1 Million Hours

Come in and know us better! Like the Ghost of Christmas Present in Muppet Christmas Carol, we’re opening our doors this Christmas and New Year…

Oxfam and Radio 1 (along with some other great charities) have partnered up to launch a drive to pledge 1 Million Hours of volunteering from the British public. To pledge, you just need to commit to 8 hours of helping out in an Oxfam shop.

There are endless things people can help out with in our shop, from tidying the shop floor, assisting volunteers working on the till, putting out books, sorting clothes, and more! As part of One Million Hours, we’re trying to think of ways to both give you a good short-term volunteering experience, and maybe also try to persuade you to stick around longer than 8 hours…But since we’re still working this out, we’re happy to listen to what you might want to do as well.

Click here for some info on Oxfam’s scheme, or contact us on oxfamshopf8084@oxfam.org.uk

2013: visual highlights so far


Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

OPEN: Dec 20-22
CLOSED: Dec 23-27
OPEN: Dec 28-29
CLOSED: Dec 30
OPEN: Dec 31
OPEN: Jan 2 and regular hours resume

Have a good one guys!

Oxfam Dalston Winter Chic shopping event


Oxfam Dalston Winter Chic

Sunday 2 December 12pm-5pm

Tons of awesome clothes. Mince pies. Christmas tunes. 

The last time we did an Oxfam Chic event there was a forty-strong queue of people outside as we opened the doors at 6pm. This special Sunday opening will maybe be a bit more chilled, but early attendance is advised to pick up the best designer bargains! Doors open at 12pm this time!


Oxjam 2012

This time next week, we’ll be getting ready to host Graham Coxon in our shop! What’s this all about? Oxjam!

Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long music festival. It runs all through October (though there are tons of things around all-year!) with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world. You can find other Oxjam events near you here — we know of Oxjam teams based in Stoke Newington just as a hyper-local start…

The very first Oxjam was launched in our shop back in 2007, but that was a very different affair – it was not long after the shop had opened as a bookshop (the old shop was still open up the road) and the gigs were held downstairs. For the last two years, the shop has been turned by Festival Republic and the Oxjam Team into a professional gig venue — there’s a little disruption to our normal way of working, obviously, with some restricted opening hours expected next week, but we think it’s worth it to a) get Oxjam some press attention b) give the shop another unusual function.

Tickets are available for some of the launch gigs here, and keep an eye on our Twitter/Facebook page for info on an in-store raffle we’re going to run to offer tickets to each of the gigs.

UPDATE: Details on our raffle running in-store:

Oxfam Chic – Late Night Opening, 3 August 2012



A special evening dedicated to the incredible amount of designer clothing we get donated to us by the residents of Hackney! Tons of bargains, drinks and nibbles, free entry.

Facebook event page.

(Poster kindly designed pro bono by Steve Humphries of http://www.walfordwilkie.com/)

July News!

Sorry for the lack of blog posts recently! Summer has been busy with lots of new volunteers and our now-annual batch of French business interns arriving in the shop. 

Things are tickling along nicely at the moment, and we’re still receiving some great donations from our local residents — recent highlights include a stash of great art books on artists from Monet to Chagall to Hockney, hundreds of old Ordnance Survey maps, a bizarre set of thirty brogues painted blue for a fashion shoot, and a complete set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVDs. 

A quick bit of news: Time Out have listed us as the best charity shop in London for books/music! http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/07/14/bargain-hunt-londons-10-best-charity-shops/ This is a lovely thing as it’s a tribute to the quality of donations that we get from our local donors, and it also means we’re doing a good job of sorting and organising this stock to make the most out of it. Everyone wins!

A final piece — we’re planning a late-night shopping event for August 3 — we’ve been saving some designer goodies up for a few weeks to show off the incredible range of clothing we get. The plan is to open the shop from 6 til about 9, have some drinks and nibbles, and people can browse the shop in a more leisurely environ. Volunteer models will be wearing some clothes that you can buy off their backs, and we may or may not be in ‘negotiations’ about a vintage Yves Saint Laurent wool cape that we’re looking to auction off…keep checking here and our Twitter/Facebook pages for details!