charity shops

Started by: PeterP (8414)

Most towns now are full of charity shops but had to laugh to myself last week.I saw one charity shop with 50% sale signs in its windows.They must have thought they were a high street retail shop?Silly when everything that was for sale was given to them in the first place and therefore should have been at a reasonable price anyway.Are some of these CHARITY shops now overcharging for their items which has I have said were given to them FREE of CHARGE?No wonder Millions of pounds are made by charity.

Started: 30th Dec 2011 at 07:14

Posted by: hindleyite (3995)

come on peter,where's your charitable spirit at this festive time of year?

Replied: 30th Dec 2011 at 07:48
Last edited by hindleyite: 30th Dec 2011 at 07:48:45

Posted by: PeterP (8414)

My charity starts at home and i dont drink spiritsI give to wigan & leigh hospice

Replied: 30th Dec 2011 at 09:45

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Most likely it will be a ploy to get customers in, remember charity shops just like ordinary retail shops have to pay the exorbitant business rates set by the council before they can begin to make any profit from their takings, and an amount of the clothes they are given are only fit for rags, thankfully they can get a good price for these, but I don't know where your millions of pounds come from it's definitely not made in the charity shops in Wigan.

Replied: 30th Dec 2011 at 11:22

Posted by: veg grower (inactive)

I love having a mooch round a charity shop - especially for old records. When I was little there used to be lots of jumble sales which you don't see anymore. I have bought tons of nice stuff from charity shops and there have even been some things in charity shops that I couldn't afford.

Replied: 30th Dec 2011 at 13:01

Posted by: nicko (inactive)

50 per cent of sod all is bugar all try the ones in cheshire

Replied: 30th Dec 2011 at 13:23

Posted by: ruddy duck (inactive)

Like all shops and stores, they have to cater for new stock.

Replied: 1st Jan 2012 at 13:22

Posted by: dodger (3414)

Arefield, charity shops get an 80% reduction in business rates.

Replied: 1st Jan 2012 at 15:52

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

There are some charity shop volunteers who havnt a clue what stuff is worth, some put things on sale at a ridiculously low price and some put on higher prices than that the local high street shop. I have helped out a few times and have seen antique dealers coming in to buy stuff to re sell at a higher price. Every penny counts though, and I,m glad to help out when I can.

Replied: 1st Jan 2012 at 16:15

Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 

Not many jumbles these days has some schools and nurseery collect supermarket vouchers .

Replied: 2nd Jan 2012 at 10:15

Posted by: baker boy (15541)

nothing at all but praise for anyone associated with charity shops .it's all in a good cause, as of course is wigan and leigh hospice.why do you seem to decry them.

Replied: 5th Jan 2012 at 00:22

Posted by: ruddy duck (inactive)

baker boy

Hear, Hear!

Replied: 5th Jan 2012 at 08:52

Posted by: darren (inactive)

Don't charity shops have wages to pay, rent, utility bills and so on... Not everything in charity shops are donated some clothes and items are bought in...

Replied: 5th Jan 2012 at 15:38

Posted by: PeterP (8414)

Not having a dig at charity shops just some of the prices they now charge for items which are on the whole donated to them

Replied: 6th Jan 2012 at 07:32

Posted by: darren (inactive)

Only a small amount of items go into shops from donations. Most items are collected by bag drops....

Bags cost money (Deliver 100 bags Collect around 15-20 in return)

Van cost to run petrol,mot, insurance and road tax, driver wages.

Bags sorthed by the manager at most shops and manager is a paid member of staff.

Charity pays rent on shop, utility bills, licence if they play music, insurances.... Hmmmm

Donated items cost money in one way or another and the reason charity shops appear to charge to much these days is down to cheap high street shops like Primark and super markets selling clothes at cost price to get customers through the door.

Replied: 6th Jan 2012 at 15:36
Last edited by darren: 6th Jan 2012 at 15:37:54

Posted by: trixie (5025) 

I got a rare bargain the other week.
I bought an immaculate mans evening suit for £1.49 per item (£2.98).And sold it straight away on ebay at a very good profit.

I think it was somebody that had no idea what it was worth that sold it to me and may possibly have made a mistake as the week after it said no sale on Evening wear.

Replied: 7th Jan 2012 at 18:55

Posted by: mal75 (1349)

happy to do my bit for charity but seeing some of the salaries being paid to british heart foundation staff and reading some of the things they got upto to justify there salaries made my blood boil.
i used to donate to bhf on a regular basis but never again.

Replied: 7th Jan 2012 at 22:42

Posted by: baker boy (15541)

will you be giving the charity shop a healthy donation from your profit on the evening wear?

Replied: 8th Jan 2012 at 00:56

Posted by: kayleigh (1161)

there was a thread sometime back about what the directers earn and what they drive around in,
I never give to them after reading that.

Replied: 10th Jan 2012 at 17:54

Posted by: darren (inactive)

So managers and directors of charities should work for FREE (All volunteer)? The problem with all charities and charity shops today is they can't find enough volunteers. People don't want to volunteer to do the most basic of roles for free, so why should or would the managers and directors not be paid well for all the stress and resposibilities of running the charity and business side of things?

Replied: 10th Jan 2012 at 18:15

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

Darren I think that you hit the nail on the head there. "Business". I think that is what upsets a lot of people and deters them from giving,charities have become big business. When someone donates say £5 they expect that £5 to go where it was intended to go,and not to pay someones wages.

Replied: 10th Jan 2012 at 20:02

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

Replied: 10th Jan 2012 at 20:02
Last edited by erontquay: 10th Jan 2012 at 20:10:24

Posted by: mal75 (1349)

erontquay well said!
individuals earning six figure salaries whilst portraying themselves as charity workers doesnt sit well with me.
and darren i am not against people earning a fair days wage and i still support many local charities but choose not to donate to british heart foundation.
if the top earner at bhf cut his salary in half they could employ 10 part time salaried shop workers for a full year and he would still be earning a good living.
but as the old saying goes charity begins at home.

Replied: 11th Jan 2012 at 07:46

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Hear hear, Mal.

Replied: 11th Jan 2012 at 08:56

Posted by: ruddy duck (inactive)

Take notice how many charities are run by retired officers from the armed forces.

A nicer little earner on top of their lucrative pension!

Replied: 11th Jan 2012 at 17:19

Posted by: trixie (5025) 

Baker Boy.NO i will not be giving them anything,because it was OXFAM shop,When the Sunami happened i took 3 bin bags full of clothes to the shop and they turned me away saying we only want money!!!take it across the road to the Red Cross.So since then they get NOTHING off me..Any other shop i would gladly have given them something.

Replied: 11th Jan 2012 at 18:13

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely..

Replied: 12th Jan 2012 at 10:23
Last edited by Mac: 12th Jan 2012 at 10:28:32

Posted by: trixie (5025) 

You will get a .

Replied: 12th Jan 2012 at 17:23

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Or some free wine....Oops, wrong thread

Replied: 13th Jan 2012 at 08:44

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Replied: 13th Jan 2012 at 08:54

Posted by: trixie (5025) 

They went to the right people then.

Replied: 13th Jan 2012 at 09:54

Posted by: trixie (5025) 

I called in our local Red Cross Charity shop yesterday.
The are having a January Sale as they are closing due to the Rent going up!!!!I did'nt see any bargains.

Replied: 15th Jan 2012 at 13:53


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