Spotlight is a family-owned and operated Australian business that has been offering great discounts on fun products to Australians since the early 1970’s. The well-loved chain now flourishes with one hundred stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and they currently employ more than 6,700 team members. Today, Spotlight has bragging rights as the largest chain of fabric, craft and home interiors stores in Australia. They keep their headquarters in South Melbourne and publish an online catalogue quite regularly.
Spotlight stores actually evolved from rather humble beginnings. Initially, in the early 1970’s, the family-owned storefront focused on selling fabrics from at a small stall in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. After several years of successful sales, they outgrew their small booth and made plans to expand their business offerings. In September 1973, Spotlight set up their first storefront in Malvern, Victoria, with a focus on fabrics, sewing and other craft supplies. The stores were popular with locals and soon
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Spotlight has grown over the years from that first storefront to a well-known retailer with a significant presence throughout Australia. As the company has grown, so have the range or products that are available to consumers. A visit to a store will take you on a tour of everything you need to upgrade and style your home, from kitchen and dining spaces, recreation rooms and bedrooms, bathrooms and laundries. The store also continues its huge focus on crafts and sewing. There’s a large party planning section that caters to fancy dress costumes and nearly every party theme you can think of, from Over the Hill and retirement parties to wild themed costume balls.
Spotlight also takes an active role in supporting charities and other programs from social good. They’ve partners with The Lifestart Foundation and Together for Cambodia as a part of the Stitch In Time, a project developed to empower women living in difficult situations by teaching them to sew, helping them generate an income and better their circumstances. They also participate in the Guardian Angel Knitting program, creating patterns and providing discounts for those who use their skills make warm, winter clothes for the poor.
Known for “Bargains Galore”, Spotlight offers their customers great savings on almost anything you can kit out your house with. The stores also specialize in sparking creativity in their shoppers, hosting free how-to workshops on site for a variety of crafts and DIY projects. In 2014 Spotlight opened up their new online store, so that their customers can get anything they need as well as expert advice when they can’t get to a store.
It seems Spotlight never stops growing their offerings. When you visit the online Spotlight catalogue you can find just about anything you need for your home, wardrobe or creative project.
More About Spotlight’s Product Offerings
Spotlight is a department store with a particular focus on creativity and DIY. While they offer many great brands of crating and sewing goods, the stores also offer a great variety of already assembled furniture and home décor items.
You’ll find name brands that are synonymous with quality among Spotlight’s wares. Included in their collection of housewares and linen are such well known brands such as:
- The Tontine Group, Australia’s leading manufacturer and wholesaler of bedding accessories.
- Brother and Semco, two companies best known for their high-quality, modern sewing machines, crafting tools, and other crafting supplies.
- Sunbeam, known for their kitchen appliances, mixers, blenders, and other tools.
- Rainbow Loom, a favorite crafting company that sells children’s weaving kits.
- Disney Pixar branded merchandise, featuring licensed homewares and décor from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and other family favorites.
- Bouclair Home, a company that focuses on high-quality furnishings for nursery rooms and children’s spaces, as well as modern décor such as lamps and lighting for shared spaces.
- Kambrook, which offers a great assortment of kitchen appliances and cookware, such as electric woks, mixers, blenders and juicing machines
- Bath by Ladelle, a premier line of bathroom décor, accessories and furnishings for the modern home.
- Logan & Mason, known for their fine bedding, pillows, cushions and linens.
- And much, much more!
Saving Money With Spotlight’s Online Catalogue
The online Spotlight catalog has some great weekly deals that you won’t find anywhere else. The weekly sales are found on the website under the “offers” tab, and serve up great savings on linens, sewing machines, craft supplies, kitchenware and dozens of other housewares and craft items. Looking for even bigger savings? The “Bargain of the Week” section of the website hosts premium goods at even deeper discounts, so make sure to check there because you’ll never know what you might find.
Save More Money as a VIP
Spotlight has a special savings program that gives customers access to exclusive offers and discounts. When you sign up as a VIP you will be alerted to special, VIP-only sales and events, and given access to special discount pricing. You’ll also be privy to 10% off all paper patterns and 10% your total purchase on your birthday.
You Can Also Shop Spotlight Stores At Home
Although it’s anticipated that Spotlight will be fazing out the program, customers currently still have access to Spotlight’s Shop at Home program. It’s not quite the same thing as the online catalogue, however. Spotlight’s Shop at Home program is meant to fill the gap between the online catalogue and the store offerings. If you’re not able to find an item that was advertised in a mailer on the website, you can still purchase that item by using the Shop at Home feature. Most products able in storefronts are available for this feature. In order to participate, you’ll need to look at the online catalogues and locate the items you want to order. You then will fill out the online form and pay a minimum delivery cost of $8.99. If you order a heavy item, additional delivery charges will apply. Spotlight will contact you, if, for some reason, your items are unable to be delivered.