Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 27.06.22

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’re also now going to 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:


🏳️‍🌈 Due to popular demand we have now extended our Pride month competition until the 2nd of July 🏳️‍🌈

Share your shop’s Pride display and have a chance of being one of the 3 winners at the end of the month.

Full details here: Pride Month Window Competition | LinkedIn


100 year old charity shop volunteer shows us how it’s done

Brilliant video from the BBC of David Flucker who still volunteers at St Columba’s Hospice 3 days a week at 100 years old. Amazing volunteers like David are the core of any charity retail operation

The 100-year-old Edinburgh man still working three days a week | BBC News


Volunteer Recruitment | Charity Retail Learning

Volunteer Induction & Recognition | Charity Retail Learning


Marie Curie opens superstore & hub

It is fantastic to hear of Marie Curie UK‘s latest store being opened, the first new store since the pandemic. Their new Donation Centre and Community Hub combined into one is a great example of providing the charity’s services in-store.

Marie Curie opens superstore & hub | LinkedIn

Recommended: Space management | Charity Retail Learning


Nifty thrifties! How second hand fashion is becoming first choice 

This long piece from The Metro shows how interest in preloved fashion is skyrocketing. The trend towards greater acceptance and support for charity shopping continues to rise with the wider public as more and more people choose to help support the sector, as well as supporting the message and importance of sustainability and how charity shops help combat the rising cost of living for many

In Focus: Meet the women who thrive on being thrifty | Metro News


Digital thrifting

An interesting article from VICE detailing all things ecommerce and the rising popularity of second-hand shopping online. The rise of online shopping has provided a whole new world for second-hand and preloved goods for both Charity Shops and non-charities alike to sell to entirely new audiences and better connect with the younger generation. Included in this article are some thoughts and comments from our friends at Depop

Digital Thrifting: How E-Commerce Tech Is Changing The Second-Hand Market In 2022 | VICE


Introduction to ecommerce | Charity Retail Learning

Introduction to selling on Depop | Charity Retail Learning (Free)


Pilot scheme launched in for Ireland’s “donate don’t waste” textile scheme

Donate Don’t Waste separate textiles collection pilot has been launched as part of Community Resources Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation and demonstration project, Developing a Circular Textiles System for Ireland, which will inform national policy. Charity Shops are major re-users of textiles in Ireland like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and other Charity Retail Ireland members. We are excited to see the progress of the scheme in the future

‘Donate don’t waste textiles’ plea | Donegal News


Competition for top thrift stylist

Online charity shop Thriftify and Thrifting Queen Kavita (@shewearsfashion) have launched ‘The Thrift-Off’, a search for the UK and Ireland’s top sustainable stylist. This is a great idea that could be replicated locally too

Search for the UK and Ireland’s top sustainable stylist is on | RTE


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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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