Welcome back to our Salvos Stores customer profiles series! This month's profile features digital content creator and marketing coordinator Bella de Almeida Reis. As a 22-year-old living in Melbourne's inner north, Bella certainly embodies the Melbourne 'cool girl' dream, but in a way that is all her own. Her effortless style, which combines vintage, thrifted, and local designer pieces, is somehow vibrant, classic, and creative all at once - testifying to versatility and fun that can come with truly embracing sustainable fashion.
So, without further ado we'll let you dive in to Bella's thoughts on what makes shopping second-hand worth your time, the homewares section, and the power of a well-placed compliment.
Hello! My name is Bella de Almeida Reis. I’m a 22-year-old living in Melbourne, and I work as the Marketing Coordinator at Frank Green. In my spare time, I love doing anything self-care related. Whether it's curling up with a book in my reading corner (I’m currently deep into Love & Virtue!), doing some yoga, watching the newest show on Netflix, or eating straight from a peanut butter jar - I’ll be happy!
My grandma is an avid thrifter. She took me to Salvos one day when I was 8 years old and it felt like I had struck gold! I thought ‘Yes! I can finally spend my pocket money on so many cute knick knacks!’ Like every grandma, they want to spoil you, so she would take me every time I asked to go on weekends.
The thrill of searching through a messy pile for hours and finally finding the piece of your dreams. I like that it’s a patient activity. It forces you to slow down, and you can appreciate items you might not usually reach for.
I go nuts for the homewares, crockery, and glassware! Since I started styling my home, all I want is to add random pieces to elevate the spaces in interesting ways and op shops always have something special. I also find it much easier to sort through than clothing… that requires a whole other mentality!
I found a dreamy green trench-coat in a suburb I don’t often visit in Melbourne, so it was definitely a lucky find. I tried it on as a whim because I liked the colour (this is key, if you’re not sure, always try on in case) and the moment I came out of the dressing room, a random customer complimented the fit on me. That was all the confirmation I needed.
The perfect pair of black heels. I am by no means a pro heel-wearer but that’s also because I never seem to find the right ones that feel comfortable and are classicly simplistic (by the way, I’m a size 8-9 if anyone stumbles across some!).
If you have the means, I recommend going as often as you can. The stock can change almost every day and shopping becomes easier when you learn the store’s way of categorising and organising. Also, thoroughly look through Every. Single. Thing. And I mean it! It’s dedication but how else are you going to find the hidden gems?
It’s your one-stop-shop of affordable and sustainable options! You can get everything you need in a single store, plus you can find comfort in knowing you are supporting an ethical cause.
You can find Bella on Instagram @isabellachantal
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