Bargains on Kelly Street: St Vincent de Paul sets up shop in Scone

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: St Vincent de Paul Maitland/Newcastle president John McKendry officially opened the store with volunteers on Monday morning.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: St Vincent de Paul Maitland/Newcastle president John McKendry officially opened the store with volunteers on Monday morning.

SCONE residents hoping to snag a bargain welcomed the opening of a brand new Vinnies shop in a prime location on Kelly Street this morning.

It’s the 30th store in the Hunter opened by St Vincent de Paul, which is putting almost $2.5 million back into the community each year to help people facing hardship such as homelessness, financial struggles, mental health issues or disabilities.

St Vincent de Paul’s executive officer for the Hunter Denise Lucas said the first Vinnies shop in New South Wales opened in 1922, now there are almost 100.

“There’s a Vinnies shop in almost every suburb and country town and we’re very excited to finally be here in Scone, we’ve been looking for a long time,” she said.

“There are 7000 volunteers across New South Wales that work in our Vinnies shops.

“We couldn’t manage to do the sort of work that we do without those volunteers raising funds that go back to help the people in need.

“We’re very grateful for our volunteers that have all been working very hard the last couple of weeks to get all the stock in the shops and we’re grateful for the support of the shop locally and the donations.”

Locals gathered to view the totally refurbished premises at 185 Kelly Street, right next door to the Post Office, on Monday morning and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pre-loved goods stocked on the shelves.​

So far they have already recruited 10 or more volunteers, but say they are always on the hunt for a helping hand.

Staff are also seeking good quality donations which can be dropped off at the shop during opening hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

All funds raised at Vinnies shops provide financial assistance to those experiencing disadvantage in the local community.

For further information or to register your interest as a volunteer, please call 02 4967 6277 or email maitland.newcastle@vinnies.org.au

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