Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 24.10.22

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

St Barnabas Hospice host a vintage lock-in

We love this event put on by our friends at St Barnabas in Lincoln. It’s a great collaboration, with local (Lincoln Bloggers UK) and national (Charity Shop Girl) influencers and providing a special and unique out of hours experience for their customers. Events like this are a great way to engage and delight your community – and get them off their devices and into your stores

Vintage Lock-In at The Warehouse | St Barnabas Hospice



Charity retail community engagement – events, social media & telling your story | Charity Retail Learning

Happy 100th birthday Vinnies!

St Vincent de Paul Society Australia – or Vinnie’s as it’s affectionately known – celebrates 100 years of trading via its Op Shops this year. This article gives some fab insight into its history – and champions a brilliant initiative where 100 donated designer pieces are hidden across the store network

100 designer pieces hidden on the racks in op-shop treasure hunt | Sydney Morning Herald

More than half  of UK citizens are happy to buy second-hand clothing

THanks to the Charity Retail Association for highlighting a new report from Textiles 2030 on attitudes to secondhand clothing. You can find out more here

Textiles 2030 – Citizen Insights Study | Charity Retail Association

Spotlight on Traid

Here’s a great interview with one of the team from the fabulous Traid, who run shops across London

Cost of living: The Walthamstow charity shop seeing an increase in clothes shoppers | MyLondon

Scope launches upcycling and awareness project via their stores

This sounds like a really positive collab on all sides – delivering sustainable and unique product, and promoting the aims of the charity

Furniture business joins forces with Scope to spotlight power of art and autism | Yahoo



Green credentials for charity retailers | Charity Retail Learning

World of Books Group officially carbon neutral

Congratulations to our friends at Wob (who also deliver Shopiago) who announced today that they are now officially certified as Operational Carbon Neutral. As a sustainable sector, it’s important to know that suppliers take sustainability seriously too – at The Consultancy we’ve taken several steps to reduce our carbon footprint, including having an electric vehicle, delivering training and other services online as much as possible and significantly reducing how much we fly. 

Wob said today:

“Over the last few years, we’ve been working really hard to reduce the amount of carbon we create as a business and, thanks to everyone’s efforts behind the scenes, we’re now officially certified as “Operational Carbon Neutral”. This means that as a business we are now offsetting more carbon than we produce.   

This is an amazing accomplishment for Wob and it means we’re making a really positive impact on the planet. Our whole business model is based on a “future first” approach and as early adopters of carbon neutrality, we’re not afraid to make huge changes to future-proof our planet.”

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