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National Op Shop Week 2017

National Op Shop Week 2017

Sunday 27th August - Saturday 2nd September

To celebrate National Op Shop Week, Salvos Stores is giving you an insight into the lifecycle of a garment and to spread awareness of the importance of reusing, reinventing and upcycling by becoming a ‘Style Revivelist’.

What is National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week raises awareness of the importance of supporting your local op shop to help your local community and the environment.  This year National Op Shop Week will run from Sunday 27th August to Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Life Cycle of Donated a Garment 

In 2016, Salvos Stores diverted 30,000 tonnes of donated items from landfill. Across Australia 83% of women have clothes in their wardrobe that they have only worn once or twice, and 62% own clothes that have never been worn or still have tags on.  During National Op Shop Week Salvos Stores is encouraging more people to shop and donate unwanted items to help those in need and the environment.

What is a ‘Style Revivalist’

Style Revivalist


A super cool earth loving being who believes in reusing, reinventing and recycling their fashion.

To restore to life or consciousness.

Style Revivalist Sessions

Join Salvos Stores & eco-stylist, Faye De Lanty for our free Style Revivalist sessions.

Learn the basics of being eco chic with simple tips to customise your clothes, how to save money and op shop like a stylist.

  • Townsville – Monday 7th August @ 10am – Currajong Salvos Store, 2/216-230 Woolcock Street
  • Brisbane – Monday 14th August @10am – Red Hill Salvos Store, 80 Glenrosa Road
  • Gold Coast – Monday 14th August @ 2pm – Nerang Salvos Store, Shops 4-5 23-25 Station Street
  • Illawarra – Monday 28th August @ 10am – Wollongong Salvos Store, 48 Kenny Street
  • Western Sydney – Monday 28th August @ 2pm – Minchinbury Salvos Store, 4 Archbold Road
  • Hunter – Tuesday 29th August @ 10am – Newcastle Salvos Store,900 Hunter Street
  • Central Coast - Tuesday 29th August @ 2pm – W. Gosford Salvos Store,30B Central Coast Hwy
  • Eastern Sydney – Wednesday 30th August @ 10am – St Peters Salvos Store,7 Bellevue Street
  • ACT – Friday 1st September @ 2pm – Phillip Salvos Store, Shop 7 Phillip Market Place

Sydney Event – Salvos Curated

Be inspired by pre-loved and vintage wear at a pop-up sustainable fashion market with heart.

Salvos Stores and Faye De Lanty have teamed up with Wardrobe Crisis author Clare Press for a three-day event. The event includes a Salvos Curated exhibition, pop up store and upcycling workshops, and will run from August 31st to September 2nd.

The unique pop-up will see more than 2,000 garments for sale each day, hand-picked from Salvos Stores by Faye De Lanty and Clare Press.  One-off donated items from prominent Australian designers, celebrities and fashion editors will be auctioned with all profits from the event going to The Salvation Army to assist in funding social programs and supporting those less fortunate.

Salvos Curated seeks to present a vision for the op shopped wardrobe and will showcase the hidden style stories behind pre-loved garments, and how to reinvent pieces with DIY craft sessions hosted by guest bloggers and well-known eco fashion faces.

The event opens at Comber Street Studios, 5 Comber Street, Paddington at 6pm on Thursday 31st August and will run from 9am – 5pm on Friday 1st September and 9am – 2pm on Saturday 2nd September.

There are limited spaces available for opening night, please register your attendance here:


Sale Day

On Monday 28th August, to celebrate National Op Shop Week, all Salvos Stores in QLD, NSW and ACT will be offering 50% off all pre-loved items, making it the perfect time to become a Style Revivalist.


Salvos Style Revivalist Instagram Competition

Be a Salvos Style Revivalist and win!

For your chance to win 1 x $500 gift card;

  1. Follow My Salvos Stores on Instagram.

  2. Purchase an item from Salvos Stores and revive it.

  3. Snap a selfie and post it on Instagram.

  4. Tell us in 25 words or less why you love being a Salvos Style Revivalist.

  5. Use hashtags  #salvosstylerevivalist  #savewithmysalvosstores

Competition begins 27/8/17 and ends at 11.59pm AEST 2/9/17.  Open to Australian residents only.  For full terms & conditions

What eco stylist Faye De Lanty says about the life cycle of garments in Australia…

Eco-stylist, TV fashion commentator and ambassador for Salvos Stores Faye De Lanty says the lifecycle of a garment in Australia has been reduced almost to a “single wear” with Australians purchasing over 20kg of new clothing each on average per year.

“When you donate an item to a Salvos Store, it’s just the beginning of its repurposed lifecycle, rather than the end. Your old pair of jeans or lived in leather biker jacket gets a new start rather than being destined for the bin. We restyle them in store, reinvent them with customisation and sometimes they’ll end up in a fashion parade or featured on the tele. 

“Over 90% of what the community sends to landfill can be reused and resold, and by saving it from landfill you’re helping the less fortunate, while getting an eco-chic look for less.”

How shopping at Salvos Stores helps the community

Salvos Stores fund community work across a range of areas including aged care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, crisis and support accommodation, youth support and more. By shopping and donating at your community Salvos Store you are supporting the mission and programs of The Salvation Army. Salvos Stores nationally each year, is providing $35 million for the good works of The Salvation Army. Find your nearest Salvos Stores by entering your postcode above.

Salvos Stores use all their proceeds to fund vital work in the community on a weekly basis. This includes:

  • 1 Million Australians helped by The Salvation Army every year.
  • 2,500+ Food vouchers given every week
  • 3,000+ young people assisted by Youth Support Services
  • 4,000+ People contacted recovery services for help
  • 22,500+  people placed into work and education
  • 30,000+ young people contacted each year through street ministry and drop-in centres
  • 80,000+ people assisted by financial crisis relief services
  • 138,000+ people assisted by our emergency services following disasters
  • 800,000+ people temporarily accommodated by homelessness services