Brotherhood Stores Blog

Working in an industry that is dependant on the public for support through volunteering and donations, our operations change from day-to-day which always keeping things exciting! Our blog offers us a chance to talk about interesting things in our sector such as upcycling (reworking recycled goods) as well as great stories about the weird and wonderful items donated, our history, and our dedicated volunteers and staff. 

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We are hoping to give our staff and volunteers some well-earned time off!

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The Children's Treasure House, inside cover

"I've been looking for this for some time," said the man about the book. "My wife and I were quite emotional when it arrived in the post." Some books are worth a lot more than even the words and illustrations on the page.

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Mike Tucker, the nephew of Fr Gerard Tucker, founder of the BRotherhood of St Laurence.

Mike Tucker, the great-nephew of Brotherhood founder, Fr Gerard Tucker, keeps the family connection alive through volunteering. Here he reminisces about his famous relative and talks shop about our community stores.

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Australians are a generous bunch with 300,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing and household goods donated each year!

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Volunteering with the Brotherhood led to a job for David Quinlan.

David only ever had casual work – a couple of weeks here, a month there. Volunteering for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, however, changed all that. It led to his first permanent job. And best of all, he enjoys it.

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Dealing with poverty in the past has included distributing free milk to school children, as this historic photograph from the Brotherhood of St Laurence's archives shows.

Almost a quarter of people who lifted themselves out of poverty are poor again one or two years later, according to a stark new analysis by the Brotherhood of St Laurence's Research and Policy Centre.

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Jade is our Hunter Gatherer Fitzroy store manager.

For more than a decade Hunter Gather Fitzroy has been an icon in the second-hand fashion scene. Through its eclectic mix of bric-a-brac, local artisan creations, books, records, fashion and accessories, Hunter Gatherer pays homage to pop culture past and present.

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Mohammed at work at the Social Enterprise warehouse

A successful electrical engineer in Iran, Mohammed was forced to leave his wife and children behind and flee for his life. Political unrest saw him escape to Australia by boat.

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Our model Nina is dressed exclusively in clothes purchased from Brotherhood Stores.

Headed to the races this spring? According to research analysts*, the average race goer spends $1287 on each individual visit to the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, with $53.2 million spent on fashion and beauty across the Spring Racing Carnival.

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One from the archives

At first glance, our City Hunter Gatherer store is just another vintage op shop and social enterprise, but it actually holds a wealth of Melbourne history.

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