I had plans to post this during Children’s Hospice Week, turns out that was last week! So I’m posting anyway, better late than never and all that!
I have recently started working at Hope House‘s Charity shop in my local town to get back into work, kick the last of my anxiety and get a social life. So far I’m absolutely loving it and would recommend it to anyone, the women there are all lovely and most of the customers are very sweet too 🙂 So I thought it would be a nice idea to follow Hayley at Single Motherhood Challenges example and big up the charity shops!
Firstly I’ll fill you in about Hope House, it’s a Children’s Hospice in the North West and Wales that cares for children with incurable diseases. They provide counselling for the families and the children themselves, they organise day trips, they provide respite care to give the parents a break and generally make the kids lives a lot brighter. The counselling they provide doesn’t end with the death of the child either, they support the parents for as long as they need it. It costs about £3.5 million a year to run the 2 hospices and almost all that money is raised through fund raising and the charity shops, one of which I work in. It’s a fabulous charity that does so much great work, definitely a worthy cause!
(This is the back room upstairs!)
I will admit that I’ve never been a charity shop shopper, not because I don’t like the idea of wearing second hand stuff, that doesn’t bother me, but because the shops are tiny, dingy and so full of stuff that it’s impossible to find anything. I am aware that this is not the case with all charity shops, but the ones in my local area are all like that, and I hate it. I hate it in all shops, not just charity shops, I wont go into a shop if it looks dark and squished and generally uninviting. However, my local Hope House recently moved to a lovely new shop just a little down the road from where they originally were. Said new shop is bigger, brighter and more beautiful! There is a lot more space in it, there’s an upstairs that stocks Bridal wear, Holiday wear, Occasion wear, Art work, Linens and Vintage alongside the normal bric-a-brac, clothes and books that you would expect in a charity shop. In fact, you wouldn’t think it was a charity shop. It’s all nicely laid out and our window displays are lovely, we even have air conditioning!
So now I am a charity shop convert! I find myself tagging stock, putting it out and then an hour or so later, I’m buying it! It’s not just me either, most of the girls leave having bought something every shift, it’s very addictive and there’s some truly beautiful, interesting and cool stuff that comes in. From CDs and DVDs that you always wanted to own, to that perfect little outfit that you could never afford! If you’ve never been in, give it a try! You have nothing to loose and maybe a fabulous bargain to gain!
I’d definitely recommend volunteering too, it’s the best job I’ve ever had and I keep wishing they’d pay me so I didn’t have to leave! It’s a really relaxed environment to work in but everything still gets done, there’s no yelling or demanding, someone just mentions that something needs doing and it gets sorted. It’s like working with a group of friends really, lots of girly chats while you work and plenty of laughter. If you’ve been thinking about it you should definitely give it a shot, it’s great fun and you’re doing something good!