Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 25.4.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

We’re also now going to add links to relevant Charity Retail Learning courses associated with each article to help you implement some of the ideas we’re sharing

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

 

Sustainable Fashion Week – how will you take part?

We couldn’t be more excited to hear that the CRA are sponsoring this year’s Sustainable Fashion Week. There are so many ways you can get involved and we can’t wait to see what you all do.

Charity Retail Association sponsors Sustainable Fashion Week 2022 | Charity Retail Association

Recommended CRL Course:

Green credentials for charity retailers

 

New ebay initiative with mainstream fashion retailers

Once again, we’re seeing mainstream fashion brands getting in on the sustainable message – this time with ebay.

Ebay launches Imperfects initiative to sell flawed fashion | Vogue Business

Recommended CRL Courses:

Introduction to ecommerce

Green credentials for charity retailers

 

Sense partnership with The Original Factory Shop

The Original Factory Shop will be accepting donations for Sense shops in 20 of its stores across the UK. A really good example of making donating simple and convenient whilst raising awareness of the charity and its stores. 

The Original Factory Shop partners with charity to help those with complex disabilities | Rhyl Journal

Recommended CRL Course:

Right stock, right shop – how to effectively stock your shops

 

Why not throw a “Preloved After Party”?

We love the idea of a preloved afterparty, as put on by the Vancouver secondhand store, Definitely something to try in charity shops here too – and a great way to attract customers who are working or unable to shop through the day.

You can have a private shopping party at this Vancouver secondhand store | Curated – Daily Hive

Recommended CRL Course:

Charity retail community engagement – events, social media & telling your story

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Learning provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 18.4.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

We’re also now going to add links to relevant Charity Retail Learning courses associated with each article to help you implement some of the ideas we’re sharing

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

 

Landlords to be forced to let out empty retail units

A great opportunity for pop up and temporary shops for charity retailers and independents – and perhaps collaborations too for larger units.

Government to force landlords to let out shops vacant for 6 months | Retail Gazette

Planning & Running a Charity Pop-up Shop | Charity Retail Learning

 

Volunteering in a charity shop

A nice piece about volunteering at an Ashgate Hospice shop in Chesterfield. Great publicity to help gain new volunteers

I volunteered at a charity shop and it was a world away from most retail jobs | Derbyshire Live

Volunteer Recruitment | Charity Retail Learning

 

The £10 charity shop challenge

This is a great way to raise people’s awareness of the shops in your town – why not challenge your own supporters to share what they can buy from your shops for a set budget? Use a hashtag to bring together all the mentions on Insta or TIkTok and share the love!

This article includes Dove House Hospice, BHF & Age UKand Heart of Kent Hospice are running their own campaign called New to You

I had £10 to find an outfit from a charity shop and was amazed by what I found | Hull Live

Social media for charity shops | Charity Retail Learning

 

New textile initiative announces BHF and Salvation Army as early sign ups

Other charities and interested parties are also being encouraged to sign up to Wrap’s initiative. The Textile Recycling Association has also joined up.

Charities encouraged to join Textiles 2030 environmental initiative | UK Fundraising

Green credentials for charity retailers | Charity Retail Learning

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 11.4.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

 

To haggle or not to haggle?

An interesting poll was run by financial guru Martin Lewis on Twitter this week, about whether it’s acceptable to haggle in charity shops. What’s your policy on this? Will you change your prices if asked, or do you stick to your guns? 

Martin Lewis fans divided over whether it is acceptable to haggle in charity shops | Edinburgh Live

 

Second hand makes you stylish!

