Mother the Charity Head Case

Mum the Charity Case
Mum the Charity Case

As a thank you to mother for looking after the Boy during the recent trip to Italy I gave her an hour of my time to go shopping with her.  (How generous is the No. 1 Son!)  Given my reputation of shopping with the ladies you’d have thought I would have pulled her into the west end,  Kings Road, New Bond Street, Dover Street all only 30 mins from our front door.  Not a chance!  My Mother is a charity shop headcase and apparently there really is no better charity shop browsing than in Crouch End a 15 min walk from my front door.

The fashion while on a par with the rest of the highstreet (And in some cases much more forward!) was instantly forgettable, the music selection dire and the book selection appalling   There also seems to have been an influx of Brand NEW products.  While the displays and merchandising are better than ever before the chance of my finding an old Smiths album or first edition Famous Five Book seems to have disappeared altogether.  I blame eBay,  these stores must be hiving off all the good stuff and selling it to collectors on eBay and depriving the bargain hunting customers of their opportunity of discovering treasure.

Mother also noticed all this and commented “They are not as good as they used to be”.  If these shops are loosing their appeal to my Mother then I think they have some deep thinking to do.



One thought on “Mother the Charity Head Case

  1. Charity shops have lost much of their charm and usefulness, as far as consumers are concerned. They have gone too far up their own backsides in trying to be “proper shops” and compete with the mainstream outlets. Plus what’s with new items at near new prices?!

    Other annoying aspects include those charity shops that a) don’t have prices clearly displayed, and then make up ridiculous prices when you attempt to buy; b) change the price (even if ticketed) when you even display an interest in the item — because they presumably think you are that desperate you won’t mind the price increase and will pay more.

    While I like to be able to browse with ease, I don’t mind the odd rummage. However, when there are shelves and the items (especially books and CDs or DVDs) are still badly organised, there’s no excuse — all these shops are run by volunteers, so there should be enough hands to make things tidy. How many times are there two near idle volunteers sat at the till, both of them involved in ringing through the purchases?!

    There are still some charity shops that recognise what they are selling: secondhand goods for people of limited means (mostly, I would contend). Some even adjust their prices in favour of making a quick sale to nice people, rather than trying make a quick buck ripping off some poor mug. I’m all for supporting charity, but I want to be treated with some respect in the process.

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