We’ll adopt your clut­ter!

Whanganui Midweek - - COMMUNITY LINK - By ELLA GRANT

One of the rea­sons we vol­un­teer in a char­ity shop, other than hav­ing a soft spot for birds, is a soft spot for sec­ond­hand goods.

We have Li­mo­ges, Crown Lynn and fine English china. We have Se­lan­gor pewter. We have block­buster movies and Shake­speare’s plays. Sen­si­ble shoes, stylish shoes and silly shoes. The cloth­ing we sell is of­ten a much bet­ter qual­ity than what we could af­ford new. Not per­haps this year’s fash­ion, but then nei­ther are we. And we all buy the oc­ca­sional, ir­re­sistible knick-nack, gee-gaw or piece of bric-a-brac. Af­ter seven years our homes are show­ing signs of this.

It is not the flash stuff that grabs our fancy and won’t let go. We try to give one an­other sup­port in re­sist­ing temp­ta­tions.

“Do you re­ally need that piece of fab­ric?” “Will that table­cloth with race horses fit your din­ing ta­ble?” “What are you go­ing to do with that huge pic­ture frame?”

But no­body was tempted by the sin­gle lady’s shoe left on the doorstep. Nor by the ex­pen­sive brand cord­less jug not cur­rently in work­ing or­der. Or, in­deed, by the med­i­cal sup­port boot, which is go­ing to be re­turned to the hos­pi­tal.

What we do like for our cus­tomers is el­e­gantly sum­marised in this top 10 list that one of our vol­un­teers spot­ted in a char­ity shop win­dow over­seas and adapted:

■ 10 Christ­mas presents from your mother-in-law.

■ 9 Nice boyfriend gifts that didn’t quite cut the mus­tard.

■ 8 When two peo­ple with dif­fer­ent tastes be­come one.

■ 7 That ball-gown you can’t pos­si­bly wear again.

■ 6 Heir­looms that just don’t fit in.

■ 5 One be­comes two again and the flat has to shrink.

■ 4 Spring clean­ing the store room.

■ 3 “Dar­ling, I re­ally feel we have to re­think the lounge . . . ”

■ 2 Wed­ding presents in trip­li­cate.

■ 1 Go­ing on the great OE. Lon­don call­ing!

A good way to de-clut­ter is to take ad­van­tage of our clut­ter adop­tion ser­vice.

Bring it in!

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