Research carried out in Australia suggests those who shop second hand are much more likely to be stylish: “….style-consciousness was a bigger predictor of second-hand shopping than being frugal or ecologically-conscious”

Do you shop for second-hand clothes? You’re likely to be more stylish | ABC News

 

The UK’s thriftiest towns

We’ve seen a few articles this week on the back of research conducted by for-sale.co.uk to find out which is the UK’s thriftiest town. Top of the list was Truro, followed by Lincoln – and Nottingham came in 5th. These two pieces feature St Barnabas Hospice, BHF, Cancer Research, Oxfam, Barnardos, Scope & British Red Cross

We visit Lincoln charity shops with a fiver and found plenty of bargains | Lincolnshire Live

Nottingham’s charity shops ‘thriving’ as research shows city shoppers love a bargain | Nottinghamshire Live

 

Bay Garnett runs pre loved designer sale to raise funds for Oxfam’s Ukraine appeal

Working with Oxfam for the past six years as its senior fashion advisor, Garnett has been set on channelling her carnal desire to hunt down the best vintage clothes for good. She has curated Selfridges pop-up shops, hosted second-hand sourced runway shows and this morning is in the midst of stringing together a one-day-only shopping extravaganza, set to take over Notting Hill’s historic St Peter’s church on 23 April.

The ultimate fashion charity shop sale is coming to Notting Hill | Evening Standard

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 4.4.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

 

New sector wide social media campaign from the CRA launched

We love this new campaign from the CRA, highlighting the many different benefits of charity shops. There are lots of images for you to share, so make sure you take part and tell the world just how fabulous charity retail is!

#morethanashop | Charity Retail Association

 

What and how much? Tips on listing donated product online

Here’s a really helpful blog from our friends at Shopiago about knowing what to list on your online platforms

Which items should your charity list and for what price? | Shopiago

 

How to manage an influx of donations

A good piece here from Third Sector on managing a large influx of stock – as we saw post lockdown and as some charities are experiencing around the Ukraine appeal 

How to manage a sudden influx of stock | Third Sector

 

How to look amazing, Op-Shop style

We love watching Michelle Trebilco – otherwise known as Veteran Vamp – and all her incredible op shop (Australian term for charity shop) outfits. She really knows how to cut a dash and you can read more about her here. 

All the footpath’s a catwalk for Tecoma’s op shop fashionista | The Age

 

Sustainability blog for you

We love Rae Ritchie’s blog and newsletter on all things sustainable. Some of you may know Rae as she delivers our Green Credentials course – and is also the Green Agony Aunt in Woman magazine, For a quick and interesting read about all things green – including charity shops from time to time – subscribe to her newsletter.

Turning the dial: moving towards a more ethical life | Rae Ritchie

 

M&S join the reuse movement 

Another mainstream retailer encourages and facilitates its customers to pass on their products when they’re finished with them. Do you think this will be a threat to our sector’s stock supply? 

M&S joins the Dotte resale collective | M&S

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 28.3.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

 

Charity Shop Gift Card picks up pace

We’re loving seeing so many charities sign up for the new charity shop gift card – including St Rocco’s Hospice mentioned here – and Marie Curie – the first national charity to join the scheme.  If you haven’t already looked into signing up – you should! 

St Rocco’s Hospice brings gift card scheme to Warrington | Warrington Guardian

 

Mainstream retailers promoting circular economy and reuse

Read about how Beyond Retro are partnering with Lucy & Yak to promote sustainability. We will undoubtedly see more of this type of commercial partnership appearing in future – charity retail needs to make sure it works hard to hold its place in this growing market. 

Beyond Retro bolsters in-store exchange programme with Lucy & Yak partnership | The Industry

 

Quality donations are very much still to be found

Despite a general trend towards poorer quality donations, there are still some amazing goods being donated to charity shops around the country. This article showcases some fabulous goods donated to British Red Cross, Barnardo’s and CRUK in Knutsford. 

Town less than 40 minutes from Stoke-on-Trent where charity shops sell bargain designer gear | Stoke-on-Trent Live

 

Charity shops are officially cool!

We’ve always known this – and it’s great to see an increasing number of articles talking about how brilliant charity shops are – like this one from the Liverpool Echo. Why don’t you contact your local paper and ask them to run a piece on the fabulous bargains to be found in your shops? Or partner up with the other charity shops in your street or area to put something out together.

