Let me start by saying charity shops are AWESOME!
They are a place to do some good when de-cluttering, and they are a place to grab a bargain when you’re looking for a new book, to up-cycle some furniture or a new outfit.
However, charity shops aren’t always the easiest things to find. Especially if you’re new to an area. Which is why today I’ll be showing you how to find a local charity shop.
Google, is there really anything this search engine giant can’t do?
Simply search ‘charity shops’ and then your destination. Click over to maps and you’ll find the location, name and opening times of every charity shop listed.
This is without a doubt the easiest and quickest way to find charity shops. If you have a smartphone then the search can also be done using the Google maps application. Ideal for charity shopping on the go!
Local Facebook Pages
Facebook. Love it or hate it, it can be a great resource. Many communities have set up groups for people to join and find out information about a particular area. Questions can include; Local events, details in regards to a particular school and community issues and concerns.
All this makes local Facebook pages a fantastic resource if you’re looking for charity shops. Be sure to read the rules of every group first, and then ask away.
While it takes a little longer than a Google search and the responses are going to need collating, you may find a hidden gem that you otherwise wouldn’t of found or some information as to the best times to visit, or what particular shop to go to for specific types of products i.e. furniture or clothing.
The High Street
Should all the above fail you, then head to the local high-street. I’m yet to visit a town or city without charity shops on the high-street.
You might not get great charity shops, and they might not have what you’re looking for. But they are a fantastic starting point, into your ‘charity shop hunting’.
Also don’t be afraid to ask in the store if they have any other stores local. You might find that particular charities have stores in neighbouring towns.
Let me know how you go on finding a local charity shop with these techniques. If you have any hints on how to find a local charity shop then feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime check out my post on how to find local car boot sales, for other bargains!