FASHIONABLE PURCHASES HELPING TO FUND VINNIES
BRIC-A-BRAC and clothing bargains were on offer yesterday when St Vincent de Paul threw open the doors to their latest thrift store.
The charity settled on Jordan Springs as the location for their newest outlet to plug a gap in their western Sydney network.
“We have been looking for a site between Penrith, Windsor and Richmond,’’ said Phillip Basti, St Vincent’s retail and operations manager. “Then we saw Jordan Springs was a greenfield site and it perfectly suited our needs.’’
The 100sqm store will stock quality second-hand clothing, accessories, books, toys and homewares.
Mr Basti said the charity, which also provides help with utility bills amongst other services, found discounted fashion was a huge drawcard for their stores: “Probably 70 per cent of our sales are ladies fashion.’’
Susan Goldie, from St Vincent’s Parramatta Central Council, said “funds generated by our shops ... provide services for people in local communities across Western Sydney who are experiencing disadvantage’’.
“(The store’s) support Western Sydney Vinnies services such as our Vinnies Van and our community hubs. We also provided over $1.5 million of assistance to the local community, helping over 14,000 people,’’ she said
■ The Jordan Springs store, at 56-66 Lakeside Parade, is seeking volunteers to help man the store. For details visit vinnies.org.au
Volunteer Diane Stewart helps out shopper Tegan Lane, 12, of Cranebrook.
Picture: Justin Sanson