Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 12.12.22

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

Last call for your Chsirtmas window displays!

Over 70 shops have taken part so far in this year’s #acopiabestdressed Christmas Charity Shop Window Competition and there are just 3 days left to enter! 

Acopia are thrilled to receive entries from competition veterans Barnardo’s, Acorns and Age Concern as well newcomers to the competition – The Dog’s TrustSue Ryder and The Kirkwood to name a few.

The standard once again has been very high this year and there has been real ingenuity in the use of re-used and donated items.

As well as all the lovely photos, several charities have submitted videos too which has really helped to bring their windows to life.

This year, Acopia have been working with Charity Shop Girl to encourage more shops to enter their festive window displays. Jen will be judging all the entries along with Terry Gardner early next week, ahead of the winners announcement video  – so watchout for that on the 20th! Jen will also be spending a day volunteering in the winning shop!

So if you haven’t entered your shop yet, there is just still time – here is the link with all the details and the all-important prizes:

Will your shop be crowned the best dressed charity shop window this Christmas? | Acopia

Good luck everyone!



Visual Merchandising | Charity Retail Learning

We’re saving the planet! Using Visual Merchandising to tell your sustainability story – Charity Retail Learning

Charity Super.Mkt calls for retailers to take part

This article gives you all you need to know about an exciting development form Wayne Hemingway and TRAID’s collab, aiming to bring charity superstores to the high street. An amazing opportunity – so don’t miss out! 

Charities sought to join Wayne Hemingway & Maria Chenoweth’s Charity Super.Mkt – UK Fundraising



Planning & Running a Charity Pop-up Shop | Charity Retail Learning

Christmas for hire

A really interesting article in The Guardian about the new trend for renting instead of buying this Christmas. Is this something your shops could consider? 

Christmas for hire: shoppers turn to renting for trees, toys and outfits | UK cost of living crisis | The Guardian

St John’s Hospice in Lancaster champions sustainability via its new store

We were delighted to see this piece about our friends at St John’s Hospice and their fantastic new sustainable superstore. There are some fab ideas about collaboration and creating a really welcoming & exciting space here – we wish them every success with the new venture

Lancaster hospice superstore wants to remove stigma around shopping in charity shops | Lancaster Guardian



Green credentials for charity retailers | Charity Retail Learning

Encourage your customers to gift second hand this year

Here at the Consultancy, we love second hand gifting and can’t wait for our Secret Santa charity shop gift exchange next week…… And the great news is that lots of the public feel the same, with 65% of people saying they would consider gifting someone a secondhand item in the next 12 months, according to a Vinted survey. 

So what are you doing to encourage your customers and community to buy secondhand this Christmas? Make sure you tempt them in using your windows and social media then give them a fabulous shopping experience to ensure that a customer is for life, not just for Christmas! 

How To Buy Secondhand Christmas Presents, From People Who Do It | HuffPost UK Life | Huffington Post



Customer Service Courses | Charity Retail Learning

Social media for charity shops | Charity Retail Learning

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