Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 24.04.23


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 also  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 Retail Social Value survey – we need your input!

Our good friends at the Charity Retail Association are collecting views on the social value of charity shops via a short survey. If you haven’t completed it yet, please do – and share widely with your supporters and organisations, as it’s for everyone who shops, volunteers or works in charity retail.  The more responses they get, the more valuable the research will be and the whole sector will benefit – so get sharing! 

Social value of charity shops survey – We need your input! | Charity Retail Association


Can charity shops really be called “greedy”?

This is an interesting read from Third Sector in defense of accusations of “greed” around charity shops who don’t sell their goods for pennies (most shops nowadays!) You have to subscribe for free for the whole article, but definitely worth a read.

Ian MacQuillin: The ethics of ‘greedy’ charity shop prices | Third Sector


Retail Ambassador announced for BHF

We’re seeing several charities establishing Ambassador schemes to help raise awareness. Last month Charity Shop Girl Jen Brady and The Air Ambulance Service announced their partnership – and this week it’s BHF and Kimberly Hart-Simpson’s turn. Finding local (or national) influencers to work alongside your chain can really pay dividends. The CRA has contact details of influencers who are happy to be approached, so that’s a great place to start if you want to find out more

Kimberly Hart-Simpson announced as our first Retail Ambassador | BHF


Charity retail pop-up launching in Melbourne

After Charity Super.Mkt here in the UK, here’s news of a collaborative pop up in Australia too, run by Charitable Recycling Australia

Charitable Recycling Australia launches ‘Charity Shop?’ pop up | Wastemanagement Review


Crisis x De Montfort Uni collab

Working with fashion students can be a great way to highlight sustainability, reach new, younger supporters, raise profile and raise income. Here’s a lovely example from Crisis

DMU students’ designs on sale after winning sustainable fashion challenge


Unusual things found in charity shops….

We love a bit of a giggle – and a great charity shop oddment. So if you fancy some ring pulls in resin, a chicken impaler or a creepy cat with skull jewellery, it’s all here. Can’t wait to see if any of these make it to the Most Unusual Donated Item final at the CRA awards in June….

40 Bizarre Treasures That Could Only Be Found In Secondhand Shops, As Shared On “Charity Shop Stuff” | Bored Panda


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