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Rewarding retail therapy

At Christmas, why not give as you receive?

This is a guest blog from the charity Revitalise. With the festive season fast approaching, many of us will hit the high street in search of the perfect gift for a loved one to place under the tree. With so many fantastic finds to be discovered in charity shops, why not indulge in a bit of rewarding retail therapy and give as you receive?

At Revitalise, we provide respite holidays for disabled people and carers that we hope will leave them feeling rejuvenated, reinvigorated and restored - just like our name suggests. Our guests tell us that what makes their time with us so special is not just the care we provide or the chance to get out and about, but what happens between people while they are with us. Relationships come alive and our guests are no longer ‘carer’ and ‘cared for’ but husband and wife, old and new friend – one human being and another.

There are so many reasons to love charity shops – not least because being a not-for-profit organisation with over a dozen charity shops across the South Coast region ourselves, we see first hand exactly where your money goes and how it helps. That’s why, we’re extremely proud to support the Love Your Clothes campaign and hope to leave you feeling inspired to think differently about the way you shop this Christmas.

Part of the charm of charity shops is never knowing what you might find. Whether you have an eye for vintage fashion, like to experiment with new styles or simply enjoy bagging a bargain, it can be really satisfying to find something you love, knowing your new item is entirely unique to you.

In an age of throw away fashion, many of us are guilty of having purchased a garment purely to keep up with the latest trends, but with an estimated 350,000 tonnes of clothing ending up in landfill each year in the UK, it’s time to reconsider what to do with our clothes once they no longer take pride of place in our wardrobes.

In choosing to recycle your clothes to charity, not only are you being kind to the environment, you are also doing your bit to make a difference to the lives of others. While to you your unwanted clothes, toys and other items may no longer be of value, think before you throw them out – in donating and purchasing items from charity shops like ours, you are helping to ensure that our doors are always open to the disabled people and carers we support.

It’s not just recycling that your clothes that is worthwhile; upcycling can be great fun too. Why not have a go at being ‘crafty’ this Christmas? With loads of inspiration, tips and tricks to be found online, a little creativity can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary once more.

So go on, make charity shops like ours feel cherished this Christmas time, you never know what you might find!