Charity shops are the unsung heroes of modern day society, and Salford is full of them. Not only are they ace for cheap bargains; they also leave you with the sound satisfaction of supporting charitable causes – it's win-win really... So why aren't enough of us embracing this?
With so many worthy charity shops, including Emmaus Salford, The Extra Care Charity Shop and The British Heart Foundation, sitting right on our doorsteps, it seems almost ignorant to not go and have a browse.
Solely looking at the amazing work Emmaus Salford do, daily, is reason enough to get behind and support Salford's charity shops. Emmaus provides jobs and shelter to those who've experienced homelessness; providing a free recycling service for Salford residents; all whilst donating profits to benefit the homeless in some way.
These charity shops need our support, whether it be sparing some time to volunteer, donating unwanted goods/gifts, or, simply, spending a few pounds on the jazzy shirt in the corner that caught your eye (you know the one).
By charity shopping, you're not only supporting worthy causes, you're also indirectly benefitting the environment and reducing waste. The clothing industry is arguably one of the world's most polluting industries; so buying clothes second-hand, where possible, means you rebel against a system that results in considerable damage to our planet.
Charity shops are absolutely key in the sustainable fashion movement and the step forward to a greener environment. In 2016 alone, the UK sent 235 million items of clothing to landfill – which is totally unnecessary, with the availability of so many charity shops. So, recycle and upcycle – buy pre-loved clothing, adapt and tailor it to suit you, embrace your creative personality and individuality.
Here's what's in it for you...
Cheap clothes - which, of course, equals guilt-free spending – and how can you feel guilty about donating to charity?
Vintage finds – charity shops are brilliant when it comes to seeking out vintage rarities, to spruce up your home, as well as your wardrobe.
Build up your record collection – vinyl is back in, and charity shops always have a selection of records for sale. There will be some gems that have been kindly donated.
De-clutter - charity shops are a great helping hand when it comes to clearing out your garage, or last year's wardrobe, so take advantage of this, donate your unwanted goods and free up some space...to possibly then refill with your new charity shop finds…
For further details on Emmaus - click here; Extra Care - click here; and the British Heart Foundation - click here
Words and photos by Amber Dawson