FASH­ION­ABLE PUR­CHASES HELP­ING TO FUND VINNIES

Penrith Press - - NEWS -

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

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