Donated items arrive in clumps and clusters
There is a certain seasonality to the donations that come in to the Cheep Shop. When the cherries are flowering and the shining cuckoo is calling we get winter woollies and wind cheaters. When autumn closes in and a good book by the fan heater is the most tempting activity we can think of we invariably get togs and sun hats. You get the picture. That’s why we were so pleased to get a body board in good condition last week. Summer is coming!
We are lucky, we have a very large shop and a big storage space behind the blue curtain. If we had a few more volunteers we could do much better stock rotation and have the shop full of the current season’s clothing and relevant goods. As it is, we never got the panel heaters out into the shop in the cold weather months. Must try harder. But even if we had a dozen volunteers the Christmas decorations would not be put out until mid-November. That’s a matter of principle.
On the day we received the body board, we also received six bags of clothing and five boxes of wonderful sundries.
And the week before that three people donated shoes on the same day. We don’t get that many shoes, sometimes none for weeks, and then suddenly a swarm.
Things don’t just arrive in in clumps and clusters, they are sold in the same way! We received nine lovely botanical prints by Kay Billings about four months ago, and not one had sold three months later, but now they have all gone to good homes. All our saucepans sold in a few days recently to all different people and if we had had an electric frying pan I could have sold it four times over. We are still hoping for a rush on electric coffee makers.