Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 27.06.22


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:

 

🏳️‍🌈 Due to popular demand we have now extended our Pride month competition until the 2nd of July 🏳️‍🌈

Share your shop’s Pride display and have a chance of being one of the 3 winners at the end of the month.

Full details here: Pride Month Window Competition | LinkedIn

 

100 year old charity shop volunteer shows us how it’s done

Brilliant video from the BBC of David Flucker who still volunteers at St Columba’s Hospice 3 days a week at 100 years old. Amazing volunteers like David are the core of any charity retail operation

The 100-year-old Edinburgh man still working three days a week | BBC News

Recommended:

Volunteer Recruitment | Charity Retail Learning

Volunteer Induction & Recognition | Charity Retail Learning

 

Marie Curie opens superstore & hub

It is fantastic to hear of Marie Curie UK‘s latest store being opened, the first new store since the pandemic. Their new Donation Centre and Community Hub combined into one is a great example of providing the charity’s services in-store.

Marie Curie opens superstore & hub | LinkedIn

Recommended: Space management | Charity Retail Learning

 

Nifty thrifties! How second hand fashion is becoming first choice 

This long piece from The Metro shows how interest in preloved fashion is skyrocketing. The trend towards greater acceptance and support for charity shopping continues to rise with the wider public as more and more people choose to help support the sector, as well as supporting the message and importance of sustainability and how charity shops help combat the rising cost of living for many

In Focus: Meet the women who thrive on being thrifty | Metro News

 

Digital thrifting

An interesting article from VICE detailing all things ecommerce and the rising popularity of second-hand shopping online. The rise of online shopping has provided a whole new world for second-hand and preloved goods for both Charity Shops and non-charities alike to sell to entirely new audiences and better connect with the younger generation. Included in this article are some thoughts and comments from our friends at Depop

Digital Thrifting: How E-Commerce Tech Is Changing The Second-Hand Market In 2022 | VICE

Recommended:

Introduction to ecommerce | Charity Retail Learning

Introduction to selling on Depop | Charity Retail Learning (Free)

 

Pilot scheme launched in for Ireland’s “donate don’t waste” textile scheme

Donate Don’t Waste separate textiles collection pilot has been launched as part of Community Resources Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation and demonstration project, Developing a Circular Textiles System for Ireland, which will inform national policy. Charity Shops are major re-users of textiles in Ireland like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and other Charity Retail Ireland members. We are excited to see the progress of the scheme in the future

‘Donate don’t waste textiles’ plea | Donegal News

 

Competition for top thrift stylist

Online charity shop Thriftify and Thrifting Queen Kavita (@shewearsfashion) have launched ‘The Thrift-Off’, a search for the UK and Ireland’s top sustainable stylist. This is a great idea that could be replicated locally too

Search for the UK and Ireland’s top sustainable stylist is on | RTE

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 20.06.22


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:

 

🏳️‍🌈 Due to popular demand we have now extended our Pride month competition until the 2nd of July 🏳️‍🌈

Share your shop’s Pride display and have a chance of being one of the 3 winners at the end of the month.

Full details here: Pride Month Window Competition | LinkedIn

Love Island x Willow Wood Hospice

Great example of how to make the most of all the eyes on second hand via Love Island. The attention that Love Island has brought to the charity retail sector has provided an amazing opportunity for all charity retailers to attract new people into their stores. 

Willow Wood Charity shops take inspiration from Love Island | InYourArea Community

 

Charity Shop Fashion Week

We loved seeing the fantastic fashions you all shared for the CRA’s Charity Shop Fashion Week. This video from our friends Charity Shop Girl Jen & Gemma Kate Burgess (Barnardo’s vintage) was a highlight for us

Vintage outfits @GKB im so in love with the red dress one! | TikTok

Charity Shop Fashion Week showcases stylish sustainability | UK Fundraising

Recommended: Friends of the CRC | Youtube

 

Volunteer recruitment competition idea

A great idea from Butterwick Hospice Care for people to try, creating some friendly competition while bringing attention to the importance of volunteers within the sector.

