What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

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What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby downfader » 12 Dec 2010, 9:15pm

I have a load of junk (sorry I mean stuff I dont need anymore) and I dont think its worth the bother of ebay. I might as well dump it on the charity shops if they'll take them. Stuff like old LCD computer games from the 90s, some old cycle kit. I even have some old photo developing kit too.

What kind of stuff have you managed to foist on a charity shop in recent years?

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby drossall » 12 Dec 2010, 10:21pm

Failing that you might try Freecycle?

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby Dr.Doo » 12 Dec 2010, 10:37pm

"dump in/foist off on a charity shop" ...it's not good enough for you to sell but it's 'good enough' for charity shops to try sell it to poor people??? :shock:

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby rualexander » 12 Dec 2010, 10:40pm

It's not just 'poor people' who buy stuff in charity shops.

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Postby Dr.Doo » 12 Dec 2010, 10:43pm

I know this rualexander. Although on the whole it is people on low incomes who have less choice about where they shop who would tend to use such shops. Or that's the case in our town.

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Postby gbnz » 12 Dec 2010, 10:49pm

downfader wrote:

What kind of stuff have you managed to foist on a charity shop in recent years?


Books, films on vhs, packets of earl grey tea, couple of new suits, new shoes

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby Mick F » 13 Dec 2010, 7:43am

VHS cassettes.
Have you tried selling them? No-one wants them any more. You can give them away or get 50p if you're lucky.

We've got rid of bedding, ornaments, crockery and pots and pans, books ...............

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby GrahamNR17 » 13 Dec 2010, 7:54am

Just avoid electricals, very few of them will take them these days and it costs them money to dispose of. Ideally you should go in when they are open and invite them to decline anything that they don't want and save on disposal costs. Round here they have trouble with people dumping their old cr*p outside the door at night and end up with more costs than profit.

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby eileithyia » 13 Dec 2010, 9:19am

Electricals are a no no.
Look in your local shops and see what they are selling..
VHS very poor market.
Books depends on type, I had a whole series of photography technique books, there was no interest on ebay or from a local 2nd hand dealer, I had to take them to Oxfam's specialist book shop in Lytham (they have them around the country I believe).
Likewise with photography equipment, I have a Minolta SLR i hardly use anymore since the advent of digital photography, look on ebay, cameras are going for a song about 100th of the original price (no equivalent of an old carradice bag there).

Clothing is always welcome, though I doubt cycle clothing will sell, have just sold a few vintage team jerseys on ebay so it might be worth a go there or on the sales section of this site.

There is a market for old computer type games on ebay, have just sold an old gameboy colour console and game this way, only for a couple admittedly and it will not make me rich, but better than going ot charity shop where it might be a bit too specialist and at least on ebay you have a wider buying audience looking for specific stuff.
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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby Rafferty » 13 Dec 2010, 9:34am

If it really is old tat, take it to your recycling centre. Charity shops aren't there as a convenient dump.
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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby kwackers » 13 Dec 2010, 10:05am

People are very fussy these days, this is reflected in what charity shops want. Basically if you're getting rid of it because it's a bit old and worn don't bother.
As for electrical equipment (mains powered) most don't take it - but some do and indeed specialise. The main reason is they have to be tested before they can be sold and that costs money.
These days most charity shops are a bit more savvy when it comes to stuff, some sell stuff via auction sites rather than for a song in their shops.

Personally I enjoy a browse around charity shops, Ms Kwackers buys a fair bit of clothing from there - when you can pick up something that cost the best part of £100 at retail for a fiver why not?

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby gbnz » 13 Dec 2010, 11:43am

Mick F wrote:VHS cassettes.
Have you tried selling them? No-one wants them any more. You can give them away or get 50p if you're lucky.
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When I asked at the local charity shop specialising in books and media, they were delighted to have 10-20 VHS films in new condition.

I could have sold them to Barter Books for £10 (@ £0.50 per film, though some of that would have been in the local currency), the largest/one of the largest second hand book stores in the UK. Barter Books is only a couple of hundred yards away from the charity shop and stocks VHS.

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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby Mick F » 13 Dec 2010, 2:27pm

It must be just round here then!

I know we don't have a telly, but when we did we also had a DVD player and a VHS player/recorder.

As time went by, we either gave away our VHS tapes, or chucked them out. The main problem with them is that they deteriorate whether they are brand new or not.

Back in the old days, recording tape was brand new in VHS and Audio cassettes, but as they became more and more popular, the manufacturers started to use secondhand tape cut from professional systems. By that time, the computer world had gone away from tape, so the market was flooded with old and unused tape. It was cut up to different lengths and widths. Obviously, the secondhand tape was already starting to deteriorate.

Betamax OTOH didn't suffer the same because in its heyday, the computer world was still using tape. VHS and audio cassettes are rubbish nowadays. So is Betamax coz it's old!
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Re: What sort of stuff will a charity shop take thesedays?

Postby Redvee » 13 Dec 2010, 7:28pm

Electrical items need to have a PAT (poratble appliance test) before a 2nd hand shop can sell it which most charity shops don't have the facilities to carry out and the price of brand new items is so low from the likes of Tesco & Adsa that it means it is not financially viable for the charity shop to sell them as a brand new item will come with a 12mth gaurantee. Where I volunteer we are offered/collect small WEEE and never reuse them for the reasons above.