TOP JOB: Vinnies manager Kerry Thompson, Volunteer Alice Fretwell and supervisor Robyn Fraser enjoy working together and meeting new people at the Gladstone St Vincent De Paul Shop.
TOP JOB: Vinnies manager Kerry Thompson, Volunteer Alice Fretwell and supervisor Robyn Fraser enjoy working together and meeting new people at the Gladstone St Vincent De Paul Shop. Luka Kauzlaric

Volunteers praise their manager at Gladstone Vinnies

YOU can get just about anything in the friendly Vinnies store.

Some of the more notable items donated were a kitchen sink, and a set of false teeth, but they didn't make it to the shelves.

Vinnies is a well-known store that sells pre-loved items, but the women who do the work behind the scene say it's much more.

Tuesday is volunteer manager appreciation day, and the 30-odd volunteers at the Gladstone Vinnies store couldn't be prouder of their hard-working manager Kerry Thompson.

She's been working at Vinnies for three years now, but only had the manager duties for the past year.

"I enjoy the job. We have a lot of regulars that come in so you get to know everyone and that's really nice," Ms Thompson said.

The store is open six days a week and Ms Thompson said they are always searching for new volunteers.

"It's a nice place to work and all our volunteers work together really well,"she said.

She and Robyn Fraser are the only two paid employees at the store.

"It's surprising what we get in, it's really not just second hand rubbish," Ms Fraser said.

"We get a lot of lovely clothes too.

"My theory is people buy them online and change their mind and forget to send them back, so they bring them to us."

The women said you can find anything from clothes, to home wares and books, but you won't find anything electrical.

Volunteer managers day

  • Held internationally every year on November 5.
  • The first celebration for the day was held in 1999.
  • It was led by American Nan Hawthorn who was instrumental in forming a committee to start to explore what a day recognising the work of Volunteer Managers might look like.