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Sylvanvale’s Retail Therapy Vintage & Café store in Caringbah is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

The profit-for-purpose shop – which sells high-quality recycled vintage and retro clothing, homewares and bric a brac – originally opened in Cronulla on 14 November 1968. It was established by the Ladies Auxiliary, a group of passionate Sylvanvale mothers who made it their mission to create dynamic community based fundraising projects throughout the Sutherland Shire and Blue Mountains.

In 1971, the shop was relocated to Park Lane in Caringbah where it became so popular and well-known that bigger premises were needed. Consequently, in 2011 it moved to its current location on President Avenue in Caringbah. In 2016, Retail Therapy was expanded once again to include a pop-up café catered by Sylvanvale Catering (another profit-for-purpose business) and an exclusive VIP room, where members have access to designer donations and are invited to exclusive VIP shopping events.

The shop employs people with disability, providing valuable work experience and promoting inclusion in the community. A dedicated team of 40 volunteers also plays an integral role in running the store. Funds raised from every sale go to supporting and empowering people with disability to live the life they choose.

Sylvanvale’s CEO Leanne Fretten said, “We are very excited to be celebrating Retail Therapy’s 50th anniversary. A huge thank you to all the incredible employees, volunteers and customers who have supported the store over the years – it’s because of them that we have achieved this significant milestone and continue to be going strong.”

“Retail Therapy Vintage & Café is a great example of what can be achieved when the community works together to support and empower people with disability,” said Ms Fretten.

Retail Therapy Vintage & Café is located at 29-33 President Avenue, Caringbah. It is open weekdays from 9am – 4.30pm and Saturdays from 9.30am – 1.30pm. VIP membership is free.