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Savers – Ringwood


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This is an Op Shop on steroids!

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 Ringwood store in the middle of the day. I estimate around 50 + people in the store including kids at 3.30pm on a Friday.

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.

Good sized changing rooms + trolleys for your purchases + you can join the Savers Club

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 and puzzles are plentiful and in good condition. Everything is sorted nicely and the books are categorised well if you’re looking for fiction, non fiction, cookbooks etc. 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. These larger toys are very clean but beware again! Prices can be expensive compared to other Op Shops. However, it’s better to buy something second-hand than go and buy the same item new – consumerism!

Shoes have to be in a good condition to make it to the racks and they are organised in size order 6 – 6 1/2 and so on. There are some good buys here.

When it’s Christmas, think about coming here for these sorts of items. They are plentiful and again, in good condition.

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.

There are not a lot of home furniture items or appliances. The store would be 2/3 clothes and the rest are toys, books, kitchen ware and manchester.

Craft items bagged and priced

OPENING HOURS:

Monday – Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday – Friday 9am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm

LOCATION: 79-83 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood. Other stores are listed here.

PHONE: (03) 870 1600

PARKING: There is parking at the rear of the store and some out the front on Maroondah Highway.

TRANSPORT: There is good public transport via bus or train to Ringwood. 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: Redi ATM at 171 Maroondah Highway, Westpac on the corner of Ringwood Street and Seymour Street. There are a number of ATM’s inside Eastland which is about 800 metres away but you’d need to find them within the complex.

Racks & Racks & Racks.....
Racks & Racks & Racks…..

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 at the rear of the store in the small shopping complex.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

On Facebook – Savers Australia

On Instagram – no account but – #SaversAustralia

Twitter – SaversAus

DONATIONS: Please drop off donations during business hours. Go to the rear of the store for a drive through service where there are large bins to put your items in.

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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