100 Years of Vinnies

Vinnies has reached 100 and as part of the nationwide celebrations, the Broken Hill branch is dressing the shop up a bit to join in the celebrations.

Vincent de Paul was born almost 500 years ago and was a French Catholic priest. He only left Europe once but ad luck would have it the ship he was travelling on was captured and its travellers sold into slavery in North Africa. Two years later, de Paul managed to escape back to France where he dedicated his life to establishing hospitals and reforming clergy.

It is perhaps no surprise that he would become the patron saint of prisoners and would eventually have his name attached to one of the most famous charities in the world.

This year marks 100 years of the Vinnies retail stores in Australia. The first was established in a paddock in Newtown, News South Wales. Legend has it ‘mountains of manure’ had to be raked up and carted away before they could open for business.

They haven’t been in Broken Hill for quite as long. Nor was the origin of the first store quite so… stinky. The first shop opened in the Silver City on Argent Street in the 1960s. It has moved around a bit over the years, but still remains on the city’s main street.


Volunteer shop team leader at the Vinnies Broken Hill retail store, Phil Sky, has been dressing the shop up to commemorate the centennial landmark.

“We’ve dressed the shop window up with some balloons and signage, and we have decorated inside the store too,” Mr Sky told us.

Come and celebrate 100 years of Vinnies in Australia by finding your next pre-loved item at 97 Argent Street.

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