Cool looks as city basks in spring sunshine | Liverpool Echo

 

A blog to look out for

We really enjoy reading Dave Chunilal’s blogs which cover a range of topics, but often focus on digital transformation in the charity sector. You can follow him on LinkedIn to keep up to date with his thoughts. Here’s his latest blog:

What digital transformation looks like in the charity sector | LinkedIn

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 21.3.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

The future of retail

Some great insights from Shopify on  retail trends for this year and beyond. Thanks to Steven Sutterby for sharing this 

The Future of Retail Report: Trends for 2022 | Shopify

 

What sells best on ebay? 

A really useful report for all you ecommerce sellers out there

What sells best on eBay? And the Best Things to Sell for Profit 2022 | Wholesale Clearance

 

Havens Hospice opens Re:Loved store

A great event to launch Havens Hospices first premium style store

Havens Re:loved store launched in Leigh | Leigh Times

 

Bosies Charity Shop in Aberdeen

A great piece on the small but mighty Bosies charity retail operation in Aberdeen

Aberdeen charity shop Bosies perfect for furnishing your home on a budget | Press and Journal

 

Empty spaces in town and city centres – an opportunity?

Could charity retail take over some of these larger units – perhaps working together with others? We’d love to see charity department shops in every town.

Almost 90% of Debenhams stores still lie empty a year after collapse | Retail industry | The Guardian

 

New charity shop linked to campaigning

Good to see Sense using their new shop as a platform to talk about the charity’s latest campaign

MP welcomed at new Aber charity shop | Cambrian News

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 14.3.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

News from Oxfam on their ecommerce and retail strategies

Oxfam is overhauling its retail operations in a bid to reach more online customers and supporters around the world.

Oxfam announces retail strategy overhaul to boost online focus | UK Fundraising

 

Barnardo’s second superstore opens in Bradford

We know that lots of you loved the look of this Barnardo’s store from the response to the pictures we shared on our LinkedIn page. Here’s the full story:

Barnardo’s opens superstore at Bradford Forster Square Shopping Park | BBC 

 

A different kind of charity retail

We were delighted to see our friends at Age UK Sheffield open their cafe in Hillsborough Park in Sheffield this week after many years planning and working on it. We wish them every success in their new venture.

Age UK Sheffield’s Old Coach House cafe set to open after £1 million renovation | The Star

 

Plans to restrict disposal of unsold goods in Scotland

This proposed ban from the Scottish Government on disposing of unsold, durable goods could mean charity retailers benefit from new stock sources.

Destruction of unsold goods could be banned in Scotland | BBC News (ampproject)

 

Raising money, delivering services

This new shop from Lotus Sanctuary shows how charity shops can be so much more than a shopping experience 

New hub ready to help empower people and raise funds | expressandstar

 

ForSight open their first store in Omagh, Northern Ireland today. ForSight are the sister organisation of NCBI who already operate over 130 shops in the Republic of Ireland.

ForSight unveiled as Northern Ireland’s newest chain of charity shops | msn

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 7.3.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

International Women’s Day 2022

We loved these blogs for International Women’s Day from Kate Heaps, CEO at Greenwich and Bexley Hospice and Lily Caswell from Florence Nightingale Hospice. As a sector with so many brilliant women in all kinds of roles, it’s wonderful to take the time to acknowledge their contributions.

‘Breaking the Bias’ in charity retail | Charity Retail Association

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022 | Charity Retail Association

 

Shopiago Online Charity Award winners announced

We were thrilled to be on the judging panel for Shopiago’s first online charity awards. The winners were announced this week, with good news for British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie, British Red Cross and Highland Hospice 

Shopiago Online Charity Award Winners | Shopiago

 

Yet another reason to join the Charity Retail Association

As if the service our sector receives from membership body, the Charity Retail Association wasn’t good enough already, charity retailers can now access free professional Employment Law, HR, and Health & Safety advice there too. It’s membership renewal time this month too, so make sure you sign up

The Charity Retail Association adds value for members with new WorkNest partnership | Bdaily

 

First edition Harry Potter book bought for 50p in a charity shop could sell for £3K

When faced with the volume of books donated into charity shops it can be easy to miss the special ones – and this edition has a child’s drawings in it too, so might have easily been thrown away. It just goes to show how important it is to check everything before putting it out for sale. 

Harry Potter bought for 50p in charity shop could sell for £3k | BBC News

 

Designer clothes, designer prices?