Hospice charity shops decorate windows to celebrate volunteers | The Northern Echo

Recommended: Volunteer Recruitment | Charity Retail Learning

Charity shops Gift Card gathers pace

Great to see new charities joining the scheme every week and accept the Charity Shop Gift Card, including Crisis, Sense, the YMCA and the Children’s Society

Charity shops: Gift card will be accepted at 2,500 stores as charities back new scheme | iNews

Recommended: The Charity Shop Gift Card | The Charity Retail Consultancy

New NCBI shop opens in Skibbereen

Great to see our friends at NCBI opening another new store and continue with their fantastic work. Their new Skibbereen store was designed to be modern and sustainable, promoting important values for the future of the sector.

Darina Allen opens Skibbereen charity shop for blind | EchoLIVE

Recommended: Space management | Charity Retail Learning

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 13.06.22


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:

 

🏳️‍🌈 For the month of June we are running a Charity Shop Pride Window Competition 🏳️‍🌈

Share your shop’s Pride display and have a chance of being one of the 3 winners at the end of the month.

Full details here: Pride Month Window Competition | LinkedIn

New concept in charity retail – the wholly  sustainable & ethical department store. 

Our friends at Groundwork have opened the Good Store on South Molton St in central London – selling preloved clothing from TRAID alongside locally & ethically produced new & upcycled goods. We’ve been delighted to be part of the store’s  journey and can’t wait to see what it will achieve

After 15 months of planning, presentations and refining, London’s first sustainable department store is now open and launches this week | LinkedIn

Cost of living crisis: Why preloved shopping in Sussex charity shops helps save you money while supporting a good cause

Nice article on how charity shops offer great value for money in a time when many people are struggling. In such difficult times this message has never been more important and is something the entire sector should be pushing to the public.

Cost of living crisis: Why preloved shopping in Sussex charity shops helps save you money while supporting a good cause | SussexWorld

Recommended: Engagement | Charity Retail Learning

 

Former Mile Cross tip in Norwich reopens as charity reuse drop off

A fantastic initiative by FCC Environment in support of the Benjamin Foundation which has transformed a former waste centre into a new reuse drop off centre. By using a site already known to the wider community this serves as a great way to interact with the public and gain a great source of stock, all while pushing the importance of sustainability.

Former Mile Cross tip in Norwich reopens as charity reuse drop off | Norfolk Live

 

Jersey charities say volunteer numbers are not back to pre-pandemic levels

As the world continues to move on from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic many charities still find recruitment a major challenge with levels not returning to pre-pandemic levels. As this article shows with testimony from the Salvation Army, volunteers remain a major component of any charity shop and the continuing shortage could have lasting effects on the sector

Jersey charities say volunteer numbers are not back to pre-pandemic levels | ITV News Channel

Recommended:

Volunteer Recruitment | Charity Retail Learning

Charity Retail Recruitment Webinar | Charity Retail Learning (Free)

 

Love Island: Second hand clothes and the trouble with fast fashion

The collaboration between Love Island and eBay is what everyone is talking about this summer. This amazing collab has catapulted preloved clothes into the mainstream resulting in articles like this from the BBC explaining the issues with fast fashion and giving tips on how the average person can do their part

Love Island: Second hand clothes and the trouble with fast fashion | BBC News

Recommended: Introduction to ecommerce | Charity Retail Learning

 

How to nail on-trend festival fashion while being a sustainable shopper

In the same vein as the previous article this piece is promoting sustainable and preloved fashion for the upcoming summer festival season, including thoughts and tips from Oxfam. It is so exciting to see this trend break out into the mainstream and shows the importance and opportunity for the sector to attract many new younger customers.

How to nail the trends for summer festivals while shopping sustainable | Metro News

Recommended: Visual Merchandising | Charity Retail Learning

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 06.06.22


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:

 

🏳️‍🌈 For the month of June we are running a Charity Shop Pride Window Competition 🏳️‍🌈

Share your shop’s Pride display and have a chance of being one of the 3 winners at the end of the month.

