V is for………………

Have you heard of Vinnies


I know many Australians have
It stands for anything to do with the St. Vincent De Paul’s Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 130 countries and has over 950,000 members.

They run fabulous op-shops called just that – Vinnies Shops

You’ll often find me at Vinnies
donating – actively looking for something – or just rummaging around
never knowing what might turn up timthumb

What I like about Vinnies unlike some of the other national charity shops
is that any money raised/profit at a local branch stays in that area
It doesn’t go into a national pot

Vinnies and other Opportunity shops or Op shops
as they are called here in Australia – known in other countries as
Thrift shops/ Charity shops
have come into their own over the past few years

I got to know them back in the 1970s
They were then, and still are, fabulous places to get a bargain
Children grew so fast so for us all those years ago – when as I’ve explained before we were a bit short of cash – so it was mostly the clothing line that made the journey home
But often there were books and sometimes toys.

There are lots of reasons people shop at Vinnies

It encourages recycling, saves useable stuff going to the tip.
others can use what you no longer need
Sheets and linens and crockery are usually a good buy
And of course theres also the chance you could find something that is collectable

These days it’s become trendy for some to be dressed in clothes bought there
(think Retro/Vintage)
so watch out as it isn’t always little old ladies you’ll bump into flicking the hangers along the rack lol

Like many I’m thrifty (but not to the point of being penny pinching)
and never pay full price if I can help it.
It’s not that many years ago I picked up 4 almost brand new tennis racquets
for the grandkids to use here in the backgarden

That’s me being frugal and thrifty – buying second hand things
with lots of life still left in them.  My small payment is also helping others.

I’ve been good at clearing out cupboards recently and the car is chockers with stuff to donate to our local Vinnies – might just have a look round the store while I’m there ‘cose you never know what you’ll find lol

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14 thoughts on “V is for………………

  1. I love to visit charity shops. It’s like a treasure hunt, and you never know what will turn up! When I was in London my route from the underground station to my B&B went past three of them and I was able to fill the nooks and crannies of my suitcase with books to take home that aren’t available in the US. 50 p each, what a bargain!

    What is the difference between penny pinching and thrifty? I don’t think there is a difference here.


  2. I used to love charity shops but now, in the U.K., they are becoming more and more businesses – high end stuff being syphoned off to wealthier areas where they charge top dollar – so the chance of finding s real bargain is much reduced.
    I still go there for books, though.


  3. Haven’t heard of The St Vincent de Paul Society, in ages!!!

    What a wonderful place “Vinnies” must be. Both for recycling your own items, and for purchasing needed ones.

    And I too, like the idea, that it stays local.

    Gentle hugs,


  4. I’ve not heard of Vinnies before but keeping the profits in the local area is a good idea. Now remember – 1 thing in means 2 things out!
    Love from Mum


  5. In Ireland, they are fondly referred to as VdeP’s, but I have not come across any (so far) in Northern Ireland. In my town alone, we have five charity shops. I check them out for jigsaw puzzles. My sister loves them, so I have a go and then pass them on to her.


  6. We have St. Vincent de Paul shops here. I have never heard them referred to as Vinnies before except by my daughter and I. if I bought her some clothes there she was always concerned about what to answer if her friends asked what store she found a particular outfit. I told my daughter to tell them we shopped at Vinnies. Now to read your post makes me smile.


  7. I haven’t been into an op shop for years. Since the kids grew up I don’t have as much stuff to donate, as I wear my clothes till they fall apart. Also I don’t like shipping for me so I never do unless it’s to go somewhere fancy and even then I’ll borrow before buying. But I remember the days I’ll go in to drop off bags of clothes and sometimes come back with bags of goodies hehe


  8. Love my local Vinnies too, Cathy. Vinnies are my first charity of choice to donate to. I trust their work and use of funds. Good to know the money raised is able to be used by the local group/church.


  9. Hi Cathy, I visited quite a few Op Shops when I visited my sister in Australia a few years ago. We hired a camper and drove up to Townsville to visit other relatives and stopped in lots of small towns on the way, where I often popped in to the Op shops when I got the chance. I’ve still got some of the clothes and vintage fabrics I bought. I do need to make something with them. Must do that. Not sure if they were Vinnies shops. I have heard of St Vincent de Paul though. I love the name Op Shop, has a really positive feel to it.


  10. I give all my bits to the Salvation Army (Sally Annes) as it is a life choice for them rather than just a hobby. They are amazing and do some great work. The main thing though is that it goes somewhere, does some good and isn’t wasted.


  11. Never seen it referred to as “Vinnie’s” but I’m certainly familiar with the St Vincent De Pauls Society. I’m not sure where the nearest store to be is but I’m sure there are several in my area. It’s a great way to get rid of unused things. My wife and I donate our stuff to Goodwill which is near to us. The yearly tax write off for donations helps.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out


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