Charity Retail News Round-Up – week commencing 29.05.23

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

It’s all happening at the Charity Retail Association!

Two really important bits of news from our chums at the CRA this week. Firstly – have you booked your conference place yet? It’s always a fantastic event and well worth attending. Places can be booked via the link. 

We’ll be there with stands from the Consultancy and Charity Retail Learning, alongside lots of other fabulous exhibitors with exciting and helpful products for you and your retail operation. 

Charity Retail Conference 2023 | Charity Retail Association


And – even more excitingly (if that’s even possible!) – the shortlist for the Charity Retail Awards was announced this week. 

There’s some amazing people and organisations in there – congratulations to all those who’ve been shortlisted.  And a special shout out to all our friends and clients in the list:  Caroline Peach & St Barnabas Hospice, Charlotte Greenwood & Isabel Hospice,Susan Cooper from Highland Hospice,Chris White & NCBI, Oxfam,Derwen College,Alan Haynes from All Aboard,Liz Booyse from City Hospice, The Air Ambulance Service, St Giles Hospice and Debra. Good luck everyone!

Charity Retail Awards shortlist 2023 | Charity Retail Association

Price of Vintage survey needs you!

Dr Esther Pugh from Leeds Beckett University is researching pricing in vintage stores. If you sell vintage in your operation and can spare a few minutes, she’d love your input. The survey is here 

‘The Price of Vintage’ – Developing a Framework for the Pricing of Vintage Clothing

Community welcomes Salvation Army superstore

How lovely to read all the positive messages around a new Satcol donation centre in Stoke. A far cry from the days when charity shops were lumped in with bookmakers and pawn shops as an unwelcome presence on the high street.  We wish the Salvation Army well with their new store. 

Charity shop set to open on Stoke-on-Trent retail park | Stoke-on-Trent Live

Young Lives vs Cancer to close its retail operation

We were sad to read this news this week. We send our best to all the Young Lives vs Cancer staff and volunteers affected by the closure and hope you find new roles within the many other fabulous charities operating in the south west.

Charity shops bear cost of living brunt as 13 branches axed | Devon Live

News from Australia

Good news for Victoria charity shops as Government backs down on tax

The decision from the Victoria Government not to apply a waste levy on charity shops in the state is good news all round, and an acknowledgement of the important role charity shops play in the circular economy

A relief for charity shops | Berwick Star News

Volunteer with Vinnies Victoria!

We loved this wee volunteering video from Vinnies Victoriadiverse, upbeat and a simple yet strong message.  Video is a great way to get your message across. 

Vinnies Victoria Volunteering | Linkedin

Can giant charity shops stop fast fashion in its tracks? | The Big Issue

Pride Competition announced

Details of this year’s Pride display competition were announced this week. We loved your displays so much last year, we just knew we had to do it again! All the details are in the link – and if you’re looking for inspiration, our 2 for 1 offer means our Inclusion & Engagement VM webinar later this month is the place to go. 

Get ready for the charity retail Pride display competition 2023! | The Charity Retail Consultancy

Welcome all! Using Visual merchandising to drive inclusivity and community engagement through Pride month and beyond | Charity Retail Learning

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