Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 09.01.23

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

Happy new year! 

Welcome to our first round up of 2023 – we’re looking forward to sharing lots of charity retail news and ideas with you over the next 12 months

Charity Retail Awards

We’re excited to be going to the long-awaited Charity Retail Awards this month in Birmingham and hope to see lots of you there. Celebrating the fantastic achievements of our wonderful sector is always a highlight for us – and although the ceremony was delayed from last year, we can’t think of a better way to start 2023.

Most unusual donation?

This is an entertaining category in the awards each year – and this BBC article featuring Ty Hafan, Tenovus Cancer Care, Hope House Children’s Hospices and British Red Cross highlights some of the wackiest donations they’ve seen lately.

Charity shops: Sex toys and ashes among more bizarre donations | BBC News

Changes in the law might bring extra costs for furniture charity retailers

Make sure you keep up to date with the changes that are happening around disposal of upholstered goods. As always, the Charity Retail Association is doing a great job advocating for the sector – and will be keeping members up to date on their progress. If you aren’t a member now, make sure you join to get all the benefits of membership

Charities fear 200% disposal cost increases due to POPs rules | Lets Recycle

Good news all round

Three stories from Oxfam, Scope and Sense highlighting their retail growth last year, showing how important trading income is to these nationals

Oxfam benefits from surge in Christmas sales | The Retail Bulletin

‘Surge of support’ helps Scope’s charity shop income soar | Third Sector

Trading boost pushes Sense’s income to four-year high | Civil Society

Love Island x ebay is back!

Ebay have announced that once again they will be partnering with Love Island to help promote sustainable and preloved fashion. There were lots of great examples from charity retailers large and small last year of how to use this high profile partnership to boost local sales – so make sure you build this into your marketing and promotional calendar

Love Island recouples with eBay for ninth season after success of secondhand-clothed islanders last year | Bristol Live



Marketing Essentials for Charity Retail | Charity Retail Learning

Pressure on Australian charities around dumped donations

Australian charity retail giant, Vinnie’s and our friends at Charitable Recycling Australia highlight the challenges created by donors dumping donations rather than bringing them to shops when they are open

‘We can’t police it’: Australian charities forced to spend millions to deal with donation dumping | Charities | The Guardian



Right stock, right shop – how to effectively stock your shops | Charity Retail Learning


And a great article here highlighting Vinnie’s expansion plans in New South Wales – their new Sydney store looks fantastic!

St Vincent de Paul: Vinnies launches first inner-city shop in 10 years as vintage fashion booms | Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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