Full details here: Pride Month Window Competition | LinkedIn

Charity Retail Awards 2022

Charity Retail Awards 2022 – Charity Retail Association Supplier of the Year Award – we’d love your vote if you value what we do – more details about how to vote are here

Recommended: Safeguarding | Charity Retail Learning (Free for all CRA members)

 

Charities urge exemption from ‘unpopular’ online sales tax

A very important article from Civil Society detailing the proposed online sales tax and its effects on Charity Retailers, including statements from our friends at the CRA on the necessity of an exemption for charities.

Charities urge exemption from ‘unpopular’ online sales tax | Civil Society

 

ITV Corrie’s Kimberly Hart-Simpson looks totally different from Nicky character as she poses in £3 charity shop outfit

A fantastic story of a Coronation Street star showing off her stunning outfit and providing some charity retail tips. Simple things like this go a long way in promoting charity shopping to the public and we hope to see this amazing trend continue.

ITV Corrie’s Kimberly Hart-Simpson looks totally different from Nicky character as she poses in £3 charity shop outfit | Manchester Evening News

Recommended: Charity Retail Top Tips with Jen – The Charity Retail Consultancy | YouTube

 

The seven best charity shops in Oxford, Banbury and Bicester according to Google reviews

A helpful article giving the rundown of some of the best charity shops in the area according to public feedback. Letting you know where you can get the best finds and also help out for important causes.

This article includes stores from Sobell House, Sue Ryder, Bardardo’s, Scope, & Woodgreen Pets Charity

The seven best charity shops in Oxford, Banbury and Bicester according to Google reviews | Oxfordshire Live

 

Collaboration aims to highlight impact of stroke, disability and fashion

We loved this collection by Style for Stroke – although it’s not preloved it is ethically produced from deadstock textiles and printed to order.  Plus it highlights a great cause, looks great and raises money for the charity via their online sales.

Collaboration aims to highlight impact of stroke, disability and fashion | Charity Today News

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 30.05.22


🏳️‍🌈 For the month of June we are running a Charity Shop Pride Window Competition. Share your shop’s Pride display and have a chance of being one of the 3 winners ay the end of the month. Full details here: Pride Month Window Competition | LinkedIn 🏳️‍🌈

 

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:

 

Charity Shops Survey 2022

Civil Society’s Charity Shop Survey is now open. This survey is a key benchmarking tool for our sector – the more charities take part, the more useful it is. Make sure you submit data – and you’ll receive a free copy of the survey when it’s published.

Charity Shops Survey 2022 opens | Civil Society

 

Zoe Amar: What the pandemic digital revolution means for charity shops

In this article our friend the wonderful Zoe Amar discusses the effects of the pandemic on charity shops and the importance of selling online for the charity retail sector.

What the pandemic digital revolution means for charity shops | Third Sector

More from Zoe: Social media for charity shops | Charity Retail Learning

Recommended: Introduction to ecommerce | Charity Retail Learning

 

Platinum Jubilee ideas: How to host sustainable party for Queen’s celebrations and combat ‘plastic hell’

With the long weekend starting tomorrow and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Friday many people across the UK are preparing for parties and celebrations. This article details some of the advice given by The Reuse Network to cut down on needless waste and keep the celebrations eco-friendly.

How to host sustainable party for Queen’s celebrations and combat ‘plastic hell’ | iNews

 

Inspire revamps its thrift shops

Inspire Foundation Malta have overseen a fresh refurbishment and restructure of all of their stores and charity retail operation. They hope that these changes will appeal more to a wider audience and provide a more traditional retail experience for shoppers. It will be interesting to see how these changes effect their performance in the future and how their changes can help other stores in the sector.

Inspire revamps its thrift shops | Times of Malta

Recommended:

Space management – making the most of your shop floor | Charity Retail Learning

Visual Merchandising | Charity Retail Learning

 

Wrexham woman named a ‘volunteering champion’ for her work

In honour of Volunteer Week this article shows a ‘Volunteer Champion’ from Wrexham and her work to help out in her community. Article like these shows the importance and effect that one volunteer can have in helping important causes.

Wrexham woman named a ‘volunteering champion’ for her work | Leader Live

 

Top tips for finding thrifty charity shop bargains as the cost of living grips

As the cost of living crisis continues to effect people across the UK and the world this article details top tips for optimising your charity retail experience, including the British Red Cross’s Give and Gain loyalty card. Charity Shops remain a key element in providing affordable and sustainable clothes, goods, and other items for people worldwide.

