Magical land of pre-loved

Salvos Area Manager Steve Gillespie with Salvos Riverwood Manager Ben Samuels inside the refurbished store.

DUSTY, smelly and once considered the domain of the very poor or grannies searching for crocheted hankies, op shops have become a haven for hipsters, fashionistas, recyclers and bargain hunters and Riverwood Salvos is one of the stores leading the way.

Op shop comes alive after facelift

A huge refurbishment has seen the store come alive with a new layout and upgraded fixtures and lighting – all so that customers can get more out of their shopping experience in the magical land of pre-loved bargains.
Salvos Area Manager Steve Gillespie says secondhand certainly doesn’t mean second best.
“You’ll almost forget you’re in a secondhand store as most garments are either brand new or washed and pressed meticulously, with many designer brands on offer,” he said.
“If you’re heading to somewhere special or need some ‘new’ corporate attire or any other item of clothing or kitchenwares, be sure to start your thrifting journey at the Salvos.”
A community leader in recycling, the Salvos is where everything gets a second chance, Steve says.
“We also recycle cardboard, paper, crockery, metal and e-waste, keeping so much out of landfill,” he said.
“And the money we make goes back into the local community, funding school, housing and food programs. If people need help with electricity bills or medication costs, we can steer them in the right direction.
“You don’t have to be poor to shop at the Salvos and all quality donations are gratefully received. We always need volunteers too; if you’ve got three or four hours to spare, come in and help with donation sorting or serving the public.”
For more info, visit or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).