Community Stores

Our community stores across greater Melbourne sell quality second-hand goods at affordable prices. They raise vital funds to assist in the delivery of our many programs and services which work towards building better lives for all Australians.

The first Brotherhood store was opened in the 1930s on Fitzroy's Gertrude Street, once a neighbourhood of the most vulnerable families and individuals, now a hip fashion district. Its aim then was to recycle large quantities of clothing and furniture for people in need - our cause and purpose remains the same today. 

The Brotherhood now operates 22 stores across Greater Melbourne, and their success relies on the passionate and dedicated team of staff, more than 700 volunteers and the generous donations received for the communities in which we work. 

As well as raising much needed funds for Brotherhood services, our stores help job seekers develop their workplace skills, and provide work experience to a steady stream of students.


Our social enterprises encourage environmental sustainability through recycling - we recycle more than 1,000 tonnes of clothing, homewares, furniture and electrical appliances each year.


Our social enterprises simply couldn't exist without the generous support of volunteers who make an enormous contribution at every level of the business - from sorting, to running stores, even providing valuable business advice on the Social Enterprise Committee that reports to the Board.

If you are interested in volunteering across our warehouse and stores, please visit our current vacancies page »

Contact us

For community store locations visit our contact page »

For store opening hours and collection service information, visit the stores website »

Brotherhood of St Laurence Social Enterprises
Phone: (03) 9474 7840


The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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