The Recycled Superstore
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Whilst browsing in a small local op shop last week, a shop assistant asked “what are you looking for?” What am I looking for? In an op shop? Well I wanted to reply.. size 10 Sass & Bide blue Jeans from 2004 with slight wear on the knee, and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s in a size 7? Because really, who goes out to look for a specific item of clothing or bric a brac in a second hand shop? If I go op shopping or market browsing, I’ll go looking for everything, something or nothing! But never have a particular item in mind. Isn’t it the experience of second hand shopping finding something you realised you didn't really need, but buy it because it is an absolute bargain? Over half of my wardrobe consists of accidental purchases, and I like it that way!
However, there is a place where I believe you can second shop with a certain something in mind and quite often find it; Savers – The Recycle Superstore. Savers, a privately held for-profit thrift store chain offering second hand shopping. With more than 200 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, Savers receives its merchandise by paying cash to non-profit organisations for donated clothing and household items.
There are six Savers stores in Australia, all of which in Victoria; Brunswick, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston, Greensborough and Shepparton. I took a visit to the Frankston double story retail outlet. For those that hate to rummage in op shops where there is no order, Savers is the easy option with rows upon rows of clothes organised by item, size and colour. I love the fact that Savers also has baskets with pull handles like little shopping trolleys. (I’ll take a picture of one next time).
I wouldn’t consider Savers to be your run of the mill of the op shop; in fact many wouldn’t consider Savers to be ‘charity’ shop at all with talk of only 3% of profits actually going to charities. Savers buy goods that are donated to charities which are then marked up in price, and sold to the general public via their retail stores. Regardless, Savers is a lot of fun for the second hand shopper seeking out some recycled fashion pieces at very reasonable prices.
16 - 22 Playne St
(03) 9783 1711
Mon - Wed 9:30am – 6pm
Thur - Fri 9:30am – 9pm
Sat 9:30am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 5pm
When donating clothes to charity however, it might be better to do so to other known opportunity chains or smaller shops. An interesting article about donating goods to Savers in The Age 2007