Sallies shop revives positive vibe
Pop-up store 'twice as cheap as $2 shop'SARAH DUNN
The staff at the Salvation Army's Nelson store demonstrated how to turn personal misfortune into happiness for others when they opened their new "pop-up" $1 store yesterday.
Located in the former Strawberry Sound premises, the Vanguard St store carries a variety of second-hand clothing and goods which all cost just $1. Its opening day yesterday was meant as a special shopping celebration for about 20 volunteers and local supporters, and it will be open to the public for the next two months.
Store manager Margaret Earney said the $1 store was initiated in response to a burglary that caused dismay and distress two weeks ago. Thieves entered the main Salvation Army building through a window downstairs before breaking into her office, trashing the room and taking off with a hidden safe which contained $1700.
"It was a bit of a distraction for a day," she said. "The focus was shifted for a bit and now we're shifting it back. When somebody suggested doing the pop-up shop I said ‘Let's do it right now so we can focus on something positive."
Income from the shop will also help to pay for storage space in the same premises that is used by the Salvation Army's main store.
Salvation Army corps officer Kenneth Walker described its goods as "twice as cheap as the $2 Shop", saying those who shopped at the religious organisation's second-hand stores contributed to a "win-win situation".
The Salvation Army uses donations and profits collected from its stores to fund charity work locally and internationally.
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