Shopping in a charity shop is something that many people feel uncomfortable with, mainly due to the nature of the items being “second hand”. In 2015, the stigma is still very much alive however there are various reason why I believe these people should be converted.
Possibly the most obvious reason is that these shops are designed to give money back to a charitable cause, therefore you’re supporting the charity with any purchases made.
When purchasing an item from a charity shop, you will rarely find someone else with it. Whether it be a clothing item, a home furnishing or indeed entertainment item, you will be able to stand out from the crowd. And, unless you disclaim it, no-one need ever know it wasn’t purchased straight from the original manufacturer.
Whilst there has been a rise in some charity shops prices over the last few years, the price of most things is very reasonable and less than buying brand new. Vintage stores will be more expensive, therefore I would recommend these more for avid collectors.
My local charity shop actually supports the community, such as giving money for school productions from the funds raised in their store. This encourages people to want to donate and purchase as they can see where and how the money is being spent.
- The Unexpected
Charity shops are often full of many little hidden gems that you otherwise would not have thought to purchase. I largely buy books from my local store, which never cost me more than £1 and find myself engrossed in something I would not even have approached in a large bookstore. Likewise, I know relatives who have purchased ornaments and little details for the home.
- Eco Friendly
Buying items from a charity shop is ultimately like recycling items, therefore saving them from ending up on a landfill site.
If you can overcome the idea of using second hand items, and focus on the positives of the stores, charity shops are ultimately fantastic for your budget. I recommend having a look through your local store, you never know what you could find!
Would you shop in a charity shop?