News from The United Kingdom, The Sue Ryder organisation, have opened a third charity superstore in the historic Norfolk town of Kings Lynn.
"The Sue Ryder organisation, which provides palliative care in communities, has opened a 2,965sq ft store in King’s Lynn which took more than £2,100 on its first day of trading.
In the past year, the charity has opened a 4,000sq ft shop at a retail park in Fakenham, Norfolk, and another 2,723sq ft shop in a former golf store in Meanwood, Leeds.
Oxfam’s 700 shops and online store announced annual takings of £85.9million in 2011, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year. Wendy Mitchell of the Charity Retail Association, said: ‘People feeling the pinch in their pockets are turning to charity shops to buy high-quality, low-cost items.' "
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Readers I wonder, is second-hand shopping growing in popularity in other parts of the world too? Are you seeing an increase of shoppers in your local charity shops, opportunity shops or thrift stores? Do you ever see an empty second-hand shop? I can't say I've seen an empty second-hand shopping outlet in the past few years, yet I have seen vacant high street retail shops. Are we seeing a trend, and a rise in the thrifty shopper?