Our brand new charity shop opened yesterday, 11th December, at 11:30am and was an immediate success, drawing a lot of local interest from the word ‘go’. Following the cutting of the ribbon by Kathryn Townsend from Bradford And District Association For Mental Health, who also presented us with an enormously generous cheque for £70,000 towards funding the shop, the doors were opened to the public for the very first time.
A steady stream of shoppers began to arrive followed by a similarly steady stream of positive feedback from all who attended. Joanne and Yasmin were soon ringing up sales and a great atmosphere pervaded throughout.
Free mince pies and mulled wine were on offer to and enjoyed by all who visited the shop, bringing an added air of festive cheer to the occasion. The Telegraph and Argus were on hand with a reporter and photographer and a glowing article about the shop and The Cellar Trust appeared in the T&A this morning. Well worth a read it is too.
As well as being a new and unique shopping experience in Shipley town centre, the shop will also be a great resource where clients can gain much-needed work experience and retail training. Store Manager Joanne explained how important it was for the shop to look more like a commercial store than a charity shop to give clients the most useful work experience.
The shop will normally be open between 10:00 and 16:00 Monday to Saturday so if you didn’t manage to make it to the opening day you can pop in anytime during those hours and have a good browse at your leisure.
Here’s some more images of the opening day. Click on them to enlarge.