Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 21.11.22

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

Good news for charity shops

We’ve all seen how sales are rising across the sector – this piece in Third Sector (you may have to register for free to the site to read it) invites Jonathan Mail from the CRA to tell us why. Good to hear from Barnarado’s too on their current retail journey – and the Charity Shop gift Card – perfect for Christmas!

In-depth: How charity shops are thriving against the economic odds | Third Sector


And this BBC article from a couple of weeks ago tells the same story;

Cost of living: Second-hand shopping in vogue as prices rise | BBC

Keeping the wheels turning – efficiently

Here’s a fab read from Tim Gebauer – one of our favorite thrifters from the US. Tim tells us about keeping our back rooms clear, clean & efficient – great advice! 

 3 Ways to Improve Donated Goods Production | LinkedIn



Essential Stock Processes – from back room to shop floor | Charity Retail Learning

Anti Black Friday movement

Charity retailers are in a fantastic position to buck the consumerist Black Friday trend – and here’s evidence that other mainstream retailers are starting to turn the table on this OTT practice. How could you make the most of the day to promote how great value doesn’t have to be unsustainable? 

Five retailers taking an anti-Black Friday stand | Retail Gazette



Buy Nothing New Day – Black Friday | YouTube

Top shopping tips for Northern Ireland

A really thorough roundup of all the best places to pick up a bargain in Northern Ireland

10 of the best places in NI to go charity shop hunting | NorthernIrelandWorld

Spotlight on digital

An interesting piece on the partnership between BHF and Shopiago as they upped their game online during the pandemic

Dark stores: the digital transformation of charity retail | Charity Digital



Introduction to ecommerce | Charity Retail Learning

Secondhand furniture trends from the US 

Good to see a focus on furniture in this piece on resale trends from the US

7 Notable Furniture Resale Trends, According to Recent Marketplace Reports | Architectural Digest

St Teresa’s Hospice opens antique shop

Lovely to hear about this new specialist shop in Darlington – supported by Peter Robinson from Bargain Hunt fame. We wish them every success

Peter Robinson supports St Teresa’s Hospice antiques shop, Darlington | Darlington and Stockton Times

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