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Cold Hard Work

I spent all day at the charity shop yesterday, it looks like with a big push today and maybe a bit tomorrow everything will be ready to relaunch on Monday. The builders have done an amazing job, the ceiling has been repaired and the damp moldy wall is history, new boarding and plaster and it looks gorgeous, we just need to new changing room to be built today. There was of course no money for decorators so a combination of staff and volunteers (and their families) have pitched in to get things done. I think there were 10 of us yesterday all doing bits and pieces.

We still have no proper heating though so it was soooooo cold! It was lovely though as customers kept nipping in telling us how pleased they were that the shop was openeing again and saying they'd stop by on Monday to see what was new. I don't think everyone will like the new look, the area manager used to work in High Street retail so he likes a really sharp look, personally I love it but I know traditionalists will think we've spent a fortune on the revamp (we haven't, virtually all the paint was left over from various projects) and that it doesn't look enough like a charity shop, but you can't please everyone can you?

I'll try to get a couple of photographs today. 

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  1. Well done on the make over. It was interesting you saying some folk would not be keen on the 'doesn't look enough like a charity shop'. In Kirkby Lonsdale the first charity shop opened a year or so ago and had a battle to get permission to open. The main criteria was that they were not to look like a charity shop and had to look like a high end artisan clothing shop. And they have managed it, looking a little like a mix of Laura Ashley with hipster type bare wooden floors and chandelier lighting.

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    1. I can imagine that happening, especially somewhere without any charity shops. There are one or two shop like that in Lytham, they're very nice to look at but exceptionally expensive.

      We have an interesting mix of customers, some who like to shop with us but don't like anyone else to know they buy second hand so love a more modern look (and smell), and others who think not having piles of stuff everywhere and colour/size sorting the clothes mean we're "not like a proper charity shop" and think we must be spending too much money on wages and we should sell things more cheaply.

      I smile and nod at both ends of the spectrum!

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  2. Seeing a refresh of space that just months before may have been done for is a great thing. I look forward to the pictures.

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    1. I didn't manage to get any pictures yesterday as we are nowhere near ready, a couple of people are going in today to try to get the basics sorted out, but I think we're still going to be doing the finishing touches on Monday.

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  3. Well done to everyone on all the hard work. I'm looking forward to seeing the photographs.
    I hope you get lots of customers through the doors when you re-open. X

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    1. Thanks, I 'll get some pictures when I can, it really does look nice.

      If everyone that has asked about the shop since it closed turns up next week then we'll be very busy!

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  4. I think it is wonderful that a team of volunteers have worked together to make the reopening possible. Good for you all for working together to make it all happen.

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    1. Thank you. It has been a lovely atmosphere, everyone working really hard to get things done.

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  5. Sometimes you just have to please yourself. I prefer a clean, crisply painted place for my charity shopping.

    God bless.

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    1. We have worked hard to make things look nice but in the main it's only paint, we haven't spent much so it is more a refresh - other than the essential work to make the building safe which obviously no-one can see.

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  6. Well done to you all and good luck with the relaunch.
    Carolx

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  7. Your refurb of the shop sounds great. It's a nice feeling when you all work together to achieve something and do it on a small budget too. Charity shops like everything need to change with the times to stay alive. People will still come in if what you offer is at the right price for them. I hope you can get some photos at some point to show us your transformation.

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    1. Thank you, I'm going to drop in on Monday so hopefully there will be a chance for photographs.

      You have said exactly what I said to the manager - as long as we keep our good prices and stock we'll do well, the thing with a new look is that it might also tempt people who wouldn't usually visit a charity/secondhand shop.

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  8. Remembering some of your other posts... I'm so glad that this is the outcome! Jx

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    1. Thank you so much, it's a really good thing, everyone was so upset when we closed. I didn't realise how much I'd miss everyone, I haven't known what day it is for the past couple of weeks!

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  9. I like the funky new Charity shops, we've got a couple around here and they just look like normal shops on the street. We've also got some old, run down, cluttered charity shops, they're not as fun to go in, I always think that if the shop looks messy and grubby, their stock is going to be too.

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    1. I'm happy to visit most shops as long as there's not too much bought in brand new stock. I know what you mean about a grubby shop - hardly makes you want to get in there for a good rummage around.

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  10. OOOh how exciting! Please do share some pictures when you can please!!x

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