By Sandra

Charity - Bribie Island - BUSY FINGERS

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As usual, we are continually busy in the shop, as well as trying to make it easier for customers to locate the items they are looking for. Our manager Sonia has just finished changing the ladies’ shoes area in the corner of the clothing, there is now one large shoe stand for all the ladies shoes (Men’s shoes are in the baskets above their clothing racks).

There are also two pegboards full of leather and nonleather belts for $4 and $2 respectively, and shortly we will be adding more wall shelves in that corner. A table has been placed in front of the kitchenware shelves displaying special/ collectible items including china, glassware, and trinkets that have a dot on them, these will be 50% off the marked price, and it will be an ongoing display until further notice.

So you may get a good bargain for your own collection or maybe a present idea for family or friends. NEW We now have an alcove on the far right side wall as you come into the shop, this area has recently been renovated and it is being used to hang a lot of the pictures we have in stock, these are also on sale at the moment, so please check them out.


Usually, all our customers are happy and friendly and praise the volunteers and staff for their help, they enjoy coming for a wander through the shop looking for bargains and enjoy their visit, it is just a shame when we have incidents that cause upset to both our people and the surrounding customers. Over the last few weeks, our cashier and some volunteers have been subjected to irate and rude customers, this is unnecessary and totally unacceptable.

One customer even became abusive towards our cashier and then started on the manager when she was called for help. This will not be tolerated and in the future, the manager has been advised to ask the rude customer to leave and not come back at all. These people will be banned from future entry to our premises as we have had a Zero Tolerance policy for many years now. Our staff and volunteers are always willing to help our customers; but we cannot help if we do not have the items they are looking for in stock, that is still NOT an excuse for abuse.

Our volunteers share their precious time with us for the benefit of our beautiful community and therefore should be treated with respect at all times. We always thank our wonderful customers for their support and hope they enjoy their visit to our premises.


We received a couple of black bags recently that had wet smelly clothes inside, please do not put these things in our white collection bins, it is not pleasant when opening these bags and volunteers should not be subjected to these issues. Please donate only clean and re-saleable items in our bins, we thank you for your cooperation and support.


If you are a member of an Island club or association and require assistance please let us know. We try to assist all not for profit associations and sporting clubs, we also assist the Police, SES, VMR and the BI Hospice. Our President Karen is quite happy to come along to your club and present our aims and goals and how your club can apply for assistance.

Please call 3410 1920 or email [email protected] if you wish to have a presentation or if you wish to apply for a grant of assistance. When applying for assistance please include a contact name and phone number and also a current equipment quote, tell us a bit about your association/club and membership and why you need the equipment you are requesting. Please be aware we only deal with Island associations and groups, not individuals.


All our sale items are written on the blackboard as you come into the shop; please check it out on your way in. There is a new rack just behind the counter which has special or designer clothing, these items are priced and tagged accordingly. I would like to thank the Bribie Islander Team for their continued support of us and the island community. Hope to see you in the shop soon.


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