We’ve been getting a trickle of new volunteers in the past month or so that have really helped enhance the shop — our homewares section in particular is moving a lot more stock (it was already pretty good but it’s better now!) and some new book volunteers have helped make the shop feel fresher, I think. We sold over 1400 books last week, and recycled maybe twice that. It’s a testament to what having a strong team can do, and we think it makes the shop that much better for customers – if you come in a couple of times a week, you’re still likely to see new stock out, which is hopefully going to make you spend more money!
With that in mind, we want to recruit some people for key roles in our shop — homewares volunteers and till/floor staff.
If you’re interested in joining our homeware team, you’d be helping sort and price the few dozen boxes of bric-a-brac we get given each week. This involves checking for flaws/imperfections, pricing them according to a level appropriate for an Oxfam shop, and arranging the stock on the shop floor. A nicely arranged homeware section can be beautiful!
If you’re interested in a more customer-facing role, then we’re also looking for people who’d like to work on the till or help out on the shop floor. Working on the till is a great way to develop retail skills if you’re interested in working in retail at some point, or just a nice way to interact with a ton of different people day-to-day. You’d be the face of our shop to our customers, and a good impression can really make people remember their visit to the shop, and encourage them to come back and give more money to Oxfam’s campaigns in the future. We also need people to help us with various shop floor tasks like tidying, visual merchandising, colour-blocking, signing people up to Gift Aid, and helping with queries/incoming donations.
If either of these roles sound like something you’d be interested in, then check out more information on volunteering here, pop into the shop, or drop us a line on email@example.com.
A couple of months ago to push Oxfam’s Bookfest donation drive we put on a few events in our shop — the video of NTS‘s Re:Versed show live from the shop floor has just gone online. Some lovely work by Soul Rebel Films! We hosted performance poetry from Angry Sam, Sophie Cameron and Charlie Dark. It was a really fun experience to have our regular customers shopping while our poets did their stuff in the clothes corner.
Warning – there’s some distinctly adult language in this show, so don’t watch if you’ve sensitive ears.
So our Oxjam launch week is over! Where to begin with the summary?! First thing to note is that Oxjam continues all over the country all-year round.
The (poorly kept) secret has spilled….we’re hosting the Oxjam Festival launch gigs this week.
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 and Brick Lane to name but two.
Last night the shop hosted Fatboy Slim, Kissy Sellout and Man Like Me. It was, to use a cliche, banging! Check out our Twitter feed for some reaction from delighted punters, and keep an eye on it over the next few days for more updates from the gigs and behind-the-scenes photos etc! Check out our summary of last year’s launch gigs for an idea of what’s to come.
Tonight we have Brett Anderson, Patrick Wolf and Mercury-minted nominee Ghostpoet. Tomorrow Charlie Simpson, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Gabrielle Lapin. On Thursday we finish up with the launch of the Damon Albarn/Oxfam project DRC Music, with DJ sets from some of the producers involved in the album. Wicked.
One of our new volunteers, Georgie, has set up a blog called Thrift Fart documenting some of the…stranger items she encounters while sorting our homeware donations. Well worth a follow!
In advance of our final Bookfest event tomorrow night, I popped along (with some of the writers reading for us) to Oxfam Highgate‘s reading series last night, organised by Livia Franchini. It was really sweet and lots of fun – also got to hear the work of several new poets, and meet Rachael Allen before she reads in our shop. I took some dark dark photos (it wasn’t actually this dark in the shop) to commemorate the event.