Edinburgh charity shop breaks its own record

An Edinburgh charity shop has had a record-breaking week of trading thanks to donations of designer, vintage and quirky items.

Shelter Scotland’s store in Stockbridge is famous for its annual launch where a year’s worth of highly sought after and high value donations are put out in the first week of trading of the new year.

This year fashion-conscious bargain hunters bought an astonishing £18,398 of clothes, bric-a-brac, jewellery and records in the first seven days.

Pete Jew, manager of the Shelter Scotland Stockbridge branch (pictured here with his award from the Charity Retail Association for “Retail Staff Member of the Year 2016”, said:

“I’m amazed at how much money we have been able to take in over the first week of trading this year. The launch has always been a celebration of donations and local support. It showcases the wonderful items you can find in our shop all year round. People donate things that are either no longer available on the high street, or never were, which makes them highly prized.”

Shoppers treated themselves to clothes from fashion houses including Vera Wang, Stella McCartney, Chloe, Gucci, Prada and Dolci and Gabbana, much of which was given to the shop by one generous donor.

Pete Jew added:

“Many of the designer or vintage items are now rare or one-of-a-kind which makes them highly desirable. All the same I am still amazed at how well we did this year. It’s fantastic.”

Shelter Scotland campaigns to ensure that no-one should have to endure the misery of homelessness alone.

In addition to shop sales, a rare collectable Be@rbrick figurine of Star Trek favourite Mr Spock sold for £350 in a silent auction.

Alison Watson, Deputy Director of Shelter Scotland, said:

“I take my hat off to Pete and the team at the Stockbridge shop for yet another record-breaking launch event. It is only with the support of fundraising including our shops that we can continue to provide vital services to people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place. We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. For advice and support visit shelterscotland.org or call 0808 800 4444.
  2. Spokespeople are available for interview – call the media office on 0844 515 2442. An ISDN line is available for broadcast interviews.
  3. Follow Shelter Scotland on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/shelterscotland Twitter – http://twitter.com/shelterscotland

 Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.