
The shop is still looking for donations of furniture items, and offers an option for Vinnies’ trucks to pick up good quality donations if people are unable to transport it.
“People are always in need of furniture, it’s an expensive part of starting a home,” Mrs Krueger said.
“Items such as beds and chairs are in high demand, but Vinnies can only accept items in good condition.”
“A good rule of thumb is that if you would give it to a friend, then we would gratefully accept it as a donation.”
Those looking to volunteer can either visit the shop directly on 44 Lister Street, Monto or call Janine on 4992 2808.
Vinnies Monto full of items donated during the holidays.