As I pass by my local Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul charity stores, I often wonder whether they could be significantly more successful with well dressed windows and retail displays. On the odd occasion that I see something cool put together in the window, I am drawn to go in. Then I think - wow, window dressing a retail store would be a great opportunity for someone wanting to get into fashion.
And so an idea is borne: fashion design students assigned to a charity store to window dress for a semester as part of their assessment. Or how about freelance stylists donating time to charities to dress windows; could be good for their portfolios (especially if the charity can show an increase in retail sales over the time period). I'm sure that local TAFE institutes could create a great volunteering partnership with these charities and then everyone wins.
Image: St Vincent de Paul