As store coordinator at Sacred Heart Mission’s Coburg op shop, I oversee daily operations of the op shop which include visual merchandising, stock processing, community outreach and helping to create an inclusive environment.
What inspired you to work at the Mission?
I have always been an avid customer of Sacred Heart Mission and always admired each store’s individuality and quality products. The values of the organisation also align with mine, so I saw it as an exciting opportunity to join the team and continue to grow as a person.
What’s your top second-hand styling tip?
Layering is my absolute favourite styling tip! Especially when it comes to items that you wouldn’t expect it from, but truth be told, everything can be layered. I love a turtleneck, vest and coat combo, or even a fitted top/corset over a blouse. The possibilities are endless! It’s also a great way to ensure you wear more of your clothes.
If someone was making a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
This one is easy, Cate Blanchett!
If you were stranded on a desert island what are three things you would bring with you?
I could take the survivalist route here, but instead I’m going to go with 3 things that would hopefully bring enjoyment. I’d take my guitar because music is life and maybe I would finally hone my skills. Next would be an Etch a Sketch so I could write down my thoughts and never run out of ink, and I know I said I wasn’t going to be practical, but I’ll say flint, because as long as you have a fire then living can be sustainable.
What do you love about working in the Coburg store?
So much! I love the people I work with because everyone is so lovely and supportive. I also love the community and its unique vibe. The job itself is also enjoyable as every day is different to the next, which is suited to my personality.
Are you a local? What are the top three things to do around Coburg?
I *used to be a 3058 local, however I now live in Northcote. But I do miss the main strip with its delicious food and friendly locals. I’m also a big fan of Pentridge and the Upfield trail path, the latter I would roller skate along during lockdowns.
What’s the most fulfilling part of your role at the Mission?
Knowing that I’m working for an organisation that does a lot for those needing support.
I’ve worked in retail for years, but I prefer the not-for-profit sector as it gives more back to the community. It’s an honour to be a part of that.
Stop in at our Coburg Op Shop to say hello to Jessie and the team any day of the week, Coburg is open 10:30am – 5:30pm
Roll up your sleeves and put your chefs hat on as you learn to cook traditional meals with native ingredients from two established Indigenous chefs, Sam May and Krystie Sabitino.
On the menu
- Wallaby Ragu with handmade Pasta with Saltbush and Pepper Berry
- Warrugul Greens with Macadamia Pesto, a vegetarian and vegan option
- Macadamia Chocolate Tort with Rivermint and White Chocolate Mousse
- or Coconut Cake as a vegan or vegetarian option
Our intimate classes will be held in our St Kilda Dining Hall where we serve up to 400 meals daily to people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
A great opportunity to learn how to cook delicious Indigenous cuisine in a setting where you can see directly where your contributions go towards.
Sacred Heart Mission is proud to announce their first pop-up op shop stall at the 2023 Midsumma Carnival!
Our 13 op shops are well known for being diverse and inclusive spaces for our op shoppers, with all staff and volunteers’ proud allies to the LGBTIQA+ community.
To celebrate Midsumma 2023, our Hawthorn store is hosting a one-of-a-kind pop-up op shop stall at the carnival on Sunday 22nd January.
The store has been busy putting aside summer designer clothes and accessories, pride coloured outfits as well as vintage and rare finds!
Come and visit us during the festivities of the day and learn more about our op shop community.
Sunday 22 January 11am-5pm