IN RESPONSE to your article regarding charity shops (Free Press, November 3)
If we didn’t have charity shops, would people recycle their used clothes, books, bric-a-brac etc?
We think the answer would be no. Imagine the area of land the council would need for landfill and the impact that would have on the environment.
Is it not better to make use of the old cast-offs (some items by the way, come in to the shop brand new, still bearing their tags) by recycling them and helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves?
As for cheaper rents and rates, there maybe some that have that pleasure, but they usually work on a full repairing and insuring lease. They pay full insurance, electric and water etc.
Were it not for these shops, who would fund the medical research, carers, homes and equipment etc that these charities raise money for?
We are sure the government would love to increase people’s taxes to cover the extra revenue that the charity shops raise.
Some people prefer to make a purchase of a top brand name from a charity shop, saving them some money while knowing they are helping a good cause and not lining the pockets of share holders, especially in these hard times.
The old stigma of buying from a charity shop has long gone.
We see the same faces day in, day out looking for the bargains because the high street has out priced themselves and people just can’t afford their prices.
Not only do they bring in this important revenue, they create an environment that people can get involved in.
Volunteers play a vital role in the running of the shops, in turn for some, it is a way of socialising and enriching their lives while helping others.
It is also a way of keeping people in the working environment after losing their jobs through the recession, keeping that sense of purpose, giving something back.
In conclusion, it has warmed our hearts that in this time of hardship for a lot of families and businesses, two local businesses have come forward and helped our charity shop, Sense.
We have just this week had a face lift and had our shop front painted, one of which you mentioned in your column, Paperclip!
Aaron Hird, a local painter and decorator offered to paint our shop front as it was looking extremely tired and tatty.
He has done this for free, in his own time. When he visited the local paint suppliers, Newlands, to purchase the paint they told him they would happily donate it for free. It looks wonderful!
We would like to thank Aaron and Newlands for their generosity and kindness. it will not be forgotten.
Alison Adams, manager, and Sandra Moxon, assistant manager,
Sense Charity Shop