Today we celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the opening of our Charity Shop, SOUL Inc. Over the last two years we have up-cycled and sold many pieces of furniture and other items donated to us by the generous public. Slowly we are making a name for ourselves as more and more people hear about us and spread the word.
The shop was started by Eileen & Patty, the amazing twin sisters who started SOUL Inc. 12 years ago. Eileen has been the talent who has styled the shop and come up with many of the up-cycling ideas. The twins made the difficult decision earlier in the year to step away from SOUL to spend some much-deserved time with their beautiful families. The new owners, Greg & Sam, and the rest of the SOUL team of volunteers are keen to continue creating & selling beautiful, quality items and continue the twins’ legacy.
We sell a number of items in our shop such as baby items and baby clothes, bric a brac, accessories, china, ornaments and second-hand furniture including up-cycled furniture. All of these items are donated to us, and all the profits made from the shop help to support our other two charities, SOUL Soup Patrol which helps the financially disadvantaged in our area, and SOUL Care that helps vulnerable pregnant women.
Over the last couple of years, our talented team of re-purposers have created some beautiful, unique pieces. We have experimented with different colours and techniques and will continue to try new things in the future.
Some of the styles that we specialise in are Hampton’s, Coastal and French Country, but we also like to experiment with other styles, so there is something for everyone’s tastes.
We have a talented seamstress who makes a range of handmade cushions and table runners which we also sell in our shop.
We also have a volunteer who specialises in vinyl cutting and makes a range of signs with inspirational quotes as well as cushions with inspirational quotes.
At this time of the year, we also have a Christmas section in our shop where we sell a range of Christmas ornaments such as candles, napkin holders, glasses, plates, teddies and other items. We have children’s toys and all sort of beautiful items in store that will make wonderful gifts. This year we will also have a range of Christmas cushions.
If you are shopping for gifts, we have all sorts of treasures in our shop. From jewellery & scarves, to ornaments, knick knacks, pictures, artificial flower arrangements and children’s toys and teddies
We sell baby items and also baby clothes. We provide our customers with a box and they can fill it with second-hand baby clothes for $2.
If you have items that you wish to donate to our shop, we accept the following items:
We are always looking for amazing volunteers to be part of our friendly team. We are always looking for re-purposing volunteers to up-cycle the furniture, kitchen volunteers, shop volunteers, volunteers to pick up and deliver furniture and all-rounders, who can help in what-ever area is required. Up-cycling involves painting & varnishing, sanding, assembling furniture, upholstering, and we are always looking for people with woodworking skills. We are also always looking for volunteers for our standby list for the soup run. You can get more info on that here
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 2 years and prior. We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of our amazing community. We look forward to what the next year brings.