Day Off

As I’ve said before, I don’t want this blog to just be a repository for pictures of our windows (not that there’s anything wrong with doing that! – and while I’m here, check out our new window from Jeffrey Portman, Stoke Newington milliner and brand-spanking new volunteer) – you can find an archive of our pretty panes on our Facebook page, so I’m trying to use each separate internet forum in a different way. Twitter is for day-to-day noise, Facebook is for those who don’t use Twitter (and better for archiving), so I’d like to use the blog for more thinking about what working in a charity shop is like.

I probably overthink this. But anyway. Time for reflection.

What have we been up to lately? Organising some future window displays (there we go again) with a party season one from Dee Dee’s Vintage and a bedroom-themed display from What’s In Your Bedroom. We also got a donation of some hand-made bags and jewellery from the House of Blues:

Other new stuff:

We’ve been training a new flock of book volunteers — I think at last count we’ve had six new starts in the book department in the last couple of months since I started a targeted recruitment drive. This has helped boost our book sales, but also means our shelves are pretty well stocked every day of the week. No matter when you come in, you’re sure to see some new titles! This might not last forever, but just now it’s looking pretty rosy. It’s also coinciding with some excellent book donations. We got two great donations of art and philosophy books on Saturday and Monday, still some of these hanging around in our window display and on the shelves.

The Oxfam/Pizza Express promotion has been going for a couple of weeks.

If you spend over £5 in Oxfam, you get a code to download a £5 voucher to spend in Pizza Express. Simple! The conditions on the voucher are great – if you buy a main meal the voucher takes a fiver off the cost of it. Lovely!

We’ve got our Christmas cards and gift wrap on sale, and for the first time in a while we’re selling some of Oxfam’s range of ‘new’ stock. There are some great little items in this, stocking fillers and fair trade products that let us talk about Oxfam’s development work in a way we haven’t really done before. My favourite is the rechargeable wind-up animal torch. £5.99 for a torch for life!

That’s about it for now. There’s some filming going on in the shop this Saturday by Meghna Gupta for a documentary on clothes donation in the UK, so dress well if you’re planning on bringing us stuff!

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