Top tips for finding thrifty charity shop bargains as the cost of living grips | Chronicle Live

Recommended: The Charity Shop Gift Card | The Charity Retail Consultancy

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

Follow us on social media:

 

Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 23.05.22


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 Awards 2022

We are extremely excited to see the return of the Charity Retail Awards from our friends at the CRA. The awards will be held on Friday 16 September at Harrogate Convention Centre with a variety of categories up for grabs. At the previous awards in 2019 the Charity Retail Consultancy was honoured with the Supplier of the Year award, and we are hoping to repeat our success.

Charity Retail Awards 2022 | Charity Retail Association

 

Charity Retail Ireland Awards 2021

Awards season is upon us and Irish Charity Shops Association, now Charity Retail Ireland, have given out their latest round of awards. The Charity Retail Ireland Awards honoured and recognised a number of charity across Ireland last week, see their LinkedIn below for the winners and other posts about the awards.

Charity Retail Ireland | LinkedIn

 

Listen to this fantastic radio interview with The Irish Wheelchair Association, one of the winners of the awards, here:

Clare Charity Shop Set To Act As Model For Others To Follow | Clare FM

 

A day in the life of a NZ charity shop

This great article covers a day in the life of a Nelson Tasman Hospice shop in New Zealand. The story covers the process and day to day of the shop as well as touching on the important of volunteers and the changing attitudes towards charity shopping.

A day in the life of a charity shop | Stuff

 

Faye Fe Lanty on TikTok

This amazing TikTok account from Australia by Faye De Lanty is always providing new and entertaining video giving tips and advice on charity shopping with a focus of upcycling. Check out some of her videos below

Faye De Lanty (@fayedelanty) | TikTok

 

Transforming Giant Thrift Shop Paintings

Continuing on the theme of upcycling we found this great video from an artist on Facebook upcycling old Painting bought from a charity shop with his own artwork. Video’s like these show the many strange and wonderful ways any item found in a charity shop can be upcycled and remixed, giving the item new life and new purpose.

Transforming Giant Thrift Shop Paintings | Facebook

 

Stay tuned this week for a fab announcement and competition starting this Friday. You won’t want to miss it.

Also see out latest Guest Blog by Lee Fellows on the Charity Shop Gift Card here: The Charity Shop Gift Card – The Charity Retail Consultancy

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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The Charity Shop Gift Card






This is a guest post by 
Lee Fellows, 
Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Charity Shop Gift Card

How did The Charity Shop Gift Card come about?

Anyone that has attended a webinar will have heard our origin story, well stories to be more accurate, as the idea came to two different people independently.  One was Lottie Bradley, Retail Design Manager for Save the Children who thought a gift card for exclusive use at charity shops would be a great concept and discussed this with her father, Richard, one of our founders and CEO of Acceptcards.  Richard loved the idea and set about investigating if this was a viable business.  Quite early on, Richard contacted myself, knowing I had a background in gift cards and could help develop the idea.

Our other founder is Sarah Cox, who was a keen charity shopper and had seen the battle facing some families struggling to make ends meet when she had worked as a teacher in a deprived area of Bristol.

Sarah experienced some of these challenges when her marriage broke down and she left the family home with four children and almost no possessions.  Sarah recognised that not everyone in her situation had the support network to provide the essential items she needed when setting up a new home and set about developing a scheme that would allow people in her situation to access the essential items in charity shops without the charity missing out.  Sarah worked on her idea and planned to work with councils and support agencies that provide direct financial support to those in need and quite early on contacted the CRA for help.

The two ideas were brought together following some matchmaking by the CRA and the rest, as they say, is history!

 

How Does it Work

Fundamentally this is like most other retail gift cards and once loaded, the cards can be spent in any participating CRA member.  The gift cards are available as both physical cards (made from recyclable board rather than plastic) or e-vouchers and are processed via your EPOS system.

As cards are being sold in different channels, we take care of the treasury management and settle any gift card transactions every month.  We provide seven days a week customer services to help both cardholders and the teams in the shops, so there is always support available.

