Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Yet Another Charity Shop

Charity shop, Hallgate, Cottingham
The long running slow-down in economic activity has been a boom time for charity shops, they were the fastest growing retail sector last year and there's over 9,600 of them throughout the land or so I've read. They're in every town and on every high street. In Cottingham there are seven that I know of, that's more than one in ten shops devoted to raising funds for some cause or other. Now a connoisseur of these places would say that the slightly seedier the ambience the better the bargains to be had and it's a real bad sign when the professionals move in and a Mary Portas style makeover happens. This means higher prices, less stock and a reduction in customers. This one has opened recently for some local charity and has a nice mix of books, bric-a-brac and clothing. All very pleasantly and unprofessionally arranged to appeal to the browsing passer-by on a gloomy afternoon.

'Shop window' is the City Daily Photo's theme for the first day of the last month of the year. See what goodies are on display here.


  1. I love Thrift Store shopping! Unfortunately they haven't really caught on here in Saudi Arabia because there is a stigma attached to previously owned merchandise.

  2. I like the idea of recycling so hopefully these shops will carry on even when the economy improves.

  3. There are some around here. The Salvation Army tends to do this.

  4. There are plenty in Coventry...all seem to be doing a roaring trade.