Charity Shops: Retailing Consumption and Society

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Retailing

A theoretical perspective on charity shops II

The historic roots of the charity shop, as described in the Introduction, show that the underlying philosophy of the sector is grounded in social service. However, since those early days the sector has developed and changed in character, encompassing diversity of approach to the business of charity retailing. This diversity has implications for our understanding of the ethos, retailing practices, management systems and customer base of charity shops, individually and collectively.


Classification of charity shops

Characterisation of charity shops as if they formed a homogenous group is increasingly a misrepresentation of the sector. In the early 1980s shops were more uniform in nature but, as the sector has developed, there has been polarisation in terms of store size, store function, the merchandise mix and the development of chains of stores, as opposed to the autonomous unit. An attempt has been made to classify stores (Horne and Broadbridge 1995) on the basis of merchandise mix. They suggest that depending on the type of merchandise sold, it is possible to classify charity shops into the following three categories:

Category I

100 per cent donated merchandise

Category II

Donated merchandise plus a proportion of new merchandise

Category III

100 per cent new merchandise.

Category I comprises those charity shops that sell only donated second-hand goods, ranging from clothes and furniture to books and smaller household items. In these shops most second-hand goods donated to the shops are accepted and offered for sale, the exception being those goods restricted by law, usually because of a safety aspect, for example

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vi
  • Acknowledgements viii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Consumption, Identity and Locality 11
  • 2 - Retailing 20
  • 3 - Customers and Demand 38
  • 4 - Materialising Profit 55
  • 5 - Staffing the Charity Shop 71
  • 6 - Pricing and Competition 101
  • 7 - 'It's All in the Mix' 118
  • Bibliography 137
  • Index 146
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