Lending a hand

Being part of the community is an integral part of who we are


HUG House

Another charity auction home, HUG (Help Unleash Greatness) House, was recently supported by Shift Property Styling to ensure the property looked top notch for it’s sale to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Hobart. The funds will be distributed to a variety of beneficiaries such as Youth Leadership camps, bushfire relief, Scouts Tasmania, drought relief for Midlands Farmers, Riding for the Disabled, Rural Live and Well and many more.

For more information on HUG House, visit https://www.facebook.com/hughousehobart


Give Me 5 For Kids

We always help with charity auction homes wherever possible, but this one is always at the top of our list. Give Me 5 For Kids is a great cause (supported by Triple M Hobart) that raises funds for the children’s ward in local hospitals to ensure that valuable infrastructure and resources are available to the kids to assist the fastest recovery possible.

With personal experience in spending an extended time in the Royal Hobart Hospital with our daughter, we know the value this cause brings to the table and we are more than thrilled to be able to give back and do our bit.

For more information on Give Me 5 For Kids, visit www.giveme5forkids.com.au.


Supporting Canteen help kids

Seeing any kids in medical situations beyond their control is a heartbreaking thing, particularly those suffering the horrors of cancer and the associated treatment.

We’ve recently commenced a sponsorship of Canteen to assist provide kids 12 – 24 years of age with much needed help in the areas of counselling, peer group support, specialist services, resources as well the Canteen Camps.

Another great not-for-profit doing what they can do to help kids in need.


For more information on Canteen, visit www.canteen.org.au


Creating a ‘House with Heart’

We recently supported the charity auction ‘House with Heart’ by supplying furniture and accessories to crete a finished look in the home.

The property is auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Royal Hobart Hospital Paediatric Unit to assist kids in need. This cause is extremely close to our hearts at Shift Property Styling and we were thrilled to be able to help again this year.

We wish the organisers all the best for a great outcome on the sale.


Helping MS Tasmania and those with MS sit comfortably

MS Tasmania is an organisation close to our hearts so we were thrilled to be able to help at the recent MS Red Affair Ball held at Blundstone Arena.

As a result of the evening, the organisers raised over $15,000.00 to go towards MS research and support services in Tasmania (such as nursing, counselling care and education services).

AS part of evening, Shift Property Styling donated a set of beautiful Eames replica dining chairs which were snapped up in the silent auction. A great evening and so good to see so many out in support of such a great cause.

Read more about MS Tasmania


Creating a comfortable space for Suicide Prevention delegates

We always love to help organisations that have a desire to help others in need, and this was a perfect case.

Suicide Prevention Australia had their recent National conference at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The conference was all about ensuring community participation in suicide prevention as well as looking at the development of suicide prevention initiatives.

Shift Property Styling were approached by the organisers to assist with providing cushions and throw rugs for a quiet room  where delegates could spend some time if the content of the conference raised difficult emotions or where people could meet with a counsellor.

Shift Property Styling collected a bunch of cushions from the warehouse in bright and lively colours that not only livened up the space, but also matched Suicide Prevention Australia’s corporate colours.

Read more about Suicide Prevention Australia


Helping those in need sleep better at night

In a recent review of our stock items we discovered that many of our pillows did not match one another as perfectly as we would like (getting pillows to sit just right is more of an artform than you would expect!).

We invested in dozens and dozens of new hospitality quality pillows to replenish our stock which left dozens of never slept on pillows in a pile not being used.

Given this, we thought about how we could use them or who could use them and we bundled the pillows up and donated them to the Hobart Women’s Shelter. This organisation does amazing things for women and children who at threat from homelessness or domestic violence and need a safe place to stay.

Their facilities provide a safe haven for single women (and their children) when times are tough and we were pleased to provide one very small donation that may make the life of someone in need more comfortable.

Read more about Hobart Women’s Shelter


Raising funds for Give Me 5 For Kids and the Royal Hobart Hospital

Shift Property Styling were approached by Heart FM Radio host Dave Noonan recently to assist with the presentation of the ‘House of Heart’, a charity home to be auctioned off to raise much needed funds for the Paediatric Ward of the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity to lend a hand (and some furniture and accessories!) to make this home look as good as it could to attract buyers and raise as much money for the Children’s Ward as possible.

We had great news on the first open that a fantastic offer had been put in which was great news. The first offer was the winning one and the property didn’t need to go to auction.

As a result, the property generated a massive $222,500.00 in total with $60,000.00 going to Diabetes Tasmania and the remaining $162,00.00 going to the hospital.

Awesome effort by the organisers and the Hobart businesses that contributed both time and materials to making this event a reality.


Read more about Give Me 5 For Kids

Carpets for Communities - Shift Property Styling

Helping eliminate human trafficking and child labor

Shift Property Styling were recently approached by a volunteer for Carpets for Communities to supply furniture for a stand at the Sustainable Living Expo at PW1 on the Hobart waterfront. We were more than happy to help find the right piece of furniture in our inventory to suit the need, deliver it and collect it after the event had finished. Without the furniture, Carpet for Communities would not have been able to participate in the Sustainable Living Expo silent auction which helped increase their awareness.


