Is it any surprise that charity shops can get bad press?
Charity shops get up to 100% relief on rates, landlords can give charity shops – the big chains – discounts on their monthly rental. Staffed by volunteers with a paid (sometimes part-time) shop manager – overheads of a charity shop are a fraction of that of a retail shop and do not create the same number of jobs as a normal retail outlet.
When a family run business closes – the expectation and comment is often, “That’s another space for a charity shop”.
Would the government take a more proactive approach to keep the high street alive and independent if it wasn’t for charity shops filling the empty units?
Charity shops are here whether we like it or not and they are here to stay. As we all know Waterlooville precinct has got more than it’s fair share.
So for the rest of this news item – let us embrace charity shops.
For those on a smaller budget, clothes and accessories can be picked up cheaply and they can be a lifeline, social hub, and outlet for volunteers.
Here is my favourite photograph – it is of the British Heart Foundation shop window prior to moving to their new location near The Boulevard. Certainly the items on display got my pulse racing (sadly they didn’t have my size…).
What are your experiences of Waterlooville’s charity shops? What is your biggest bargain, are there any purchases that you regret?