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Vinnies NSW chief executive officer Jack de Groot at the re-opening of the Newtown store (Facebook/Vinnies NSW)

A century has passed since the St Vincent de Paul Society opened its first store in New South Wales and while much has changed, the charity is still focused on helping those most in need. Source: AAP.

To celebrate 100 years of service to the community, Australia’s top designers are offering their wares to support the shops that have become known and loved around Australia as “Vinnies”.

Shoppers will get a chance to rummage for 100 hidden treasures sprinkled in Vinnies stores around NSW – with exclusive labels including Lee Mathews and Ellery among those on offer.

Other brands that have donated their wares for the op shop include: Bassike, Furla, Jac + Jack, Jets, Kathmandu, Matteau, Mulberry x Acne Studios, Sarah-Jane Clarke, Seafolly and Shona Joy.

Customers who bag a bargain at Vinnies until Sunday, November 6, also have the chance to win a vintage Chanel bag and a Delonghi coffee machine.

Vinnies reopened its Newtown store in Sydney’s inner west on Thursday, just down the road from the original store, to mark a century since its inception.

The first store opened in 1922 by members as a waste collection depot.

Vinnies stores have evolved to play an important role in helping people, especially as inflation soars and people face more financial pressure.


Vinnies marks centenary with treasure hunt (By William Ton AAP via Canberra Times)


Discover a treasure as part of 100 Years of Vinnies Shops (Vinnies NSW)