No longer “for the poor only”, modern charity shops are the new heart of the community.
In the very late 19th century, William Booth – founder of the Salvation Army – saw value in reusing goods, of still acceptable quality, discarded by the rich to help improve the lives of the working class. This led to the birth of Charity retailing.
Modern Charity shops are a key element within the social fabric of a community, as most of the goods received and stocked, as well as the volunteers operating the shops, originate from the local communities. In addition, a significant part of their proceeds goes to projects that ultimately benefit the communities in which they are situated.
The primary objective of charity shops is to raise funds for charitable use dependent on the social goals of the particular not-for-profit association, and the proceeds from charity shops provide many benefits and fund many projects.
In summary they play a key role in improving community life.
Essentially, charitable shops, within the community, offer to their public previously used clothes and household goods, donated by generous people preferring to give a second life to belongings for which they have no further use. They may be changing their decor or wardrobe, or are simply running out of storage space. Some donations also come after a death in the family, when the possessions of the deceased are no longer needed or wanted. Shop volunteers are then tasked with sorting all the different items collected, selecting what is of acceptable quality for resale, and then selling them on to the community at an affordable price.
Volunteering enables members of the local community to offer their free time in a productive way whilst engaging in a charitable activity. Charity shops provide opportunities to both benefactors and volunteers to engage in mutually beneficial and enriching social interaction and provide focal points for development of various community activities.
The increase in the number of such shops in recent years, driven by increased materialism and the rapid pace of change, has resulted in a significant enhancement in both the diversity and quality of stocked goods, since charity shops provide the perfect answer to the needs of various segments of society. By utilising modern retailing techniques and smart advertising, and making the best use of social media, we can say with confidence that today, the customer base no longer consists only of lesser affluent people, as these charitable retail points have become the ideal locations to shop for retro-fashions and interesting household goods and furniture.
As for our very own charity shop:
Our Acompalia Centre, entirely run by volunteers, is opened two days a week: Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 till 14:00. In one combined space, we offer a shop which features second-hand goods and clothes as well as artists’ crafts and creations, a therapy centre, and mobility aids rental. It is also a great place for meeting people, as well as a training centre for our volunteers, and where the board now has their monthly meetings.
Thanks to our shop manager Nattie Andrews and her dedicated team, we offer more than ever an important service to our local community.
In the centre, one can also enjoy a number of complementary therapies, which are offered free to Acompalia’s patients and available at an attractive price to all others. A minimum of one third of the prices charged to other clients goes to Acompalia funds, and helps us to offer our services to palliative care patients in Granada province.
Another important service we provide from the Acompalia shop is the loan of a selection of wheelchairs, walkers, special beds, and other medical/mobility aids etc.
Come and join the fun… for a good cause:
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