I have to admit that I never used to shop in charity shops. I assumed that the quality of clothing could never be as good as high street stores, so I carried on walking past them and refused to go in. But since volunteering in a charity shop and being responsible for sorting through donations, I’ve realised that the quality of products can often be really high. I’ve seen things that are designer, things that are rare, and it’s not uncommon to see things that look brand new. Now I love them. For me, shopping is far more exciting when you’re not sure what to expect and that’s exactly what you get in charity shops. Quite often there will be something that will catch your eye, whether it’s a jumper or piece of jewellery, or something for the home.
Here’s a few reasons why you should spend more time shopping in charity shops instead of high street stores.
It’s more ethical
You might not realise it but choosing a charity shop over high street stores helps the environment. We need to stop supporting fast fashion – it’s only going to create more problems. Why throw away old clothes when you can recycle them and put them to a better use? After all, if more of us choose to shop in charity shops then hopefully, it will encourage less demand for new clothes. Of course, you might not always be able to find exactly what you’re looking for during every visit but if you can choose to shop in charity shops more often than high street stores then you’re still making a big difference.
You’re helping a good cause
One of the main reasons to shop in charity shops more often is to help raise funds for charities. These charities rely on donations and regular customers in order to support their cause and to ensure that they can give adequate support to those who need it. Why wouldn’t we want to be a part of that? By choosing to shop in a charity shop instead of a chain store, we are helping that shop to remain open, which means that they can continue to provide care to people in need. A small choice can help in big ways.
There’s something for everyone
From clothing to jewellery to vinyls, there’s literally something for everyone. I personally love looking at the books and bric-a-brac and I could quite easily spend hours shopping and seeing what catches my eye. To be honest, I don’t get the same excitement when shopping in high street stores because I always know what to expect. With charity shops, you never what you might find, it could be something rare or valuable, or something that you’ve been searching for for ages. It’s always worth taking a look.
Not only are you helping to raise money for a good cause, but you’re being kind to yourself too by not spending a fortune on clothes. Let’s be honest, a lot of us can’t afford to be buying new clothes at high prices, and we shouldn’t have to either. Buying things in the sale is one way of saving money but what if you don’t want to wait? Charity shops have things at low prices all year around and with so many choices of skirts, tops, and trousers to choose from, you’ll most definitely find something that you like.
The staff are nice
I can’t speak for ALL charity shops but I will say that the majority of the ones I’ve shopped in have had great staff working there. Most of them are run by the manager and a group of dedicated volunteers who are all happy to be there, so it’s always a nice environment to be in. You’ll often find that there’s regular customers who get to know the staff very well and the shop becomes a place where they feel comfortable and happy in. There’s just something different about charity shops that you wouldn’t always get with shops along the high street.
Do you shop in charity shops and what’s your opinion of them? Let me know in the comments.