 

Why Should a Charity Join the Scheme?

We are selling the gift card online via our and third-party websites, via the large racks in supermarkets and other major retailers (known as gift card malls), via gift card agencies that supply employee and consumer rewards and benefits and to the support sector (councils, support agencies and other entities that provide support to those in need).  Virtually all these funds will represent incremental revenue to charities and so we really do think that this is a great scheme for any retail charity that is trying to grow or diversify its income.

We also think that as well as driving incremental revenue the scheme will introduce new customers to charity shopping which will hopefully create ongoing trade and the potential for increased donations.

 

Do you think there is a demand for a charity gift card?

Most definitely yes.  The gift card agencies that we work with are telling us that there is a demand for sustainable gift cards as consumers are seeing through the greenwashing and want to shop more consciously.  There’s also a market for consumers that are on a budget whether they are students or simply shopping secondhand to make their money go further.

We’re also creating demand with councils, support agencies and charities that provide financial support to those in need.  Much of these funds are being loaded onto high street retailer gift cards and we’re offering an alternative which helps reduce the amount of items going to landfill, helps make funds go further and helps charities in the local area.

The reaction from councils has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re now progressing opportunities for the card to be used not just for crisis funding but for prison leavers, refugees, people setting up a new home due to domestic violence or young adults leaving care and living independently for the first time.

 

How are things going?

As with any new initiative there’s been highs and lows but we’re genuinely thrilled with the way that the scheme is developing.  The card is now available in Sainsbury’s and WHSmith stores and later this month we’ll also see Asda and Boots distribute the card meaning that the gift card will soon be available at circa 2,000 locations across the UK.  We’ve got our first councils and support agencies involved – something that we’ll be expanding over the coming months and our first national charity is live with more coming soon.

We’d love more charities to join the scheme and whilst we understand caution with introducing another new initiative into shops, the scheme only succeeds if the sector gets behind it and consumers can spend their gift card in their favourite charity shops.  So I’d encourage any charity that has taken a ‘watching brief’ to join the scheme as soon as they can – we don’t charge anything to join the scheme and the EPOS vendors have made the feature easy to use and highly intuitive.

 

What are the ambitions for the scheme?

We genuinely believe that the scheme can do a power of good for the sector and we think that within 3-5 years the scheme will see £50m loaded onto the gift card.

As well as increasing charity revenues, we want the card to be viewed as the most sustainable gift available for consumers.

We took the decision to register the business as a social enterprise some time ago and once we’re profitable, we hope to help those in need by converting at least 65% of our profits into gift cards and donating them to foodbanks, refuges and other support agencies.

 

Learn more about The Charity Shop Gift Card at their website: The Charity Shop Gift Card

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 16.05.22


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

 

Silly Wednesday: The slow made to order fashion brand based in Bradford

Upcycling is on the up and this article shows one of the many ways people can reuse materials found in charity shops to create new and unique items. Projects like these provide an amazing opportunity to attract volunteers and make a profit off of old materials, as well as promote sustainable fashion

Silly Wednesday: The slow made to order fashion brand based in Bradford | Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Recommended: Upcycling is the new black | The Charity Retail Consultancy

 

Charity to donate money from Lanarkshire shops to help disabled kids in Ukraine

Sense Scotland are leading a fantastic campaign in Lanarkshire to help Ukrainian children with learning difficulties during such a difficult time.

Charity to donate money from Lanarkshire shops to help disabled kids in Ukraine | Daily Record

 

Best charity shops in London for designer buys

A helpful article giving the rundown of some of the best charity shops for designer fashion in London. Letting you know where you can get the best finds and also help out for important causes.

This article includes stores from Mary’s Living & Giving Shops with Save the Children, TRAID, Royal Trinity Hospice, Octavia Foundation, and FARA

Best charity shops in London for designer buys | HELLO!

 

YMCA charity shop in Park Mall, Ashford, to sell all items for £1 amid cost of living crisis

A great initiative by the YMCA to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis and attract customers to their stores, creating a sustainable and affordable environment for all.