We love being part of these things and helping important community work where we can. The stall went on to make $1479.10 in sales which goes back into communities in Cambodia to help at-risk families create a income stream through the production of fair trade registered carpets giving locals a sense of purpose, an income and a way to protect and educate their family.


Read more about Carpets for Communities


Helping feed those in a time of need

Shift Property Styling recently received a consignment of Easy Meals to trial and share with friends and family as part of their major promotion. This generous offer from Easy Meals meant 100 pre-packaged meals arrived on our doorstep for circulation. We donated a number to families we knew were doing it tough, but the day after the meals arrived, there was a piece in The Mercury newspaper about The Hobart Benevolent Society’s push to assist clothe and feed Tasmanian families in need during winter.


This really touched us and we decided to donate all the remaining meals to The Hobart Benevolent Society (through parent organisation UnitingCare Tasmania) to distribute to local families who are experiencing financial difficulty.


Great to be able to give to a very worthwhile cause and know that local families are able to have meals on the table this winter.


Read more about UnitingCare Tasmania


MS Megaswim 24hr challenge

The 2012 MS MegaSwim-a-thon was recently held on the  5th and 6th of May at the Hobart Aquatic Centre to raise funds and awareness of  Multiple Sclerosis.


A team comprising of friends and colleagues got together to support Shift Property Styling Director, Donielle Luttrell, who herself is a sufferer of MS, to enter the event with Donielle.


Shift Property Styling gladly sponsored the team in donation and supplied towels to the crew to dry them off after each leg was completed.


The team put in the hard yards, and managed to not only get through the 24 hours in the pool, but also come 3rd in the event (based on the kilometres swum and the amount of money raised). The team raised in excess of $2700.00 while all Tasmanian teams contributed over $22,000.00 in donations for the event which is a massive effort.


Read more about the MS Society of Tasmania


Diabetes Tasmania – Madison House

Shift Property Styling were approached to help furnish and style a charity house that was going to be auctioned with all proceeds going to Diabetes Tasmania. The builder, Andrew Lyden, was the project manager and major supporter as his daughter, Madison, is a sufferer of Diabetes.


Shift Property Styling, along with our trusty removalists, Move It, donated our time and resources to maximise the selling potential of the property and maximise the returns for Diabetes Tasmania.


The property was sold for over $340,000 which was a great result for the charity.


Read more about Diabetes Tasmania


Common Ground

Shift Property Styling got involved in the Common Ground Tasmania project to assist with furnishing one of the units in a complex in Hobart’s city centre.


The amazing thing about the Common Ground Tasmania project is their genuine desire to bring to an end homelessness on Hobart streets through the development of low rent affordable accommodation. The unit styled was use to launch the project and also provide the public and politicians an idea of what would be on offer to the long term homeless.


Read more about Common Ground


Oak Tasmania (Tahune Fields and Oakdale Industries)

When Shift Property Styling realised the growth of our massive cushion collection, we had to do something about storage. We’d converted apple bins into upright shelving systems ourselves initially, but the process was time consuming and in bulk, beyond our abilities.


After talking to Oak Tasmania and finding out one of their divisions, Tahune Fields, actually manufactures the boxes, we decided to contract them to produce and supply 20 of the boxes. Another of Oak Tasmania’s divisions was then engaged to shelve the boxes and then fabric line them ready for our cushions.


The great thing about this project was having a local Tasmanian not-for-profit (who employ Tasmanian’s with disabilites) take charge of the project, keep the build within the state and assist build the skills of Tasmanians, who without Oak Tasmania, would most likely be unemployed.


A fantastic win for Shift Property Styling, we are very proud supporters and fans of the team at Oak Tasmania, Tahune Fields and Oakdale Industries.


Read more about Tahune Fields


Read more about Oakdale Industries


Oak Tasmania (Oak Sewing services)

In order to get furniture and accessories to a home to style for sale, you need to pack them carefully so they arrive at the final destination in good condition without damage. Our removalists are careful with our stock, they know the importance of it getting to the property in one piece.


Our biggest challenge has always been transporting linen and cushions. While furniture can be covered with a removalist blanket (and wiped down once at the property) cushions and linen once marked, need to be washed. Not handy when you are relying on using them!


After going through countless large plastic garden rubbish bags, Oak Tasmania offered us a solution we could not resist. Their sewing team took one of the plastic bags and used this as a template to create water resistant plastic coated nylon bags. These bags (complete with draw strings and tie downs) have been in service for well over 12 months, with not one having been damaged. We stuff these things to capacity too, and none of them show any sign of fatigue.

Much like the apple bins, the bags where designed and made by local Tasmanian’s with disabilities and Shift are extremely pleased to be supporters of this important not-for-profit.


Read more about Oak Sewing services