The changing face of charity retail

The changing face of charity retail

Would shoppers buy their Christmas or birthday presents from a charity shop? It’s a question that many may have not have considered before. Where a few years ago the answer may have been a definite “no”, today things have changed and the public’s perception of charity shops is also changing.

With concern about the environment and with the spotlight on re-purposing and recycling, charities play a huge roll in protecting our planet. Every donation to a charity shop helps with reducing carbon emissions, around 6.9 million tons a year, as well as resulting in less waste. Last year, charity shops prevented 323,000 tonnes of textiles going to landfill. So not only is shopping at the local charity store great for the pocket, it’s great for the planet too! Charity shops raise more than £270 million a year for good causes across the UK and abroad, as well as providing over 23,000 jobs.  The charity retail sector has more than 230,000 volunteers, the largest single group in the country. Pretty amazing statistics!

Expect the unexpected

Step inside a charity shop today and the difference is clear. A collection of eclectic goodies probably displayed like a modern high street shop with modern interiors. Some specialise in vintage clothing, antiques, furniture or pre-loved wedding dresses for example.  It’s like entering an Aladins cave of discovery of hidden gems! Some Charity stores have completely destroyed the preconceptions of what a charity store should look like. Take a look at these stunning examples – inviting, exciting, unique and incredibly creative. All are setting benchmarks and receiving awards on the charity scene.

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FARA charity shop

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Cancer Research

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Mary Portas Living & Giving Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posh Pop-Up

Recently Harrods unveiled their luxury charity pop-up store, raising money for the NSPCC with pre-owned designer items. Located on Sloane Street and named Fashion Re-told, it opened for a month with the aim to compete with the likes of Mulberry, Loewe, and Paul Smith for a fraction of the price. The concept for the decor was to be completely Instragrammable, perfect for unique photo opportunities, encouraging shoppers to share their experiences. It’s something that will no doubt be followed by other design houses and big brands who recognise the value of shopping for good.

Street 76 

Street 76

Street 76

We recently showcased our latest display system at the recent Charity Retail Conference. Street 76 is  modern, adaptable and guaranteed to make the most out of product lines or donated stock. Enhanced with industrial looking baskets and display cages, the ability to display clothing side hanging or forward facing, and shelves that can be moved as quickly as your stock changes.

The very epitome of flexibility and style, Street76™ allows you to create key product focused areas as well as providing virtually limitless display options for a whole range of merchandise. If you are looking to create that urban environment with true adjustability and variety, then look no further!

We also have a range of complimentary furniture items including console tables, ladder shelves, podiums and counters. These can be integrated as part of the Street76™ look, with our fashion feature stands which are made of milled steel – creating a unique shopping experience for your customers.

 

 

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Statistics from the Charity Retail Association

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