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