I’m on a bit of a rant. It’s been a while since I’ve had one (I feel like I’m in confession!) Anyway my rant today is about Charity Shops. I love them, in fact most of my clothes come from them.
What I don’t like about them is how ungrateful they can be when you donate items to them. We’ve been having a bit of a clear out recently and I’ve had a run in with three charity shops.
The first one refused books when I’d checked a few days before if they would take them. The other two weren’t a bit happy when I left in other items to them. Everything I was leaving in was of very good quality, some were new. Not one of the shops said thank you.
To be honest I’m now so put off donating I probably wouldn’t bother anymore, apart from to Ursula who sells items for Rescue Dogs Sligo. Is it just a Sligo thing though? What are the charity shops like elsewhere? Are there any charity shops in Sligo that are looking for items and wouldn’t look at me like I had two heads if I leave things in?
Rant over – for today 🙂
I had EXACTLY the same experience today. I wanted to give the items to the animal charity shop & she practically pushed me out the door & sent me off elsewhere. I understand storage space is a big issue for them but seriously, there’s no need to be rude!
I totally agree Belle. You think you are doing a good deed and end up feeling awful.
Hi Val, Im sorry that you had that negative experience with the shop recently. I did raise it with the manager , it was an issue due to storage, but as you said no need for rudeness. I always am very thankful to those who make such beautiful and kind donations to our shop. Its a great thing for us to benefit our charity from their kindness and it helps them to get stuff cleared out, its a win:win situation for everyone. I agree with you, its very important to be grateful, I think its just a human thing, some people are better at expressing it, and recognise that, and some others are just not good at it.
Hi Margaret, two more bad experiences since that one. I’ve kind of given up at this stage. You have been wonderful though 🙂
Essential seconds charity shop in Ballymote is open and they were very grateful for items when we did a big clear out:)
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Thanks Jessica 🙂
Depends who’s working in our local charity shops. Some of them are courteous and grateful. Others grumpy and self-anointed put-upons put on Earth to save it *hands wringing*
I tried five places in Goulburn, NSW Australia to donate furniture. Desk, book shelves, chest of drawers and two wardrobes. A coat of paint would have brightened them but all usable. Took photos on my phone to show. Surely there are people who need these items. I Had to pay someone to take it to the tip. One woman was very sympathetic, the others rude as…. Such a waste.
That’s awful Louise, I wish we lived nearer we could do with the furniture 🙂