Lack of stock in Charity Shops

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Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140810 Flo
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:15 pm

Locally there is a total dearth of stock in the local charity shops. There are appeals for stock in almost all their windows locally. And the standard is falling rapidly. Even Primark, T***o and Asda clothes are appearing on the clothing rails. Curtains, towels and bedding have all but disappeared. Oh and prices have risen steeply.

Is it just local or is this a more nationwide problem? Are people really wearing their clothes longer, not donating to the charity shop or have all the bargain hunters stripped the shelves before my weekly visits?

Today the daughter's need for a king sized duvet cover ended in a visit to a real shop after all other second hand sources failed. So much for not buying anything new this year! Failed after 29 days. It looks as if I'm going to have to get the sheet and pillow cases new as well unless I strike lucky tomorrow.

Even the standard of the contents in the local skips seems to have declined.

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140811 Annpan
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:25 pm

I think people are keeping stuff longer, or selling it on fleabay - and more people are buying from charity shops.

You should be happy - this is a sign that our ideals are now being taken on by others :cheers: I know, I know..... not as many goodies for us :(
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140813 prison break fan
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:29 pm

Absolutely agree with you Flo. It's my Thursday hobby, and now not nearly as much fun! pbf

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140816 Flo
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:34 pm

I suppose we could have made the duvet as daughter has a sewing machine but time is of the essence at the moment. And actually buying material in the quantity required for king size duvet would probably be economically out of the question.

It is certainly good that people are, in the short term at least, being more environmentally friendly with their goods (even if only for financial reasons). But it certainly makes life a lot more difficult for the devoted to second hand people like us.

It looks like the shopping is going to go down from nothing new in 2009 to buy nothing except in an emergency in 2009 at this rate. :roll: :mrgreen:

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140817 vicki
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:02 pm

I work in a charity shop and fortunately donations are still coming through the door at the same rate as they ever have! I wonder how long this will go on for though, we are preparing for when for people start holding on to things for a lot longer.

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140828 matowakan
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:07 pm

i have noticed that here in Dorset,many charity shopa have put up there prices,although my local animal charity one is still inundated with all items and still as cheap as ever!
Reckon also that people will hang on to stuff or reuse or sell at boot sales.
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140836 red
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:41 pm

recession.. and the trend to attempt to buy nothing new...
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140860 Shirley
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:53 am

Could it be that people are buying cheap and that these cheap goods do not last as long? If they wear out then folk are not going to put them to charity shops but more likely throw them away.
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140862 Flo
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:04 am

Yep certainly people are buying cheap - and yes the charity shops are selling Primark, T***o, Asda second hand at nearly the same price as new.

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140869 shell
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:43 am

i can buy cheaper in the euro shop than in our charity shops,one thinks its a first class boutique and the other is filled with elderly helpers who havnt bought childrens clothes since the king died,hence the fantastic prices put on things,yet sometimes i get the rare incredable bargain like a puppet house with curtains for 3.50 euro,or a three piece suite in good condition for 65 euro`s for my family room,i usually tral about 15 +miles for the more sensibly priced,

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140871 deborah
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:05 am

Our local charity shops are filled with tat. And a lot of stuff is way overpriced, they cost nearly as much as new stuff would. There seems to be better quality in the mens clothing section, I don't know how some of the womens stuff makes it onto the rails.

I think people are flogging their stuff at boot-sales or on ebay.

I have loads of stuff to list on ebay but I don't know if it's worth it, nobody has any money ! I'm also waiting for the local indoor boot-sales to start, I can't be bothered standing in the cold when I could be undercover lol !
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140881 Penny Lane
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:05 am

I had to buy new clothes for the baby yesterday because there is nothing any good or in his size in charity shops! So much for my buy nothing new too!

I sold some baby clothes on *bay recently but with all the charges they and *aypal charge it's not worth it. Especially as I messed up postage costs on one or two items and ended up selling the goods for pennies!

I've got bags of baby clothes & don't know whether to give them to charity shops, freecycle, charity bins or other!
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140886 prison break fan
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:16 am

I like the idea of Freecycle, but notice now on our local one that people are saying no boot sellers or e bay sellers, but how do you know? You have to trust people, and that's what gets me into trouble!! pbf

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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140893 invisiblepiper
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:44 am

I mentioned this on another thread - sorry to repeat - I help Oxfam once a week, and stocks have diminished badly since before Christmas. Also - more people are buying from charity shops.
Pbf - can you go on a Tuesday morning to rummage? - new stock handed in at the weekend often goes on the shelves then - better findings! :mrgreen:
Kepp donating everyone - you would be astounded at what is raised for charity AND what bargains can still be found! :thumbright:
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Re: Lack of stock in Charity Shops

Post: #140914 prison break fan
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:02 pm

Hi invisiblepiper, thanks for the tip!! pbf


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