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English Traditional Charity Shop, Now An Online Charity Shop, A Cultural Norm

Updated on May 24, 2012

What do we mean by the best English traditional charity shop?  This institution has been around for many years and utilised by many. However, things have changed.  We now have the online charity shop!


What with the credit crunch, many of us have become frugal. Increasingly the charity shop has become a great resource and, not only an English traditional pass-time, but an essential part in stretching money further.


Many of the English traditional methods of buying items from the High Street in our towns and cities, however, are becoming more popular online.


This has even affected the charity shop, although increasing in numbers on our High Streets; you will often might find an online charity shop on a computer browser near you.


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An English Traditional Charity Shop - One Of The Best Of British Institutions

Charity shop purchases have become an English traditional part of many English people’s lives. From the 70’s the Charity Shop has become a standard feature on our High Streets. Many would agree that the charity shop is one of the best of British institutions.

Charities from major organisations like the British Red Cross, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK, to more minor institutions, have been actively encouraged by our local authorities to stand side by side with major chain stores.

These authorities offer knock down rents and very low, if not zero-rated, charges – there are huge subsidises. As a result, in recent years, the humble charity shop has grown and flourished. However, it seems that, many Charitable Organisations now offer a different way of shopping – the online charity shop has been born!

Ebay For Charity? Now You Can Find a Favourite Online Charity Shop!

This English traditional activity of purchasing pre-owned items are not only offered on the High Street, but online too. You might find an online charity shop on e-bay, on Amazon or independently. Even the English traditional method of volunteering may have changed.

You will find a kindly person volunteering their time behind the counter of an English traditional charity shop. However, such volunteering has diversified. This can now be done online.

The volunteer may sell their items independently and make a donation from the proceeds of this. E-bay offers this service more than any other online business. They sponsor a charity and can automatically donate a percentage of the sale, if the seller or buyer chooses, at the close of bidding.

Ebay for Charity has also set up unique opportunities for selling items online with the intent of raising money. You can click Online Charity - Ebay Success Stories for more information. If you click on this link, Ebay For Charity Index, you will find lots of information about the various charities that have special items for sale.

Furthermore, there are numerous links here to help you find a favourite online charity shop for you to scroll through should you wish. The advent of online shopping has, indeed, changed the English traditional way of buying from charities and has opened up choices for people to sell and volunteer.

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Here are a few online charity shops that you might peruse:

  • Oxfam

(The only one found that sells pre-owned items)

English Traditional Behaviour Has Changed - The Charity Shop Has Been Transferred to the Buzz of the Auction Bidding Process!

The charity shop has always been interesting to the frugal English person. It has offered wears that can’t be found elsewhere. Items like retro clothing, for example. Purchasing such items is increasingly popular - there is nothing like the real McCoy! However, the modern way of purchasing such items online from charities has become very popular, especially for young adults. They tend to prefer to do much of their purchases online, more so than their older counterparts.

It seems this has become the preferred method of providing the ‘buzz’ that we acquire when buying from a charity shop. The English traditional behaviour, therefore, has changed. The buzz of the rummage and bustle of the charity shop has been transferred to the buzz of the auction bidding process offered by e-bay. If you want to learn to cheat this, please click on Win Ebay Auctions by Sniping.



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Online Charity on Ebay

By transferring this human behaviour to purchasing from an online charity shop, it provides comfort and convenience. However, I may add that the hub of purchasing pre-owned goods from an online charity shop seems to be an e-bay phenomenon rather than directly from the online charity itself.

One Of The Best Of English Traditional Activities Is Now Online

So here you have it. One of the best of English traditional activities can be done online! Purchasing pre-owned items from your local charity shop has expanded.  With the help of local government subsidy, free voluntary labour and the advent of e-bay, this Englishman’s hobby has grown. You can now purchase unusual items within walking distance of your home and in comfort by visiting your favourite online charity shop via the Internet.

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      Jacob 6 years ago

      hi,

      good idea must always be supprted.it must expand and to go on and on ..........

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      Jacob 6 years ago

      hi,

      good idea must always be supprted.it must expand and to go on and on ..........

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Great stuff Kitty - glad you enjoyed it.

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      kitty_ 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot for this hub. It was exactly what I was looking for! I'm always happy to buy some things from a charity organization cause I'm pretty sure that part of my contribution will go for a good cause. Whether is protecting animals or helping people in need.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Marisa! Check out ebay, you will see lots of them there! :)

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      Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

      How about that! We call them op shops in Australia (don't ask me why), but I have yet to come across an online version. I'm sure they'll get here though!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Mike... Even when times were good, I always enjoyed checking out items that are a bit different. Much of the good stuff ends up on ebay charity now though. Still if you go to my sniping site... you can bag a bargain without flinching! Thanks for reading :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Pamela99 - You can always find something a little more unusual at charity shops - Im glad you benefit from them :)

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Shaz, this was a good and timely hub. I've been going to lots of second-hand stores since money has been an issue for me lately. There are many nice things to be found, and I have brought some suff in that I didn't need any more, also. The tight economy has brought about a new age, and there has never been a better time for second hand shops.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Mike

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Shaz, Great hub. You can find some real deals that way. There are a lot of great second hand charity shops around here also.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      JayJay... cat's cant buy from charity shops, but you could buy yourself a lovely cuddily there, if you want a purrrfect gift! Thanks for slinking around :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Ann for reading, Im glad you enjoyed it. Are you going to poke around an online charity shop now? Nothing like a good ole virtual rummage! :)

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Love poking around charity shops, great hub

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      This is really neat, Shaz!!!! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Lady E - it is always a great thing for people to be given the opportunity to stretch their money in times that are frugal.

      Thanks for visiting! :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Sunforged - Salvation army! Brilliant. They are the only charity that I give cash to (I give of myself for the others). I have become a successful adult, but when I was much younger, things were different. I was in a violent relationship and ended up in a refuge. When I was re-homed, the Sally Army decked me out with everything, from a cooker to sofa, to help me on my feet. I will never forget that!

      They helped me to be my best today. Three cheers for the Salvation Army!

      Thanks again, Sunforged with gracing me with your presence:)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Nell... we could get some good design tips from recycling some of the old clothes. Did you see what that young woman did with cap flaps? Amazing! Thanks for stopping by my friend:)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      There's lots of useful info in this Hub. A lot of people are now buying from Charities and it's good because it means the Charities receive more money.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      yep - SALVAtion Army's

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hiya, I didn't know about the online charity shops, I do shop in some of them, but we have about four in our tiny little town, and only one of them is really good. but then I did work in it for a while! lol I never realised that they were updating and redesigning some of the clothes like in the video. great info. thanks again nell

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Sunforged.. Salval's eh? wow...

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      wow, great way to tie in many projects, We have a version of charity shops here in the US usually referred to as SalVal's - I dont think they would be popular here if they were called "charity shops" ..but its cool to shop at salval!

      small favor "" the 60dc-hublogs"is only for the logs

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Aaron - Nice that you dropped by and give it a read :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Wavegirl... I wonder where I got the page break idea from????? *winks at Wavegirl!*... Thanks for popping by :)

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      A very well written hub about this topic. Well done. Enjoy.

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Shaz - how smart is this Hub - online charity shops . what an excellent idea! I also love your little breaks you put in ;) They look great and it was so easy to do . right??? Thumbs up on this Hub!

      Shari