I stumbled upon the Betel charity after walking past one of its furniture shops. They have some lovely furniture, so today I popped in for a good browse, and also had some tea and pumpkin and ginger cake in their cafe.
One of the guys there, who had been helped by the charity, explained that the shop gets its stock from India, The Netherlands and France and they buy container loads, so can keep the prices low.
They also restore furniture and had lots of shabby chic products. The friendly guy explained that they have their own workshops so that’s why certain products were low cost. Finally, they get overstocks from department stores and when I popped in, they had stock from Debenhams.
A bit about the charity that the sales support, so that you …
Now I haven’t shopped in a charity shop for a few years. The thought of another mum seeing me wearing their cast offs fills me with dread.
When I was younger of course, the odd cardy, suede jacket or the like were cooler if I said I had bought them from the Rag Market in Brum or just a “little charity shop”.
Anyway, I do have a friend (no it’s not me really!) and she doesn’t live in my town but works here, so I asked her to tell me how to get the most out if charity shops and here goes below.
There has been a massive surge in the number of charity shops in Britain over the past five years and this is, in part, due to the fact that charity shops pay …