Another charity shop for hospice
Stepping Stone Hospice will soon be opening the doors to another charity shop in Alberton. Says hospice’s Retail Manager, Brenda Peach: “The decision to open a second store came from the growing need to showcase the larger furniture items we receive from the community, as our current shop doesn’t offer the floor space to do that. We needed somewhere to feature the bigger items, in a manner you’d expect to find on a furniture-shop floor.”
The shop, which is located in the Stats Building in Fore Street, in close proximity to the Alberton Boulevard, is certainly large enough to act as a showroom, boasting 450m² of floor space. “We have some alterations and shop fitting to do, but we hope to open our doors by mid-Feb,” says Brenda.
Stepping Stone Hospice’s charity shop journey has been an exciting one – from a few makeshift shelves in an office, to two containers converted into a second-hand shop, to the beautiful The Charity Shop in Alberton Mall, which opened in June last year, to this new one, which will also be known as The Charity Shop.
Stepping Stone’s first ‘container’ second-hand shop, Ububele, which traded out of the Amcare premises in New Market Park, will be closing its doors as soon as the new shop is up and running. “Ububele was a wonderful starting point for us,” says Brenda. “We learnt a lot about running a charity shop – from collecting and sorting goods, to pricing items and keeping track of top sellers, that kind of thing. Our focus now will be on the existing shop in the Alberton Mall (opposite Springbok Pharmacy) which will contain mostly bric-a-brac and other collectables, and this new shop, which will house home and office furniture, some appliances, clothing and books.
Says CEO, Tersia Burger: “We are very excited about the new charity store. Many people would be surprised at just how much revenue the sale of second-hand goods can bring in. That is why so many hospices and other non-profits have shops of this nature – as a means of generating funds to help cover day-to-day running costs. There’s that old adage that ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ and this is so true. Our shops wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations we receive from the community. We encourage everyone to keep supporting us with second-hand items of all shapes and sizes, so we can continue to raise much-needed funds for our hospice.”
Caption: Eager to welcome the first customers – Stepping Stone Hospice’s Retail Manager, Brenda Peach, can’t wait to open the doors to the organization’s second charity shop.