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In The Window - The Whinge

If you don't like people complaining about things of absolutely no importance then this is not the post for you. 

Three of the many things I find unpleasant about the world are - 

The phrase wine o'clock

Trite phrases on "decorative" signs

Charity shops filled with brand new, bought in goods

I actively avoid charity shops with bought in goods, so imagine my dismay when I turned up for my shift yesterday to discover we now have to flog a ton of the stuff. For me, and I think a lot of other people, one of the best things about charity shops is the recycling element and the fact that we're turning turning junk into money*. Now apparently we are buying junk to turn into slightly less money and in turn generating more stuff that will back in the shop for us to sell for even less in a couple of months.

The other thing (I promise I'm not going to go on about it) is that the bought in stock is stuff we already sell! Cushions, mugs, decorative items. WHY? What is the point of that? If we must sell this junk why not sell things that aren't items people generally donate? It's absolutely ridiculous and makes no sense to me in the slightest.  

Anyway, I was tasked with making this tat look appealing in the side window, I had as much fun as it was possible to have when I didn't like anything I had to use and wasn't allowed to take anything from the packet. I did break one thing though, I consider that my protest. Can you tell I'm not impressed?

tiny things look terrible in a window!
my future self is already cursing me, I'll have to separate the buttons from the confetti at some point!
 
I'd lost all hope by the time I got to the bottom shelf

Good taste - I'm so sorry, please forgive me
At least there was some orange, I was the only one who wanted tea towels and washing up brushes in the window
Oh and the main window was pretty much empty when I turned up, almost everything had sold but nothing had been replaced, it was left for me! Cheers everyone! Anyway, enough whinging, just enough time to share the secret that I was so hot after about an hour I had to nick a dress off the 99p rail to wear for the rest of the day. I did not know I could be so stinky! More of the same today, thank goodness I'm on holiday next week.

*I know the purposes are to raise awareness of the charity and maybe make some money

Comments

  1. I am not a fan of signs either and I do not like going in a charity shop which sells new goods, very annoying.

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  2. I understand your frustration. When I go into a thrift/charity shop I expect to find things that have been donated, not things I'd find in a regular store. I must say though, the window looks great the way you have it set up.

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    1. Thank you so much.

      I agree. A point one colleague made yesterday was that our shop generally enhances the other shops in the town and it shouldn't directly compete in this way. We have a lovely shop selling things very similar to our new items and the lady works incredibly hard, I wouldn't like to think we were making things harder for her.

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  3. I' m with you on the selling of more tat! I'm aghast that anything promotin alcohol is being sold in a charity shop. This is especially true of a charity that supports older age! I had a lovely morning upcycling flowery shirts and plain shirts into tissue holders and lavender bags at the upcycling project where I volunteer. I am now about to discuss with a primary teacher how she can teach her pupils about upcycling/recycling. Well done on the display-you're right, it's hard to display lots of wee items. Catriona ps enjoy your holiday

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    1. Your project sounds wonderful, I love the idea of taking it into schools.

      I am more than ready for my holiday, I had a nightmare shift yesterday, so thank you.

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  4. I completely agree with you. Charity shops are changing too much, full of new tat which as you said, will come straight back again a little down the line. There are some here that are littered with new stuff, which annoys me more than it should!

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    1. It really annoys me. Other than Oxfam I avoid charity shops that sell new items.

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  5. I have to agree with you about buying new things in to sell in charity shops. I'm never that interested in bought in products in a CS, as I'm much more interested in the completely random things that get donated.

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    1. Exactly. It's interesting to note which of the new items have been selling and how many people are browsing those shelves. I understand why they're doing it, even though I disagree with it, but then we aren't allowed to reorder wool, which is a bought in item that sells very well and quickly. Makes no sense to me at all.

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  6. By the way, in spite of your feelings, you did a good job with the window. Looks great as always.

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  7. The charity shop in town is obviously on the same mission as they have a window display of all new merchandise too.

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    1. I assume it's an attempt to sell things in time for the winter festival.

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  8. I agree - it's silly to sell new things in a charity shop. I, too, avoid the new stuff like the plague. The shop I work in doesn't do 'new' so I'm saved from the tat dilemma.
    xx

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    1. Lucky you, and good for your charity!

      I had no idea this was happening (I mean, why would I, I'm just a till worker) so it was a bit of a unpleasant surprise.

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  9. I also dislike these things as well - why flog things you already do! The only ones I don't take umbrage to are the fairtrade confectionery and cleaning products from Oxfam or handmade cards etc. But the new tat - bleh! You did a very nice display though!

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    1. Thank you!

      I agree with you about the things Oxfam sells, they're items that fit in with the nature of the charity, but general bric a brac is different in my eyes too.

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