We are Steve and Kevin, and we run the Oxfam shop in Dalston in London. It is a nice way to spend your time. We have a great team of volunteers that help us. The shop makes money for Oxfam’s international work, and also serves our local community in East London. We get given and therefore sell lots of stuff, from clothes and homeware to books and music. Please only bring items that are in saleable condition to the shop – if you’ve got any questions about this ask us and we can talk your ear off about what we can and can’t sell. A useful rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t buy it from a shop, don’t bring it in! The only things we don’t sell are furniture and electrical items (though sometimes we’ll sell a bookcase or two, and we’re allowed to sell battery-operated electrical goods). We’ve recently added VHS tapes and encyclopedias onto our list of things we don’t accept — we just can’t seem to sell these, and they take up a lot of space!
We have a Twitter feed that gives a more day-to-day picture of how the shops works; this blog is intended to serve as a more permanent archive for the interesting things that come in through our doors, and anything else we think you might like.
Using the links at the top, you’ll find some more specific information about visiting the shop or volunteering. We’re open Monday to Saturdays, 10 to 530.
If you’d like to donate some items to us, the best thing to do is give us a quick ring on 0207 254 5318. We get really busy with donations sometimes, especially on Saturdays, so give us a call and we’ll work out how we can best accommodate you. Unfortunately we don’t have any collection facilities, but there’s a sidestreet right next to the shop that people never have problems with when dropping off stuff. We also have bike parking by the shop!