Charity shops in the area

Diane has asked us what local charity shops we recommend in the area. It's a weird gap in the local landscape that there are relatively few, but please help us compile a list of good ones (both for buying and giving).

43 comments:

TM aka Tyrwhitt Michael said...

The only charity shop that I know in the SE4 area is the Celia Hammond one on Lewisham Way.

Are there any others?

Matt-Z said...

That's long closed TM.

SamB_UK said...

The Celia Hammond one on Lewisham Way, unfortunately, hasn't existed for years - the shop front is still there, and the neuter clinic still operates, but the shop itself hasn't been open for as long as I can remember.

Mostly I tend to use the charity shops in Lewisham town centre. There's the Scope and Cancer Research shops on Lewis Grove, both of which have plenty of stock which is well organised, with a good selection of contemporary books and CDs. Similarly, the British Red Cross shop on the front of the shopping centre is spacious inside, and also has plenty of books in particular - so many that they're often BOGOF. I can't comment on the standard or range of clothes in any of these shops, as I don't tend to buy these from charity shops.

I once ventured into whichever shop it is on Deptford High Street, and gave up after about two minutes of climbing over the piles of stock that seemed to be everywhere.

TM said...

Clearly I need to get out more....or beyond the end of Tyrwhitt Road when I do!

meow said...

By the way, the Celia Hammond place on Lewisham Way is not just a neuter clinic, it's also a rehoming centre - there are hundreds of wistful cats in cages behind that unassuming facade, just waiting to be found a home!

They (Celia Hammond Animal Trust) are grateful for donations of newspaper, catfood, old bedding and towels. Oh, and money.

Anonymous said...

I've certainly eaten a few strays found locally... charity begins at home.

Sue said...

I like the Oxfam shop in Blackheath, though it's a bit more of a trek to get to than the ones in Lewisham. Also the shop on Creek Road in the Deptford Mission does good work.

Caroline said...

the well at top of deptford high street is good, as is the one in the parade of shops up there- deptford action for the elderly, lots of stuff. I hear there is a good one in Lee, Blackheath has two if I remember rightly.

Crystal Palace and Streatham (really good) are both good if you want to hop on the train. East Dulwich has a handful, Peckham has two, Walworth road a few too. Old Kent Road has a British Heart Foundation furniture one. Between Tulse Hill and West Norwood there are loads. Including Emmaus which has some good big bits.

I know this is not strictly Brockley but there are some good ones nearish. Would love one in New Cross!

Transpontine said...

Yes considering how many run down shopfronts there are we are a bit short of charity shops locally, none in New Cross or Brockley really.

For people getting rid of stuff it can be frustrating as some of the more up market ones can be choosy about what they take.

As a compulsive charity shopper (books and vinyl) I personally prefer the totally random fleamarket types to the ones that only sell newish stuff in good condition - you rarely find total obscurities at the latter.

Two main ones on Deptford High Street are Salvation Army and Scope. Further afield there's a couple in Blackheath (Oxfam is very good for books), two in Lordship Lane (Mind one by Goose Green roundabout is best), two in Peckham and lucky Herne Hill has its own Oxfam bookshop. Sydenham is the charity shop capital of SE London in my view, think there's four charity shops plus the wonderful Kirkdale Books and decent coffee at Blue Mountain.

Anonymous said...

There is also the marketplace on amazon and ebay.

NAT said...

Which is a step in the wrong direction Anon. Surprised that hadn't occured to you as in other matters you're often right.

Anonymous said...

Theres 2 or 3 in Catford precinct red cross is one,cant remember the others.

Caro said...

Beckenham has loads of good ones. Park in the Sainsburys car park or take the tram or train!

Brockley Jon said...

Forest Hill has a brand new posh Sue Ryder by Sainsburys, another new one for a charity I can't remember up by the pools, and a very good Red Cross shop right opposite the station (though I can't recommend that one as they throw the unwanted donations in the bin outside, which pisses me off!).

Tamsin said...

DAGE - Deptford Action Group for the Elderly - sell furniture and also deliver it!

Eco Computers in the Pepys Estate take old computer stuff, either for their museum or to recondition and pass on, or extract all that is useful and recycle.

Books - can be donated at the moment to Lewisham Pensioners Forum who are having a big sale on Sunday 9th October (contact me), or there may be another book sale in aid of Crisis in the Telegraph Hill Centre in the new year (depends on whether we've forgotten how much work the last one was).

Local charity, St. Christopher's Hospice has a good shop on the road down to Bromley - I think so far down that it is the London Road in Bromley rather than the Bromley Road in Catford. (And wonderful bakers almost next door - the Sponge Kitchen. Go for their Oatey loaves.) In the block before it is a rather more untidily arranged Barnardos and somewhere close by on the other side of the road is a Sense that sells furniture. I think there is a British Heart Foundation on the Old Kent Road that (most unusually for a charity shop) takes, checks and sells electricals.

I've had one of the ones in Beckenham well recommended for clothes.

Anonymous said...

Ive heard the one in Blackheath is good for designer labels.

tyrwhitt ali said...

Oh Tamsin, I'm in the middle of a big book sort out so more than happy to donate them to the book sale on 9th October. What's the best way to get them to you?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have some books to give away ...both in English and Swedish fictional books......Tamsin, how do we get in touch with you?

NAT said...

I have books to give away as well, sorry Tamsin looks like you're up again.

Tamsin said...

You ought to be able to e-mail to my gmail account by clicking on my name if it's highlighted in blue and I will get back to you. (And I'll try to remember to look at it more often than I usually do.)

