On reflection my last post just said a load of stuff that wasn’t hugely useful at a glance.  Delving into a bit more detail seems like some what of a necessity.

Many people live with the delusion that everything for sale in Charity Shops should be dirt cheap.  They go into these shops to get a bargain and then they turn their nose up when that BNWT coat is priced at £10 and they only want to pay £4 for it.  Equally ridiculous is the thought that donating loads of stuff will make loads of money.

You’re going to a charity shop to support that charity!  If you think their prices are too high then you’re probably high.  During my week of working for a local charity in their retail department, I saw hand crocheted blankets and baby clothes being sold for under £10.  BRAND NEW HAND MADE for under £10, so we can only assume at most the materials cost £2.50 and they crocheters only spent an hour (£7.50) on each item.  What a stupid policy.  Every part of the world is looking at smarter dynamic pricing, but charities are still racing each other to the bottom.

The most expensive book in the charity shops I surveyed was £2.99,  EXTORTION!  But the 14 second hand books I have recently purchased from Amazon, have had an average price of £4.81.

Then comes the tat that gets donated, the reason Charity shops have loads of cut glass ornament tat, is not because they sell well.  It’s because no one wants to buy them.  Life in a Charity Shop is Survival of the Shittest. My top tips for donating:

  1. If there’s lots of something, they don’t want more
  2. If you don’t want it, its pretty likely that no one else wants it
  3. Your “ornate decorative” objects are in fact tat

If you donate something that is just unsellable, worst case scenario is, the charity pays for it to be sent to landfill, 11p per kg!

Lets help charities sell more good stuff and maximise their income, and reduce the likelihood of this lunacy.

Until next time, if you want me to help your charity out, I have a whole host of schemes, so, Hire Me?