Do­nated items ar­rive in clumps and clus­ters

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By ELLA GRANT

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.

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