YMCA charity shop in Park Mall, Ashford, to sell all items for £1 amid cost of living crisis | Kent Online

Recommended: Charity retail community engagement | Charity Retail Learning

 

‘Upmarket’ Cheshire charity shop reopens after two years offering designer label bargains

Another article involving designer fashion, this time from East Cheshire Hospice in Cheshire which has finally been able to reopen after a long 2 years due to the Covid pandemic. Excited to see life being breathed into the charity retail sector again. 

‘Upmarket’ Cheshire charity shop reopens after two years offering designer label bargains | Cheshire Live

 

What are your rights when you shop second-hand?

An important piece for all Charity Shoppers and Charity Retailers – detailing the rights consumers are entitled to and Retailers must provide. Including examples like our friends at Ebay and the British Heart Foundation.

What are your rights when you shop second-hand? | Good Housekeeping

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

Follow us on social media:

 

Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 09.05.22


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 – with lots of news from the USA this week

 

News from the USA – how small price changes can make a big difference

We love reading Tim Gebauer’s blogs – he is Director of Retail at Habitat For Humanity DuPage County & Chicago South Suburbs and always offers up interesting perspectives. This blog talks about pricing in thrift – have a read and give him a follow.

Moving the Thrift Price Needle | LinkedIn

 

Recommended CRL course: Essential Stock Processes

 

Volunteering campaign from the CRA

More great work from our good friends at the Charity Retail Association – a public facing campaign to encourage people to volunteer in charity shops, just in time for the run up to Volunteers Week

Charity Retail Association launches campaign to raise profile of charity shop volunteering | UK Fundraising

 

Recommended CRL course: Gift Aid for shop volunteers

 

Local press supporting charity retailers

A nice piece here on the BHF shop in Picadilly Gardens, Manchester. We’re seeing lots of this type of article just now, so why not get in touch with your local paper and invite them to see what they can find in your shops? You could even buddy up with other charity shops on your street and promote your whole area.

I visited a Manchester charity shop and found PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo and vintage bargains | Manchester Evening News

 

Top thrifting tips

This article from the US has some great tips to share on secondhand shopping for homewares 

9 Thrifting Tips to Follow for the Best Secondhand Finds | Better Homes & Gardens

 

Roman Bust found in charity shop returns to Europe!

Nice to see a happy ending for this chap… what treasures have you found in your stores?

Charity shop find turns out to be ancient Roman bust probably taken from wartime Germany | Sky News

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

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Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 02.05.22


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:

 

Charity Shop Gift Card

Robin Osterley, Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, tells us why the new Charity Shop Gift Card is such an exciting development for the sector – and why you should sign up

“One of the most exciting things that has come across my desk in six years” – Robin Osterley | The Charity Shop Gift Card

 

BHF’s Reuse Revolution launched

Lots of great celebrity support for this month’s campaign across BHF shops – both online and high street. These ideas could easily be replicated in smaller or local charities too

Join our Reuse Revolution; shop and donate preloved this May | BHF

 

Reuse fashion show for Isabel Hospice

Here’s a  brilliant collaboration with fashion students to help showcase just what’s possible when you shop in charity shops. Perfect engagement and a wonderful way to bring younger people into the business.

Hertford Regional College Upcycle Fashion Show | Linkedin

For more pictures, click here

Recommended CRL Courses:

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

Green credentials for charity retailers

 

Stylist magazine partners with Oxfam to showcase charity shop homewares

Again, something that you could do locally – working with interior designers to show what fab things you have to sell, and how to make them look great in your home. 

(And check out those Wedgewood plates in the article! Looks like it’s finally on trend again…. 🙂 )

How to find stylist second-hand buys at Oxfam homeware shops | Stylist

 

Charities collaborate to bring a pop up preloved shop to the public

South Bucks Hospice & the National Trust worked together with waste management company, FCC Environment to deliver a fab pop up event at Stowe Gardens in Aylesbury

Pop-up reuse event in Aylesbury Vale raises £2,500 for hospice | Bucks Herald

Recommended CRL Course:

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

 

More About Us

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:

hello@thecharityretailconsultancy.co.uk

Jayne – 07598 243210

Vicki – 07985 574904

Follow us on social media:

 

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