Charity Retail News Round-Up – Week Commencing 28.3.22

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.

Here’s our pick from the past 7 days:


Charity Shop Gift Card picks up pace

We’re loving seeing so many charities sign up for the new charity shop gift card – including St Rocco’s Hospice mentioned here – and Marie Curie – the first national charity to join the scheme.  If you haven’t already looked into signing up – you should! 

St Rocco’s Hospice brings gift card scheme to Warrington | Warrington Guardian


Mainstream retailers promoting circular economy and reuse

Read about how Beyond Retro are partnering with Lucy & Yak to promote sustainability. We will undoubtedly see more of this type of commercial partnership appearing in future – charity retail needs to make sure it works hard to hold its place in this growing market. 

Beyond Retro bolsters in-store exchange programme with Lucy & Yak partnership | The Industry


Quality donations are very much still to be found

Despite a general trend towards poorer quality donations, there are still some amazing goods being donated to charity shops around the country. This article showcases some fabulous goods donated to British Red Cross, Barnardo’s and CRUK in Knutsford. 

Town less than 40 minutes from Stoke-on-Trent where charity shops sell bargain designer gear | Stoke-on-Trent Live


Charity shops are officially cool!

We’ve always known this – and it’s great to see an increasing number of articles talking about how brilliant charity shops are – like this one from the Liverpool Echo. Why don’t you contact your local paper and ask them to run a piece on the fabulous bargains to be found in your shops? Or partner up with the other charity shops in your street or area to put something out together.

Cool looks as city basks in spring sunshine | Liverpool Echo


A blog to look out for

We really enjoy reading Dave Chunilal’s blogs which cover a range of topics, but often focus on digital transformation in the charity sector. You can follow him on LinkedIn to keep up to date with his thoughts. Here’s his latest blog:

What digital transformation looks like in the charity sector | LinkedIn


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