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Star date: 8th July 2018

WHY IT'S WIN-WIN FOR CHARITY SHOPPING

On almost every corner of Salford is a charity store, and here Amber Dawson explains why using them is a a win-win all round – good for the planet, for cheap bargains, for clearouts, for volunteering and, obviously, for helping good causes.

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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

Bob the regular wrote
at 15:30:30 on 10 July 2018
Sorry to hear of phils medical problems. An orchidectomy would work wonders here. Any volunteers?
 
Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 19:44:30 on 09 July 2018
Look, the thing with charity shops is that bargains are really hard to come by nowadays. Gone are the days when you could find a Nakamichi tape deck for three quid. Today, because everyone but the most paranoid amongst us have an android phone, charity shops know the value of things. They google something that looks like it could be a winner, then put on a price worthy of something in Aflecks Palace. For my, Philip Rossi's opinion, the only really good charity shop is Animals In Distress at the top of Station Rd in Swinton. When I go in yhere I often feel like I've gone back to the 1970's. You'll get four dvds, a couple of books and three cds for about one pound fifteen. The only other place that is similar, but not in the same league is The Mustard Tree in Eccles. These chain charity shops can be scandalously expensive. I'm not going to name names, but as Old Joe said, it's often cheaper going to a poundshop, or my favourites, Home Bargains or B&M. I've got crotch rot at this present time, so I'll probably be off to Home Bargains first thing in the morning to get some Listerine and some cotton wool. My balls are really itching like a bastard, especially during these hot, muggy nights. Thankfully a quick google search for home remedies for itchy balls, followed by a purchase of some fantastically priced listerine mouthwash from Home Bargains/Quality Save, and I should be alright.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 18:25:14 on 09 July 2018
I have to agree with Bob, Pound shop Torch Swinton Charity shop £2.50 I went a few yards and bought a new one for a quid, who prices these things?
 
bob wrote
at 13:26:33 on 09 July 2018
Not all charity shops are cheap. My daughter went into BHF shop and asked the price of a jacket, they wanted four pounds more than Tesco for a new one. On questioning the price she was told "Well it's for charity". Thats no excuse considering they received it free in the first place. Seems these charity shops have a lot of overheads to pay. Sorry Charity begins at home.
 
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