Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Savers – Greensborough


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Savers was founded in the USA by Bill Ellison in 1954. By the 1980’s they had expanded into Canada and more recently in 2010 into Australia. They have become very popular due to the size of the stores and range of items you can buy.

This photo (above) is of the Greensborough store in the middle of the day. I estimate around 150 + people in the store including kids.

Note: Savers stores are huge and if you’re just browsing you’ll need an hour or so. However, if you’re on a mission to just find one thing in particular, it’s pretty easy to source. My girlfriend gets totally overwhelmed at Savers stores, finding the quantity too much to think about. However, I tend to go to Savers only when I’m looking for something in particular that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere.

In the last 50+ years, they have grown to more than 315 worldwide and have paid more than a billion dollars to local nonprofits. Quite an achievement. However, in 2015 the Attorney General in Minnesota USA filed a suit against Savers claiming that they mislead the public by only paying a small percentage to non-profit charities. Furthermore, they also filed suit against the charities in partnership with Savers for failing to monitor Savers for compliance with their partnership. Credit for this here.

Books are plentiful as you can see from this photo above and below. They are well ordered into genre including vintage books where I found a lovely Pooh Bear edition. However, they aren’t cheap so know your prices.

If you’re after items for kids, then there is an abundance of clothes, toys and books. Many small toy items are bagged up like this (below) with a price that sometimes seems a little on the expensive side. $6 for a toy that probably retails for no more than 20% more. But what I think is expensive, others see as worthwhile and that’s what matters.

Or these barbies that are bagged up into three but look a little….sordid the way they lay against each other, or is that my perverted mind?

Puzzles and games are plentiful ad are worthy of a sort through. Most popular games you’ll find here, except Scrabble (Junior Scrabble yes).

Or perhaps this dolls house which wasn’t in the toys section but in the furniture section.

Savers offer a Super Savers Club Card. This is a loyalty program for shoppers (below). Once you’ve joined you’re entitled to:

  • Special Events
  • Member Only Coupons 
  • E-Newsletters
  • Exclusive Online Content & Contests
  • A Special Birthday Offer
  • Other special promotional offers as determined by us from time to time

For further information, speak to the checkout staff in the store.

Savers has everything from these cute little doilies (below) to a rack of sneakers / runners posted further down the page. It’s bountiful with stock.

The only items that aren’t abundant would be furniture. There are a few couches and cupboards but this place would be two thirds clothes and the rest is mostly books and homewares.

OPENING HOURS:

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday – Friday 9am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 7pm
Sunday 9am – 7pm

LOCATION: Shop 7, 108-114 Main Street, Greensborough. Other stores are listed here.

PHONE: (03) 9432 4899

PARKING: There is parking at the rear of the store but not out front.

TRANSPORT: There is good public transport via bus or train to Greensborough. Check local timetables for trains here and for buses here. The walk from the station takes only a few minutes.

DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access from both front or rear of store. Wheelchair access is excellent as the aisles are very wide.

ATM: There are two ATM’s within walking distance. ANZ at 45 Main Street and Redi at 131 Grimshaw Street. There are a number of ATM’s inside Greensborough Plaza.

ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.

DOGS: Just tie them up outside in the shade and please clean up any mess they make. Be mindful of them in hot weather.

TOILET FACILITIES: Nearest toilets are in Greensborough Plaza across the road.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

On Facebook – Savers Australia

On Instagram – no account but – #SaversAustralia

Twitter – SaversAus

DONATIONS: Please drop off donations during business hours.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of Savers. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting

 

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