Or phone me at work 020 8690 7869. We can collect if you like.

Caroline said...

also I think the New Cross Library is looking for lots of books too!

J said...

As someone who used to go to the two (Oxfam and Cancer Research) shops in Blackheath quite regularly, I've come to the conclusion that the local men who are 5'7'' with a 37'' inch chest must be immortal, as there are never any clothes in this size.

On a more serious note, the prices have become ridiculous these days ie no longer a bargain, and the shops themselves seem to be used mainly by fairly well-heeled looking women finding something to do with their days. Good for the charity shops. Not so good for the threadbare and skint among us. I'll still buy books from there though.

Didn't I read something recently (whistleblowing by an ex-employee) how so little - if any - of the profits from these charity shops makes it as far as the cause, once management, admin and logistics costs have been factored in?

I buy my second hand gear almost entirely and guilt-free from the internet now.

Brockley Nick said...

@J - I can imagine it's true that many charity shops generate little revenue for the charities, but finding a new home for used items and keeping a few people in jobs and a high-street property in use seems like a worthy end in its own right.

Tamsin said...

True, Caroline. And I was going to contact the organisers of the Jamaican Jumble to see if they wanted children's books that we might have left over after 9th Oct.

Transpontine said...

A pedant writes...

There was a debate on charity shops this morning on the Today programme, guy from British Heart Foundation reckoned they make about 18% profit on shops after rent, staffing etc. Well that's 18% more to charity than buying same from Amazon, but if I'm honest main motive for shopping in charity shops is the pleasure of serendipity - finding things you weren't looking for (which you don't tend to do online) and finding things that you won't find in any other high street shops.

In this respect I should have mentioned Bromley, where the charity shops by the train station (including a good Oxfam) are a merciful relief after the programmed - but sometime unavoidable - shopping experience of the Glades.

Molewife said...

I recently donated books to Crofton Park Library - they seemed very happy to take them.

Tamsin said...

Driven through it rather than stopped and explored (my family wouldn't let me) but Headington in Oxford seems a charity shop heaven and should offer interesting pickings. (Perhaps if you have to go that way take the Oxford Tube a couple of hours earlier than you need to.)

Guest said...

I am looking for a book called John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall.  I am looking to  pay £10.00 or under.  I prefer to pay cash.  I do not have a credit card nor do I have online banking.

I live in Bexleyheath. 

Thanks.

Guest said...

With regards to John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall I prefer a copy in hardback.

Thanks.

Guest said...

With regards to John of Gloucester I am on a budget.

Thanks.

Guest said...

With regards to John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall I live in Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

Thanks.

Guest said...

The book John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall is a fictional novel about the life of John of Gloucester - Richard llls' illegitimate son.

Thanks.

Guest said...

Re: John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall.  I prefer to visit a book shop which stocks the book and pay cash. 

Thanks.

Guest said...

I am looking for a novel called john of gloucester in hardback by wendy miall

Guest said...

Do you have good hardback copies of John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall and The White Boar by Marian Palmer also in a good hardback copy both for not more than £10.00 plus postage and packing not more than £6.00 for both or for one at £3.00 postage and packing.  I can come and collect if both or one of the books are on sale at the bookshop in Brockley if I can be emailed @ carole.pebble@gmail.com.  I am looking to buy both books but will be happy to buy John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall first if not then The White Boar by Marian Palmer but I like to buy both books.  If one or both can be purchased at the bookshop in Brockley then I can come and buy and pay cash.

Guest said...

Are you in brockley and do you have both books.  If I come along and buy both of them or one of them whichever you have and pay cash can I please have a receipt?  Thanks.

Guest said...

Please email me first carole.pebble@gmail.com if you have John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall first and then if you also have The White Boar by Marian Palmer second both in hardback and in good condition.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that you have John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall but if you have The White Boar by Marian Palmer I shall be grateful to buy both of them.

Thank you.

Guest said...

I carole pebble live in Erith kent England.  Thanks.

carole.pebble@gmail.com

Guest said...

Does nyone know where I can get a good second hand hardback copy of John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall for £10.00 or under.  I do not have internet banking and therefore like to go to the second hand bookshop and pay cash.

I live in Erith, Kent, England not in America.

This is not a comment but a plea for help.

Guest said...

I am not offering books but looking to buy one called John of Gloucester by Wendy Miall in good condition in hardback for £10.00 or under.  I like to go to the bookshop and pay cash as I do not have internet banking.

Thanks.  If you do have one or know who has one email me @ carole.pebble@gmail.com.  Please understand this is not a comment but a request for help.

Once again thank you.

C.

Sherlock said...

Here's a link for The White Boar it's a quid
 http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-white-boar-Marian-Palmer/dp/B0006BU28I/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1362669444&sr=8-1

And John of Gloucester is £20
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=835633521&searchurl=an%3DWendy%2BMiall%26ds%3D30%26sortby%3D13%26tn%3DJohn%2Bof%2BGloucester

That's the only way you're going to get these old books, not by loads of futile messages on a local blog.

Wendy Millyard said...

Hi all, it's been 2 years since anyone posted about local charity shops and I wonder whether since then any have opened in Brockley proper? And/or whether there are any charity clothing bins nearby? I've got a couple of bags of clothes and shoes that might be welcomed by someone...Many thanks!

Baby Jumble said...

We are holding a Baby Jumble baby & children's nearly new sale a Haberdashers' College in November. At previous sales, we've invited along a local charity shop to pick up any leftover items, which saves sellers having to take it all home again. Does anyone know of a local charity who'd be interested in getting involved? Our website details are here if you fancy a nosy - www.babyjumble.com

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