08 August 2017

Charity shop’s successful re-launch as discount store

Shoppers looking for great quality and fantastic value for money will be delighted byFarnham Common the new-look Rennie Grove Hospice Care outlet in Farnham Common.

The popular charity shop in Beaconsfield Road is already a honeypot of hard-to-resist bargains, but has recently been re-launched as a discount store where every item costs £2 or less.  Experience has shown that the talented Rennie Grove retail and trading team can raise more for the charity by selling items for £2 each at one of its four dedicated discount shops than by sending them to rag merchants.

“The Farnham Common shop receives a delivery every week of roughly 40/50 sacks, so we have plenty of fantastic quality clothing,” says shop manager Jacqui Davies, who was previously assistant manager of Rennie Grove’s Downley shop, having started out as a volunteer there five years ago.

at the tillDonations of items to sell are always gratefully received by the shop’s team. Rennie Grove’s retail operation works hard to maximise the value of every single donation, saving collectables to sell to a worldwide audience on its ebay store and displaying items in three of its standard priced shops for a fortnight each before reducing to £2 at one of its discount stores.  If an item of clothing is still unsold after a further two weeks then it is recycled as ‘rags’ and begins a new life as loft insulation or a J cloth.  Income from ‘rags’ alone can average £100,000 in a year – enough to fund 4,000 hours of specialist nursing care in patients’ homes.

Jacqui admits that she was a little wary of the challenge of managing a new shop, but says she has “enjoyed every moment” since she took the helm in June and her turnover is outstripping the potential income that recycling as rags at an earlier stage would bring.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure every donation raises as much as it possibly can, explains Jacqui. “And in terms of custom we’re really fortunate to have – as well as our loyal locals - a vast number of customers coming from as far away as Luton, Aylesbury and even Bicester on a weekly basis – as well as the bus route bringing regulars from Slough and Windsor.”

Rennie Grove’s 24 shops in Bucks and Herts raise £2.6 million a year to help fund services for local people with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, giving them the choice to be cared for at home surrounded by their family.  Pop into the new-look shop and bag your bargain today.

If you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to join Jacqui’s friendly team of volunteers in a vibrant, bustling shop - please get in touch on 01442 890222.