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Lockdown clearouts means charity shops are the places to go for high street gems

It could be the best time to come looking for a bargain in a Weldmar shop!

When the government announced that non-essential shops could re-open from 15th June, the Weldmar Hospicecare retail team were already planning how that would look at our shops and outlets.

Charity Shop Gems

Now that almost half of our retail sites have opened their doors again, we have taken in thousands of bags of donations – which means there are even more treasures to discover when you shop.

Writer Flic Everett recently wrote an article in The Telegraph, claiming that, when it comes to the high street, ‘it’s charity shops we need back in our lives’.

Flic says, “Over the years I’ve snapped up clothes and shoes from Boden, J Crew, Coast, and Karen Millen and I won’t forget the mint condition DKNY boots for £10 I found … I almost hyperventilated taking them to the till. I’ve also bagged beautiful china, silk cushions and a Hobbs leather bag which is now my favourite all-time handbag.”

There is nothing like the thrill of a genuine bargain, particularly when it’s recycled, eco-friendly and nobody else is going to turn up to a party wearing the same thing.

Clothing on sale at our Weymouth Outlet on the Granby Industrial Estate

The Charity Retail Association say charity shops will be ‘full to bursting’, and WRAP UK (Waste and Resources Action Programme) recently published a report that says two in five people have items to donate to charity shops, sorted out during lockdown, amounting to approximately 22 million pairs of shoes, and 67 million items of clothing!

The first day of donations received at Weldmar’s Dorchester Outlet!

 

Overwhelming response

Gavin Anderson-Terry is Weldmar’s Director of Retail, and he says, “We’ve been delighted with the response we’ve had at the shops we’ve re-opened, both from returning customers and those who’ve kindly donated items to us.  Sadly we will never recover the income we lost from the shops being closed for so long, but in that time Weldmar’s services have continued for patients and their loved ones across Dorset, so it’s vital that people continue to support the work of our nurses and professionals by shopping with us.”

A few months ago, we asked Weldmar supporters on Facebook to share the best bargains they’d had from a charity shop.  Comments included items such as, ‘A gorgeous Monsoon purple floral chiffon dress. Purchased in Trinity Street store.’  Also ‘Italian leather boots, unworn, were £140, paid a lot less than that!’, and ‘A brand new top with the original label still attached….oh ….and a Debenhams camel coat barely worn, for £15.’

See all the responses here:

All donated items (including charity shop gems!) are quarantined for 72 hours, before being cleaned and sorted ready to be put on sale on the shop floor.

You can find revised opening hours and the days that each shop is accepting donations here.

We’d love to hear about the bargains you discover at Weldmar shops.  Tag us in your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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