Referring to my About me page again for this post. Well two points from there really as I did voluntary work in one early last year.
I did about 6 months voluntary with Sense, the deaf/blind charity at their shop in Accrington Centre. I only left when I started being ill, just before an operation in July. During that time I had also been doing short college courses as well, so I was keeping fairly busy. This was after my last employment finished and I was looking for other work.
Sense charity shop, Accrington
As well as the shop they also have a small care home in the town.
But as I say, my work was at the shop. I quite enjoyed it as I got to meet lots of people. It was interesting to see the various types who went in there. Some will actually try to knock prices down, believe it or not. Where do they think they are, at a flea market?
Of course there are the shoplifters too. How low can you get, stealing from a charity?
The large majority of the customers were absolutely fine. Some were regulars, coming in several times a week.
My work was mainly sorting through clothes and other items that came in. steaming or washing them, whichever was appropriate. Sorting the stock on rails and shelves on the shop floor, plus a bit of window dressing.
It was amazing some of the quality stuff that was donated. On the other hand, you would get the occasional donation which was absolute rubbish. I couldn’t for shame embarrass myself like that.
I’m also a charity shop frequenter. Or I was. I rarely get down into town at the moment due to illness. I had a set route to the ones I preferred. The cheapest was obviously first. That was the Age UK shop, and they stock the majority of their items for £1. I’ve had some cracking bargains from there, including several good pairs of curtains.
To be honest, I can’t remember when I bought any “new” clothes, apart from “smalls” that is.
If I am looking for a particular household item, I will check these shops first. I actually got eight rolls of quality wallpaper for £1 each. Enough to decorate our the large hallway in our flat.
Many people complain about there being too many charity shops and pound shops in certain towns. Accrington included. But they are well used and there is obviously the need. Surely that is better than empty shops in any case
In the pictures below one is obviously the shop itself.
The other two feature the manageress Taz in Lady Gaga type outfits.
The one in black was for a fundraiser.
The one in red, was for a competition “Paint the town red” (you can actually spot her in the shop picture, sat in the window). They received the first prize for best shop display, judged by members of the Accrington Stanley football team. The prize was a year’s advertising on the hoardings at Stanley’s Crown Ground.
Well done Taz!
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