Jade, store manager of Hunter Gatherer in Fitzroy, has worked with Brotherhood community stores since first volunteering in 2012. Today, she talks about her job and what she loves about it.
What does a day in your job look like?
A day in my job looks fun! I enjoy working with people so I like to have a couple of volunteers with me in my store throughout the day. We put together pretty visual merchandising displays, keep busy putting out lots of clothes for sale, and have fun chatting to the customers that pop in to see us while shopping on Brunswick Street.
Tell us a bit about your journey with the Brotherhood.
I first started volunteering at the St Kilda Hunter Gatherer store back in 2012 (which has since closed.) The idea of volunteering appealed to me and I had done some WWOOFing while abroad and I really enjoyed it. I have always loved op shops, and I loved my experience at the St Kilda store so much I quit my job to become a manager (second in charge) at the Brunswick store. I worked in that role for two years before moving in to my new role as the manager at Hunter Gatherer, Fitzroy.
What do you love about your job?
I love the people I get to meet. I enjoy the teaching aspect of my job, training new volunteers, and I gain a lot of satisfaction in seeing them build confidence and take initiative as they learn new skills in the workplace.
What is the best item you have seen donated to the store?
So many great things! An old Lewis Carroll book was donated to the Brunswick store last year that turned out to be a first edition copy that was worth some money. That was a nice moment.
What are your passions outside of work?
My health is important to me. I practise yoga and meditation daily, and I love to grow and make my own food at home.
How is your store run?
I work full time, I have a part-timer named Ryan, and then I have about 10 volunteers who work a minimum of four hours a week.
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