When you step foot inside Good Sammy Willetton, you truly understand the meaning of that phrase ‘one-stop shop’. Need a clown wig, a ball gown, a tennis racket and an armchair? No worries! This store has everything you need under one roof, and caters to every kind of op shopper.
Fashionistas will be tickled pink when they see the killer Gold Seal section, and the endless racks of knitwear, dresses, skirts, tops, pants and jeans…so many jeans. Party goers will find a costume to suit any theme in the fancy dress section. Movie and music buffs could easily kill an hour flipping through the store’s vast collection of DVDs, CDs and vinyl. Book worms will enjoy perusing the hundreds of titles in the store’s alphabetised library. Collectors will get a buzz checking out the furniture and quirky bric-a-brac items. Interior decorators and homemakers will love going through the homewares and linen, and kids will have fun testing out the huge range of second-hand toys while their parents browse through the plentiful kidswear section.
Good Sammy Willetton certainly attracts a wide range of op shoppers - not only for its huge variety of stock, but also for its layout and customer service. Jenni from @this.girl.thrifts says, “Willetton is a treasure trove! I always walk out with gems from there. It had a facelift last year and now it looks so much better. I love the new layout. It makes shopping so much easier.”
Store Manager Beck says the store underwent a facelift last year to make it easier for shoppers to navigate and find exactly what they’re looking for. Beck describes the newly improved store as “bright, spacious, organised and easily accessible” and she’s on the money.
The store is very clean and well-presented. Each section is clearly labelled and there’s so much space to wander. There’s even a large bench to try on shoes - or perhaps leave a bored shopping partner. But if you were to do that, your partner might be sitting there a while. Keen op shoppers could easily spend a few hours in this store. Despite being smack bang in the middle of the famous op shop strip of High Road, you might find that you’ll spend all your time in Good Sammy. I did, despite my grand plans to visit every op shop on the strip in one afternoon.
Beck says, “My advice to customers is to spend a good amount of time going through our racks. We’ve built a reputation for having a great range of Gold Seal items at very reasonable price points. We get a varied range of items, from Michael Kors and Kate spade handbags to Alice McCall dresses, Alannah Hill cardigans and Tommy Hilfiger basics. We also have a constant stream of brands such as Country Road, Witchery, Trenery and Politix dropping daily.”
Beck manages a team of 15 – eight of whom are employees with a disability. The most rewarding part of her job is supporting these team members to undertake daily work tasks and seeing them grow in skill and confidence.
She also loves how no two days are the same. A “normal” working day for Beck involves everything from guiding staff, sorting and processing donations, pricing and placing stock, organising and tidying the store and of course, assisting customers. Beck and her team are more than happy to help anyone who walks through their doors – no matter how odd their request. They appreciate the thrill of finding a unique preloved gem at a bargain price. Beck says, “I love all the weird and wonderful donations we receive and it’s great to see customers give them another life.”
So, whatever you’re in the market for, let the team at Good Sammy Willetton help you find it – and don’t forget your containers! The store is an authorised bag drop refund point for the Containers for Change program. Seriously, is there anything this store doesn’t have?
- Gold Seal
- Womenswear (especially jeans)
- Fancy dress
- Music and movies
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