Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 19.9.22

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

Thanks to the CRA for a great conference

It was so good to be in Harrogate last week, meeting up with so many brilliant charity retailers and suppliers. We hope you all had as good as time as we did.  Thank you to all the team at the CRA for an amazing couple of days – and for everything else they do for our sector.



Safeguarding | Charity Retail Learning (Free for all CRA Members)

It’s Sustainable Fashion Week!

It’s been great seeing some of the fab events and activities going on for SFW this year. This event will only grow and grow – make sure you take part next year if you’re not doing so in ‘22.

Sustainable Fashion Week launches in Bristol this weekend | Epigram


Our favourite so far is St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle who are telling the story behind fast fashion & showing how to style second hand in their shops and on their social media

St Oswald’s Retail | Facebook


In celebration of Sustainable Fashion Week, we are also promoting our upcoming Sustainability based Visual Merchandising Webinar. Book a place on the webinar now and take advantage of our Buy-1-Get-1-Free special offer!

We’re saving the planet! Using Visual Merchandising to tell your sustainability story – 19.10.22 | Charity Retail Learning

New stats from the CRA

The Charity Retail Association have released their latest Quarterly Market Analysis. If you’re a member you can check out their fantastic research covering a wide range of subjects. If you’re not a member – join up today!

The headlines are that staffing remains a challenge, transaction numbers – and as a consequence, income – have risen steeply, online selling remains strong and donation quality has declined slightly. 

Executive summary – Charity Retail Association- QMA Analysis Q2 2022.pdf

Secondhand furniture hits the headlines

This Big Issue article highlighting furniture shops run by charities is a handy reference point and a reminder that as the cost-of-living crisis impacts on us all, making sure your community knows what you sell and where is even more important. Use your social media, local press, charity newsletters and ambassadors to put the word out

Where to find charity furniture shops | The Big Issue



Space management – making the most of your shop floor | Charity Retail Learning

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland takes steps to make their stores more accessible

We loved reading about how CHSS are using new technology to improve access for people with disabilities to their store in Wishaw. We heard from Steph Edusei at Conference about how accessibility is so important – and this is one example of how we can make a difference

Wishaw charity shop using new tool to make shopping more accessible for disabled customers | Daily Record

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