What do you think of this article about “eye watering” prices in Wimbledon charity shops? We know those items are worth that price – and so does this shopper, but she’s not prepared to pay them. Does her article help or hinder?  

‘I went to one of London’s poshest charity shops selling clothes for £500 but managed to bag a designer outfit for £30’ – Elizabeth Haigh | MyLondon

 

More younger people volunteering in charity shops

Some really encouraging research into volunteering from the British Heart Foundation

Latest Statistics Show Significant Increase in Youth Volunteers – The Oxford Student

 

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The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 28.2.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

Charity retail at the heart of London Fashion Week

A great piece from Salvation Army Trading on their observations from the front row of London Fashion week

London Fashion Week Rundown | LinkedIn

 

7 good reasons to work in charity retail from the Irish Charity Shops Association

Some great points made in this piece from ISCA that can help you to promote your charity retail vacancies

Why work in Charity Retail? Here are 7 good reasons. | ICSA – Irish Charity Shops Association

 

Managing your reputation when closing a store

Closing a shop can sometimes have negative repercussions within its community. St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth shows us how to engage and communicate well through this piece in The Cornish Times

St Luke’s Hospice message to the people of Callington with regret over charity shop closure | The Cornish Times

 

Working with bloggers and influencers

Our good friends at St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln opened their new superstore called The Warehouse recently. They invited a group of Lincoln Bloggers to a preview event and got some fantastic coverage as a result. A brilliant example of partnership working in social media

lincolnbloggersuk | Instagram

 

Mystery books initiative launched

We loved this idea from Demelza of selling a mystery bag of books via their online shop. Have you tried anything similar? 

Mystery books | Demelza

 

Sustainability offer from mainstream retail grows

More and more mainstream retailers are jumping on the sustainability bandwagon – which is great for the environment. But how might it impact on charity retailers? Do schemes such as this one, launched by Rab this week, mean our supply of quality donations will become eroded? 

Outdoor brand Rab announces a new rental scheme | Runnersworld

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 21.2.22


Each week we share with you our pick of the best stories on charity retail, shopping secondhand and the circular economy from the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:

Charity retail in a post pandemic world

A great blog from Harry, online manager at Brandon Trust, on their journey into selling online

Charity retail in a post pandemic world | Brandon Trust

35 best online thrift stores

Think you know all the secondhand platforms out there? Think again! Here’s a round up of 35 sites focusing on preloved goods. From handbags to denim, designer wear to value bundles, it’s all covered here:

35 Best Online Thrift Stores For Affordable Vintage Clothing (In 2022) | thevou

Year round stock campaign from Age UK

It’s good to see Age UK taking a proactive approach to generating stock. We’ll watch with interest  to see how the campaign develops over the year – and if others follow suit.  

On stock generation – we are working with Esther Pugh from Leeds Beckett Uni on some research around protecting the sector’s source of quality stock in the light of the huge growth in private resale. We’ll keep you posted!

Age UK launches its first year-long charity shop stock appeal | UK Fundraising

Dublin’s finest charity shops

Vicki was working in Dublin last week and visited some of their fabulous charity shops, including Irish Cancer Society, St Vincent’s and Oxfam. Here’s a round-up of the best city centre stores according to Dublin Live

Best charity shops in Dublin city centre | Dublin Live

Take One Leave One – an extension of charity retail?

The campaign to help homeless people, rough sleepers or anyone in need stay warm in the winter is encouraging charity shops to take part too.  Would your shops be interested in hosting a TOLO rail? 

Homelessness project urges charity shops to join its campaign | Civil Society

 

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The Charity Retail Consultancy helps charity retailers and other non-profits (including museums and galleries) develop their retail operation, improve their product offer and people, and improve their profitability.

The Charity Retail Academy provides online & face to face training developed by charity retailers, for charity retailers. We work in partnership with the Charity Retail Association to deliver Charity Retail Learning to their members and beyond.

The Charity Retail Coach offers a first class executive coaching service via our Associate, Dan O’Driscoll.

To find out more or to speak to us about how we can help you, please get in touch:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

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