Thursday, 14 April 2011

hunter gatherer comes to moonee ponds

Find your hidden treasure at revamped Brotherhood store in Moonee Ponds

Bargain hunters are in for a treat, with a complete refurbishment of the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s community store in Moonee Ponds giving the shop a vibrant new look and feel. With a great new range of products to choose from, it’s the perfect place to unearth top quality recycled goods at excellent prices.

Following a three-week closure for the makeover, the store’s re-opening week celebrations will kick off on Monday 18 April at 10.00am. Customers are invited to check out the striking transformation and munch on a sausage on bread from the BBQ, which will be sizzling throughout opening week. Children will love the free face painting on Easter Saturday (23 April), and the store’s new Kids Corner, perfect for keeping little ones amused while their parents shop in peace.

The new hunter gatherer and Brotherhood Books sections in the Margaret Street shop will entice local shoppers, especially fans of gorgeous vintage fashions and pre-loved books.

The hunter gatherer range will feature top quality vintage clothing and accessories, including frocks, blouses, handbags, skirts, coats, trousers, hats, jewellery and shoes. All are specially handpicked from the hundreds of thousands of pre-loved wardrobe items donated each year to the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s 27 community stores across Victoria. The hunter gatherer range includes handmade accessories from local Melbourne designers, all crafted from recycled and vintage materials.

And customers are advised to allow plenty of time to peruse the wide variety of books, ranging from children’s titles to recent bestsellers to collectables, all carefully selected from online second-hand bookstore, Brotherhood Books.

The store will also stock a selection of top international fashion brands at low prices, from names like Mavi, Bolle, Calvin Klein and OshKosh B’Gosh. But supplies will be limited, so it’s first in, best dressed!

The Brotherhood’s Moonee Ponds community store has been a much-loved part of the local area for 10 years. Store manager Vinh Moc hopes their many loyal customers will like the shop’s bright and modern appearance.

‘The Moonee Ponds store is being repainted inside and out, and features new fittings, an improved heating and cooling system, and energy-efficient lighting thanks to Brotherhood Green. We hope visitors love what they find.’

Vinh says people who shop there will also be helping Australians in need at the same time.

‘Our customers can feel good knowing they are helping the Brotherhood of St Laurence deliver its programs and services that help disadvantaged people right across Australia. The Brotherhood’s work benefits the very young to the elderly – so there’s another good reason to pay us a visit.’

Visit the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s revamped community store at 24 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds, opposite Moonee Ponds railway station. Open Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 5.00pm


secondhandrose said...

I was in Moonee Ponds last week and noticed they were working on the store. Look forward to seeing how it is once it reopens.

Anonymous said...

Went in today as I was shopping on Puckle st.
Wasn't impressed actually!
Buildings nice, staff were friendly, everything's neat but the prices were, well...pricey.
The Hunter Gatherer section looks awesome, but I have a thing against clothes that in any op shop would be in with the rest of them, but as soon as someone decides they fit the style, they get labelled 'vintage' and the price sky rockets. They're still the same, second hand clothes!
($44 for a second hand dress?)

Still had heaps of nice stuff, just couldn't bring myself to buy any!
Big shoe section as well, wasn't quite finished when I got there though.