Profit contribution of charity retail to parent charities£387m in 2022/23 1
Social value generated by UK charity shops £75.3 billion in Jan-Dec 2022 9
Average transaction value in a charity shop£7.02 in October-December 2023 (sample 51 charities)2
Amount of textiles kept from being disposed of each year339,000 tonnes in 2018/19 3
Number of people employedMore than 26,100 FTE employees 4
Number of volunteersMore than 187,200 volunteers 4
Number of charity shopsC. 10,200 5
Proportion of income from new goods sales13.8% in October-December 2023 (sample 58 charities) 2
Sample info on average price per itemUK, median prices:
Womenswear: £4.5; Examples from the womenswear category: blouses, tops and knitwear: £4, skirts and trousers: £4, dresses and suits: £6.5 6
Menswear: £5.01; Examples from the menswear category: shits, t-shirts & knitwear: £4.5, trousers £4.61 6
Proportion of all retail units which are charity shops3.3% 5
Proportion of empty shops across GB14% in Q4 2023 7
Amount charity shops save councils in waste disposal chargesAt least £31 million each year by diverting 339,000 tonnes of textiles away from landfill or incineration 8
CRA’s QMA/shop data and Civil Society’s Charity Shops Survey data combined
CRA’s Quarterly Market Analysis (QMA) report
CRA’s Sources of Stock and QMA data combined
CRA’s Workforce report, August 2023
CRA’s “Find a shop” data, Feb 2024
CRA’s Average selling prices report, Jan-Dec 2022
BRC and Local Data Company
CRA’s 2018/19 reports and WRAP’s Gate Fees 2019/20 Report
‘The Value of Giving Back – The Social Value of Charity Shops’ report

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Updated May 2022